Diversity and inclusion at Peter Mac

We value our diverse communities. Culture and cultural needs are important when living well or during illness

We have designed a diversity and inclusion action plan, the ‘United Colours of Us’. This is our commitment to you to improve health outcomes and reduce barriers to best cancer care.

Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan 

Our diversity and inclusion action plan, United Colours of Us, was developed through extensive consultation with consumers and stakeholders. The plan aims to achieve its action items within a three-year period, advancing and strengthening our relationships with our diverse communities. This improves our approach to diversity and inclusion in order to provide the best cancer care. By better engaging with, and understanding, the needs of our diverse communities we will reduce disparities in healthcare outcomes. 

Intersectionality Position Statement 

We use an intersectionality lens. This underpins, influences and improves our approach to diversity and inclusion in healthcare.  

Gender Equality Action Plan 2022-26 

The Gender Equality Act 2020 (Vic) (the Act) mandates us to help gender equality. We do so by implementing a Gender Equality Action Plan. 

Our Gender Equality Action Plan is an evidence-based document. We created this in consultation with key stakeholders. A gap analysis of workforce statistics also helped. 

We developed the Gender Equity Action Plan by engaging our people. Their diverse experiences and perspectives for change have informed the plan.  

Implementing our Gender Equity Action Plan requires the commitment of the entire community to succeed. Our leadership has created key performance indicators. These indicators create accountability in advancing gender equity.  

A safe and included workforce lets us deliver the best cancer care for patients.  

Equity and respect are central to our values. We commit to taking the lead in promoting gender equity. 

Sexual and Gender Diversity in our Electronic Medical Record (EMR) 

We are proud to care for patients and carers in the LGBTIQA+ community. We have included terms and fields to ensure the EMR works for everybody. People use many words to describe sexual orientation and gender identity. These terms are important for inclusive and tailored health care. This information may also be important in decision making by your clinical team.  

The 'EMR Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)' form improves patients' experiences. This is particularly for those who associate with the LGBTIQA+ community. We do this by documenting various fields in our medical record system. These include chosen name, pronouns, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We share this with the  

  • Royal Children’s Hospital 

  • Royal Melbourne Hospital 

  • Royal Women’s Hospital.

We educate our staff on having safe and sensitive conversations with patients. We also encourage patients with Health Hub accounts to update their own details. 

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