Celebration and recognition of our First Nations people
Epworth HealthCare acknowledges the peoples of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which we work and care for our patients. We honour the unique and continued spiritual connection that Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to land, waters and culture.
Through reconciliation action, Epworth is committed to closing the gap and achieving equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in health and life expectancy.
Reconciliation Action Plan ( Reflect RAP )
The Reflect RAP at Epworth commenced in December 2020, with our approach to implementing our Reflect RAP being to:
- carry forward initiatives already underway;
- strengthen and build the clinical and cultural safety of our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients and staff, through support of operational practices and frameworks within our services that underpin NSQHS accreditation at Epworth; and
- focus on identifying external spheres of influence at Epworth, namely in philanthropy, clinical research and learning, with the long-term objective of making a meaningful and sustainable contribution to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health outcomes and life expectancy.
See our Reconciliation Action Plan (Reflect RAP) (PDF, 5.48MB)
At Epworth, we want to create an environment that is safe, inclusive and supportive. This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning (LGBTIQA+) people, patients, families and visitors.
Epworth proudly supports the LGBTIQA+ community and recognises the importance of diversity, inclusion, tolerance and support within our workplace and community.
We already have a strong culture grounded in both patient and employee experience. This connection will be strengthened with a renewed focus on empowering our people to further embrace diversity and inclusion.
Epworth is working towards Rainbow Tick Accreditation, and we are engaged in a number of events and activities, including Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival, Pride, Wear It Purple Day and IDAHOBIT.
Please see here for a summary on the 6 elements that we need for accreditation (PDF, 196KB)
People living with disability
At Epworth, our vision is to be a disability confident healthcare organisation.
This means that we will work towards:
- building an understanding of how people with disability relate to our business as potential and existing employees, patients, suppliers and stakeholders
- creating a culture of inclusion and removing barriers for people with disability; and
- adjusting our processes and services to enable individuals to participate as employees, consumers and stakeholders.