Pride in hospital diversity for IDAHOBIT Day

INCLUSIVE: headspace Ballarat's Andy Penny, BHS consumer participation officer Lee-Anne Sargeant, BHS psychiatric nurse Aaron Gore and  BHS chief executive officer Dale Fraser in a colourful, united celebration of diversity. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric
INCLUSIVE: headspace Ballarat's Andy Penny, BHS consumer participation officer Lee-Anne Sargeant, BHS psychiatric nurse Aaron Gore and BHS chief executive officer Dale Fraser in a colourful, united celebration of diversity. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

PSYCHIATRIC nurse Aaron Gore has proudly hosted a bigger, more colourful celebration for equality and diversity in Ballarat Health Services on Thursday.

BHS marked its second annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Staff and community members ate rainbow cake and colourful treats in the Base Hospitals’ Gardiner-Pittard atrium in the months after same-sex marriage became legal in Australia.

“I’m really proud to be a mental health clinician promoting this international day. People used to be put in hospital for being gay,” Mr Gore said. “We’ve been getting a lot of support from so many staff for this event.”

BHS chief Dale Fraser said the organisation was working towards an official rainbow tick to officially recognise its work on inclusiveness, diversity and awareness

“We celebrate all cultures and all people,” Mr Fraser said. “This includes the 4000 people who work for us and the countless people who come through our doors. We want to ensure we have the skills and environment to meet all needs.”

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