Letter from Board Chair and Chief Executive

Friday, September 08, 2017

Dear Eastern Health Staff, Volunteers, Patients and Carers

Eastern Health embraces diversity and equality. We are committed to providing a workplace that is safe, compassionate and inclusive of all cultures, ages, genders, sexuality, backgrounds and religious beliefs.

At this time, during the marriage equality debate, we would particularly like to express our respect and support for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) staff, volunteers, students, patients and their families as we understand that this may be a challenging time.

If you are feeling personally affected by the upcoming postal vote, please reach out to your colleagues or manager for support. Alternatively, there are a number of external support options available 24 hours a day through the:

• Employee assistance provider Converge International on 1300 627 327
• Nurse and Midwife Support telephone line on 1800 667 877
• Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria on 9415 7551
• Victorian Doctors’ Health Program on 9495 6011
• beyondblue on 1300 22 4636
• Switchboard (LGBTI service) on 1800 184 527

We appreciate there will be many opinions during this discussion and we encourage our staff and patients to demonstrate respect and kindness towards each other – now and always.


Dr Joanna Flynn AM                     Adj Prof David Plunkett

Board Chair                                    Chief Executive