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Diversity: Home

Our Northeast Victorian community is diverse and growing, and that growth is resulting in increased demand for our services. It is imperative that we understand and listen to our community, and work alongside them to shape the future of our health service.  Within the Rural City of Wangaratta 16% of residents were born overseas and 1.3% are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander[1] In addition, and in line with the rest of Australia, North East Victoria is ageing on average, with a median age of 45 years.[2]   This library guide provides a collection of resources to support to NHW staff and assist in the provision of culturally, spiritually and inclusively appropriate care to every patient, every time. 

Disability resources

Breaking Down The Barriers For Victorians With Disability

Inclusive Victoria:State Disability Plan 2022–2026 is available in accessible formats, including easy read, braille, audio and Auslan at vic.gov.au/state-disability-plan.

 

 

 

 

 

The Disability Services Commissioner (DSC) is an independent oversight body resolving complaints and promoting the right of people with a disability to be free from abuse.

 

 

Disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak Download (177.5 kB)

Inclusion Australia (NCID) is the national peak body for intellectual disability. We focus on issues that affect the lives of people with intellectual disability and their families.

Cultural Diversity resources

Multicultural Centre for Women's Health has a specialist library of women's health information for migrant and refugee communities in over 70 languages including easy-to-read English.  Browse the online catalogue of multilingual library resources and learning materials that support advocacy, education, training and knowledge sharing with women from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Would you like information in different languages?  Do you work or study with women from migrant and refugee backgrounds? Would you like to learn more about the experiences of women from migrant and refugee backgrounds.  

Browse catalogue    |    Go to Website for more information

 

 

 

The new children’s book the ‘Spirit of Sound’, is a collaboration with artist Davinder Hart, of the Noongar nation and is available free to organisations who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children across the country in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of regular hearing checks early in life.  Download here   |   More information

undefinedThe Australian Government's Department of Health Aged Care Diversity Framework provides guidance for an accessible aged care system for every care recipient..

Diversity Council Australia (DCA) is the independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We provide unique research, inspiring events and programs, curated resources and expert advice across all diversity dimensions to a community of member organisations.

Gender Equality & LGBTIQA+ resources

Gender Equality Act 2020

The Gender Equality Act 2020 commenced on the 31st March 2021. The Act aims to improve workplace gender equality across the Victorian public sector, universities and local councils. 

We commit that all at NHW will:

  • Work & thrive in a safe & equal work place
  • Have equal access to power, resources & opportunities
  • Be treated with dignity, respect & fairness

We will action gender equality by:

  • Workplace gender auditing & impact assessments
  • A Gender Equality Action Plan
  • Policies, programs & services that support gender equality

We recognise that gender inequality may be compounded by other forms of disadvantage or discrimination that a person may experience on the basis of Aboriginality, age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation & other attributes.

We recognise that gender inequality may be compounded by other forms of disadvantage or discrimination that a person may experience on the basis of Aboriginality, age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation & other attributes.

 

Northeast Health Wangaratta is working towards Rainbow Tick Accreditation and inclusive practice for LGBTQIA+ patients, carers, visitors, staff and volunteers.

Rainbow Tick is an accreditation program that aims to assist organisations improve the quality of care and services they provide to their LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual) consumers, staff and volunteers.

A list of local, government and support organisations and services available for LGBTIQA+ Individuals is available here on the NHW intranet.

For further information contact: Allison Leatham or Tessa Archbold on 25073 or email at rainbow.pride@nhw.org.au

The National LGBTI Health Alliance is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people and other sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTI) people and communities.

A list of local, government and support organisations and services available for LGBTIQA+ Individuals is available here on the NHW intranet.

The Gender Equality Act 

The Commission has published a range of guidance materials and best practice resources on our website to help defined entities to meet their obligations. Impact assessment, audits and action plans to support the implementation of the Victorian Gender Equity Act 2020


 

 

 

 

VAHI report: Health and wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer population in Victoria: findings of the Victorian Population Health Survey 2017. The report and associated resources are now available via the Better Safer Care website.


 

The National LGBTI Health Alliance is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people and other sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTI) people and communities.


 

Aged Care Diversity Framework initiative

This framework sets out how our aged care system can meet the diverse needs of all older Australians. It includes action plans for government, aged care providers and consumers. It also provides resources to help providers meet the goals of the framework.


 

Burgess, C., Kauth, M. R., Klemt, C., Shanawani, H., & Shipherd, J. C. (2019). Evolving Sex and Gender in Electronic Health Records. Federal practitioner : for the health care professionals of the VA, DoD, and PHS36(6), 271–277.

