Commitment to equity and inclusion

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Our inclusive culture ensures our employees are thriving and at their optimal wellbeing, which in turn enables us to provide the best possible care to our clients.

Mercy Health employs over 8,500 people who provide compassionate and holistic care to people through our acute hospitals, mental health programs, palliative and respite services, specialist women’s health services, aged care homes and home care services.

To ensure we can continue to provide the best possible care to people, it is essential that our employees themselves are thriving and at their optimal health and wellbeing. That’s why we are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion as it pertains to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) employees.

As part of our initiative to support our LGBTIQ employees, we recently launched an Equity & Inclusion Hub which is a ‘one-stop shop’ to access initiatives, resources and guides relating to diversity, equity and inclusion.

We want to foster an environment in which all people, regardless of their individual differences, can enjoy a safe and inclusive environment; a workplace culture that doesn’t just ‘tolerate’ or ‘accept’ diversity but openly embraces it. ​After all, diversity is all about accepting and embracing the individual differences that make each of us unique human beings.

Employee engagement and retention is high when people are accepted to be themselves. Mercy Health’s Group Chief Executive Officer Stephen Cornelissen says: “Respect is the foundation that enables us to provide a safe and welcoming workplace for every single person among our 8,500-strong workforce.”

By encouraging our LGBTIQ employees to bring their whole selves to work, we are fostering an inclusive culture and building solid teams to support our clients and the communities that we serve.

Last reviewed March 9, 2018.

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