The Djerriwarrh Health Services (DjHS) incorporates the Bacchus Marsh and Melton Regional Hospital, Bacchus Marsh Community Health Centre, Melton Community Health Centre, Caroline Springs Community Health Centre, Melton Health and Grant Lodge Residential Care serving an estimated catchment population of 120,000. The Health Promotion team at DjHS works both within the DjHS health centres and in the Melton and Moorabool community with a focus on 4 key projects: Linking Melton South, Gender Equity, Linking Rockbank and Healthy DjHS.
Djerriwarrh workplace and community health initiatives are coordinated by the Health Promotion Team with the support of the Health and Wellbeing Working Group. The Healthy DjHS project aims to support staff health and promote inclusion and accessibility for community members engaging with the service.
2021 Current projects:
Rainbow Tick project
The Health Promotion Team are working on a project to improve accessibility to our health service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) community members. This project aims to progress the organisation through achieving the Rainbow Tick accreditation and create a safer, more inclusive service for our diverse community. We are in the early stages of this project, and welcome feedback and involvement from our local community on how we can work together to achieve this. If you would like to hear more or be involved please contact Ben at: Benjamint@djhs.org.au for further information.
What we have achieved so far:
· LGBTI Culturally Inclusive Practice professional development session delivered to Managers and Executive staff in 2021
· LGBTI Cultural Sensitivity and Trans and Gender Diverse training rolled out to staff in 2020-21
· Health Promotion Staff completion of HOW2 training delivered by La Trobe University and Rainbow Health Victoria in 2019-20
· A Program Logic, Project Plan, Consumer Engagement Plan, Workforce Development Plan and Training Calendar have been developed
· The Terms of Reference for the internal Rainbow Tick Project Working Group has been drafted and there are plans to run a series of external LGBTIQ focus groups. These initiatives are on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and internal prioritisation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
· Rainbow Tick newsletter promoted to staff in 2019-20 (put on hold due to pandemic clashes)
· Recognition of dates of significance
· Audit of the health service against the Rainbow Tick standards, including organisation wide staff survey
· Rainbow Tick established as standing agenda item on Diversity Committee meetings
For enquiries call our Health Promotion Team on:
Ph: (03) 9361 9301
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