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NEW LGBTI IN­CLU­SION TRAIN­ING WEB­SITE LAUNCHED NSW’s lead­ing LGBTI health or­gan­i­sa­tion ACON is launch­ing a new of­fer­ing for health pro­fes­sion­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions seek­ing to im­prove their in­clu­sion prac­tices to bet­ter serve the needs to LGBTI clients, cus­tomers and staff.

ACON Pride Train­ing, for­merly ACON Train­ing and Con­sult­ing, of­fers train­ing pro­grams and pack­ages us­ing a web store­front for health ser­vices and or­gan­i­sa­tion in the ar­eas of men­tal health, do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence, aged care, so­cial work, al­co­hol and other drug sup­port work­ers, and sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive health.

“We know that when LGBTI in­di­vid­u­als ac­cess some main­stream ser­vices, they can en­counter road­blocks that may pre­vent them from get­ting ap­pro­pri­ate care and sup­port, and this can re­sult in poor health out­comes,” said ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill. “ACON Pride Train­ing will as­sist health pro­fes­sion­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions in the ar­eas of LGBTI aware­ness and in­clu­sion.”

ACON Pride Train­ing's multi-tiered pack­ages utilise a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties, me­dia and train­ing re­sources to en­gage with par­tic­i­pants through in-per­son, e-learn­ing or we­bi­nars train­ing op­tions. Pro­grams are highly in­ter­ac­tive with em­pha­sis on prac­ti­cal skills de­vel­op­ment, ap­pli­ca­tion to own prac­tice, and peer-driven sto­ries.

“ACON Pride Train­ing de­liv­ers cus­tomised train­ing pro­grams for or­gan­i­sa­tions that would like to pro­vide a more in­clu­sive ser­vice to their clien­tele,” Parkhill said. “Through learn­ing about the lived ex­pe­ri­ence of LGBTI Aus­tralians, par­tic­i­pants can de­velop a deeper un­der­stand­ing of LGBTI com­mu­ni­ties, and gain bet­ter in­sight into sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, sex, body char­ac­ter­is­tics, gen­der and gen­der ex­pres­sion. It is im­por­tant ser­vice providers are in­vested in the well­be­ing of all clients and con­sumers en­sur­ing they are de­liv­er­ing in­clu­sive and cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate ser­vices. It is about pro­vid­ing ac­cess, meet­ing duty of care and ef­fec­tively ad­dress­ing LGBTI health needs to pro­vide a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for all clients,” Parkhill added.

ACON Pride Train­ing will as­sist health work­ers and or­gan­i­sa­tions in­crease their ca­pac­ity in meet­ing the needs of LGBTI clients and em­ploy­ees. There are four train­ing pro­grams cur­rently avail­able:

· LGBTI In­clu­sive Prac­tice for Aged Care Sec­tor (eLearn­ing mod­ule)

· Rain­bow Buzz – In­clu­sive Prac­tice for Al­co­hol and/or Other Drug Sup­port work­ers (In-per­son train­ing) · LGBTI Aware­ness (In-per­son train­ing)

· Un­der­stand­ing LGBTIQ Re­la­tion­ships and Abuse (In-per­son train­ing)

More eLearn­ing mod­ules and con­tent in­clud­ing spe­cific train­ing for dis­abil­ity, men­tal health and sui­cide pre­ven­tion for GPs will be start­ing from Au­gust. Dis­counts are avail­able for groups of five learn­ers or more, as well as an in­tro­duc­tory dis­count of 20 per cent off through­out July.

ACON Pride Train­ing is the lat­est ad­di­tion to ACON's suite of in­clu­sion ini­tia­tive which in­cludes Pride In­clu­sion Pro­grams – in­cor­po­rat­ing Pride in Di­ver­sity, Pride in Sport and Pride in Health + Well­be­ing – and The Wel­come Here project.

“It is our ex­pe­ri­ence that or­gan­i­sa­tional cul­tural change is best achieved when there is an or­gan­i­sa­tion-wide holis­tic com­mit­ment to change that sup­ports a shared vi­sion of in­clu­sion. ACON is recog­nised as one of Aus­tralia's lead­ing LGBTI or­gan­i­sa­tions, hav­ing been born from, and deeply con­nected to, our com­mu­ni­ties for over three decades,” Parkhill said. “We have over 30 years of in-depth ex­per­tise in LGBTI health and our train­ers are LGBTI com­mu­nity con­nected shar­ing lived and pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Visit www.pride­train­ for more in­for­ma­tion

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