Dhelkaya Health raises the flag

On Friday, 17 May Dhelkaya Health staff and community came together at the Castlemaine campus flagpoles to raise two new flags on newly installed flagpoles.

Community representative Ian Gould from Dhelkaya Health’s Health Equity and Community Wellbeing Committee, together with Sherene Clow Dhelkaya LGBTQIA+ Wellbeing Officer raised the Intersex Inclusive Progress Pride flag. Aunty Kerri Douglas raised the Torres Strait Islander flag. Both flags will fly permanently from the flagpoles.

The flag raising event occurred on IDAHOBIT Day, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. The day is observed on 17 May to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBTIQA+ rights work worldwide.

Dhelkaya Health CEO Sue Race said: “We’re permanently raising these flags as part of our ongoing work to ensure our services are a safe space for marginalised communities. Everyone in our community has the right to seek the health care they are entitled to within a culturally sensitive way.” Dhelkaya Health is currently undergoing Rainbow Tick Accreditation, a quality framework that helps health and human services organisations show that they are safe, inclusive and affirming services and employers for the LGBTIQ community.

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