The Hunter Institute of Mental Health has been part of the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s MindOUT! Champions Project since August 2013.
The Hunter Institute has signed on again for 2017, to further increase inclusive practice within the organisation and to act as a mentor for organisations who have newly signed up to the project.
Our organisation was originally invited by the Alliance to participate in the pilot of the LGBTI Champions Project following previous partnership and collaboration on work across organisations. The Alliance has been funded by the Department of Health for the MindOUT! project which is designed to improve the mental health and suicide outcomes for LGBTI people.
The Hunter Institute was chosen to participate in the pilot
because the Alliance identified the organisation as being interested in
proactively demonstrating the inclusion of LGBTI people within their programs
and is proud to have been featured in the ‘Champions of Inclusion: A guide to
creating LGBTI inclusive organisations’.
‘Champions of Inclusion: A guide to creating LGBTI inclusive organisations’
Champions Of Inclusivity Low Res Final
Meet our Champion
Since taking on her role as the our LGBTI champion, Kristy Platt has been working with the support of the leadership team to promote the inclusion of LGBTI people across organisational programs and to support responsive, inclusive and safe working practices.
“We know that there is still a large disparity between the mental health and wellbeing of these Australians compared to the general population, and I look forward to continuing the Hunter Institute’s mission of proactively demonstrating the inclusion of LGBTI people within our programs, she said.”
While Kristy only took on the LGBTI Champion role in July 2016, she was already actively promoting the inclusivity of LGBTI people within the Hunter Institute’s work, as a co-developer of Mindframe’s first LGBTI-specific media resources, co-presenter at the first Mindframe media training session for LGBTI-specific media in 2013, and co-presenter with the JOY 94.9 GM at the CBAA Conference the same year.
"The Hunter Institute has always had a strong relationship with LGBTI organisations such as the LGBTI Health Alliance, MindOUT!, ACON and JOY 94.9, and I’m enjoying building on these relationships and forming new ones with other LGBTI Champion organisations,” she said.
Kristy looks forward to continuing and improving the work the Hunter Institute has done in partnership with the LGBTI community and other partner organisations.