We’re Rainbow Tick Accredited
October 5, 2020
CHIRP Community Health have met national Rainbow Tick accreditation standards for organisations that are committed to safe and inclusive practice, and service delivery for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Gender Diverse, Intersex, and Queer (LGBTIQ) people.
“This is a fantastic feat of our organisation. Congratulations to our Rainbow Tick Committee and the LGBTIQ Community who have worked tirelessly on helping us to achieving each of these six Rainbow Tick standards, and to all CHIRP staff for their continued great work facilitating better health for the LGBTIQ community,” Quality Manager Michael McMahon said.
The findings of the most recent Victorian Population Health Survey show that mental health and general physical health are poorer for LGBTIQ adults compared with non-LGBTIQ adults, and a higher proportion have two or more chronic illnesses. Three measures of social capital were significantly lower for LGBTIQ adults, as were food security and home ownership.
“Community health centres offer effective preventative care, but stigma and discrimination may be barriers for LGBTIQ people to access the health services they need. Rainbow Tick makes it clear to the LGBTIQ community that we are a safe and inclusive place to attend. CHIRP Community Health is committed to ensuring that LGBTIQ people in the Mount Alexander community have access to quality health care,” Michael said.
“Our Rainbow Tick Committee will continue working together to ensure our organisation remains committed to LGBTIQ inclusiveness. We also have just recruited a new worker from the Working for Victoria strategy to assist directly with this Committee and its goals.”
Find out more about CHIRP Community Health services at www.chirp.org.au