Thursday 17 May 2018


Bass Coast Health (BCH) recently received a small grant to commence a ‘Rainbow Tick’ project that will ensure a more welcoming and safe environment for members of the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community.

The opportunity for the health service to attain Rainbow Tick accreditation arose as a result of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations which found that Family Violence services need to become more inclusive of LGBTI people, whose history of social exclusion and discrimination make them more at risk of experiencing all forms of violence.

BCH has appointed a project worker for the next 12 months to start the journey towards attaining Rainbow Tick Accreditation, focusing initially on the Sub Acute and Community Care Division where the Family Violence services are located.  

The Rainbow Tick provides a benchmark for LGBTI-inclusive practice against which organisations can be independently assessed. Organisations that successfully attain the Rainbow Tick are demonstrating their commitment and ability to deliver LGBTI-inclusive services and to continuously review and improve the quality of care they provide to their LGBTI consumers.

Project Worker Helen Page explains, “The Rainbow Tick assures LGBTI consumers and potential staff and volunteers that an organisation has met the Rainbow Tick Standards – which means that the people caring for you are aware of and responsive to the unique and individual needs of all consumers – including LGBTI consumers”.

BCH staff proudly celebrated International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) Day last week. 

BCH CEO Jan Child said the health service is committed to ensuring that the needs of all individuals cared for by Bass Coast Health are met in a respectful and appropriate manner.

“In partnership with consumers and carers, we aim to provide an environment that recognises and responds to individual needs, supports preferences, and provides services that meet our consumers’ expectations”, she said.

The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) is the anniversary of the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder. IDAHO, was established in 2004 to draw attention to the discrimination that LGBTIQ communities experience around the world. In 2009, Transphobia was added to the title, and Biphobia was then added, with the acronym IDAHOBIT now increasingly used in English-speaking countries. IDAHOBIT Day is now celebrated on May 17 in more than 180 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal. Every year the global community of sexual and gender minorities identifies one specific focus issue for the celebrations around May 17. This year’s IDAHOBIT theme was ALLIANCES for SOLIDARITY.

For more information about BCH’s Rainbow Tick project contact helen.page@basscoasthealth.org.au or call 5671 3333.