In 2018, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) commenced our journey towards achieving Rainbow Tick accreditation, which involves meeting the six national standards of LGBTI inclusive practice. The Rainbow Tick is essentially a confidence mark that signals an organisation has reached a high standard of diversity and inclusiveness.
A disproportionate number of LGBTI people experience poorer mental health outcomes as well as discrimination, harassment and hostility in many parts of everyday life, impacting access to health services. Given our vision of improved health equity across WA, WAPHA has an important leadership role to advocate for safe, inclusive and culturally appropriate services for LGBTI people. We’re doing Rainbow Tick because it aligns with who we are as an organisation and what we’re all about – making primary care in WA better and more accessible for everyone.
Staff and Council and Committee Members
We welcome staff from the LGBTI community and actively seek LGBTI participation in our workforce through advertising on LGBTI specific job sites.
We also have a number of LGBTI specific positions on our councils and committees.
Celebrating with the LGBTI community
Each year WA Primary Health Alliance participates in a variety of LGBTI related community events across WA. These have included:
- Pilbara Pride
- Perth Pride Parade
And recognise significant events in the LGBTI calendar such as:
- Transgender Day of Visibility
- International Day International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) Day
- Pride Month
- International Non-binary Pride Day
- Wear It Purple Day
Community Engagement and Consultation
We have several mechanisms to engage and consult with communities across WA:
- Our Online Stakeholder Panel via Primary Health Exchange
- Industry networks such as the National LGBTI Health Alliance, GRAI, Diversity Council Australia
- Membership of the WA LGBTI Strategy steering group and WA LGBTI Strategy working group
We value feedback on how we can improve our diversity and inclusion initiatives at WA Primary Health Alliance. Submit feedback or suggestions for improvements you may have.
For LGBTI related questions or queries or a confidential chat please contact our Diversity and Inclusion Working Group on firstname.lastname@example.org.