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Published on : Thursday, June 9, 2016
Rainbow eQuality, a new online guide to support Victoria’s LGBTI community better access to the services they need by helping health and community services to be more inclusive, has been launched by Victoria government.
Victoria’s Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy and Minister for Equality, Martin Foley, yesterday (June 8) launched Rainbow eQuality: a guide to LGBTI inclusive practice for health and human services at Parliament House.
“Rainbow e.Quality is one of our many new initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTI individuals and their families,” Foley said in a media statement.
The guide is a practical, accessible and easily applicable resource for health and human service providers.
The guide features information about delivering inclusive services that are welcoming, safe and easy to access for the LGBTI community.
It outlines standards that should be met when caring for LGBTI clients, understanding LGBTI health issues and best-practice examples of inclusive service delivery in Victoria.
“Our Victorian Budget 2016/17 delivered $6.4 million for the expansion of gender dysphoria health services. This recognises the increased demand of gender dysphoria services to better meet the needs of our transgender and gender diverse population,” Foley said.
“We will also put $15 million towards Australia’s first Pride Centre to showcase LGBTI art and history, bring together advisory, health and support services and provide safe community spaces,” he added.