The Board of Health has endorsed a Diversity Charter that will be widely promoted, and at a minimum, be displayed in all three Health Unit sites. This statement will be visible to staff and to clients seeking services from the Perth District Health Unit. It will also be included in the orientation of all new Health Unit staff:

“We believe that diversity enriches the communities in which we live and work. The Perth District Health Unit celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, regardless of race; background; education; ethnicity; language; culture; religion; sexual orientation; sex; gender or gender identity; marital, parental or family status; age; ability; employment status;  economic status; appearance or health status. The Perth District Health Unit promotes an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. It is our hope that every client, community member, volunteer or staff person will see themselves as valued in the organization and in the community.”

Safe Space Commitment

Did you know that Perth District Health Unit is committed to being a Safe Space?

Image of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two Spirit, Queer Positive Space sticker.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two Spirit, Queer (LGBTQ) Positive Space sticker.

A Safe Space is when the environment supports people of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and gender identities. The care in a Safe Space reflects the health needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two Spirit, Queer (LGBTQ) clients.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two Spirit, Queer (LGBTQ) people have many of the same health concerns as anyone else, but cultural differences and the impact of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and systemic discrimination mean that these health needs may be experienced quite differently. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two Spirit, Queer (LGBTQ) people also have some unique health concerns and may be at increased risk for certain health issues. (Rainbow Health Ontario, 2014)

The Health Unit ensures their staff and volunteers understand the issues around sexual and gender diversity so that we can ensure the comfort and safety of all clients and staff.

You will find these stickers at the entrances to all Health Unit locations to indicate our commitment to being a Safe Space.

For more information about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two Spirit, Queer (LGBTQ) health, please visit Rainbow Health Ontario.

For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two Spirit, Queer (LGBTQ) support, please visit Egale Canada Human Rights Trust or PFLAG Canada.