Waling, A., Lyons, A., Alba, B., Minichiello, V., Barrett, C., Hughes, M., Fredriksen-Goldsen, K., & Edmonds, S. (2020). Trans Women’s Perceptions of Residential Aged Care in Australia. British Journal of Social Work50(5), 1304–1323

Waling, A., Lyons, A., Alba, B., Minichiello, V., Barrett, C., Hughes, M., Fredriksen, G. K., & Edmonds, S. (2019). Experiences and perceptions of residential and home care services among older lesbian women and gay men in AustraliaHealth & Social Care in the Community27(5), 1251–1259

Berkman, C., Javier, N. M., Lawton, A., Maingi, S., O’Mahoney, S., & Stein, G. (2020). Experiences of LGBT Patients and Family Members with Hospice and Palliative Care (TH352)Journal of Pain & Symptom Management, 59(2), 432–433. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.12.086

Jacobs, R. and Ross, S. (2016). National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender And Intersex Mental Health And Suicide Prevention Strategy: A New Strategy For Inclusion And Action. Retrieved from http://lgbtihealth.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/LGBTI_Report_Mental...

Wilson, K., Stinchcombe, A., Ismail, M., & Kortes-Miller, K. (2019). LGBTQ2+ aging in Canada: Building the evidence and informing actionCanadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 28(3), 257–260. https://doi.org/10.3138/cjhs.2018-0049

Klein, D. A., Paradise, S. L., & Goodwin, E. T. (2018). Caring for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Persons: What Clinicians Should KnowAmerican Family Physician, 98(11), 645.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health resources

The Department of Rural Health invites you to attend the 7th annual Ngar-wu Wanyarra Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Conference.  This year our conference will be held in-person at The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health, 49 Graham St Shepparton on Yorta Yorta Country with an online option if you prefer. 

 

We are currently finalising our conference program with Keynote Speakers Adam Goodes and Sue-Anne Hunter (Yoorrook Justice Commission) and over 20 abstracts from First Nation presenters across Australia.  Conference updates can be viewed on the Department of Rural Health website. https://go.unimelb.edu.au/7iie.

 

Please register online at https://go.unimelb.edu.au/9ree by COB Wednesday 21 September 2022. 

 

Ticket prices

Attending Face to Face

  • $100 Conference - Non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be included)
  • $40 Conference - Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be included)

Attending Online

  • $60 Conference - Non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people
  • $25 Conference - Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people

$50 Conference Dinner – The dinner will be held in Shepparton, venue details to be confirmed at a later date

$15 Craft Classes – Further details to follow

 

If you have any further enquiries please contact Ms Di Doyle, Events Coordinator P. 5823 4512 or E. aboriginal-health@unimelb.edu.au.

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Anita Cooper 

What is your job at NHW?  I share my time between my roles as Employee Support & Wellbeing Coordinator in Human Resources, and the Aboriginal Health Service Liaison Officer for Community Health.

What does Reconciliation mean for you?  An acknowledgement of history and working together, hand in hand, to develop a mutual respect to influence change. Reconciliation is everyone's business.

What do you like best about living in Wangaratta?  Being close to family, culture and this beautiful countryside.

What's the strangest talent you have?  I can paint with both hands.  Not that I do that much anymore!

What is your favourite saying?  I appreciate you.

Contact:
Tel: (03) 5722 5700 Mobile: 0447 164 626
Anita.Cooper@nhw.org.au or HR@nhw.org.au

 

 

 

 

Ethical guidelines for research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

NHMRC has released two revised guidelines:

Other NHMRC ATSI Reports:

Further information and resources are available on the NHMRC website.

Cultural safety in health care for Indigenous Australians: monitoring framework

This report brings together available data to assess progress in achieving cultural safety in the health system for Indigenous Australians. The framework includes measures on culturally respectful health care services; Indigenous patient experience of health care; and access to health care services. The data are presented at the national, state and regional levels.

More AIHW Indigenous Australian Reports are available HERE

 

Helping to close the gap by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

  • Promote & Practice - searchable database of Publications, Policies, Program, Resources and Organisations

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Informit Health Collection, and Informit Indigenous Collection are good databases to start looking for articles relating to Australian Indigenous health. If the full text of the article you need is not available in the Indigenous Health database, please submit an article request form.

 

Helen Bnads, Elizabeth Orr, C John Clements, Improving the Service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through Innovative Practices Between Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers and Social Workers in Hospitals in Victoria, AustraliaThe British Journal of Social Work, Volume 51, Issue 1, January 2021, Pages 77–95, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcaa032


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags

Northeast Health Wangaratta acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which we stand and pay our respect to the Elders both past & present.

Julie Day | Librarian | Health Sciences Library | Northeast Health Wangaratta | PO Box 386, Green St, Wangaratta, VIC 3677, Australia Tel: (03) 5722 5286 | Email: Library@nhw.org.au