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Thursday, 08 February 2018 17:46

Commitment to love & justice underpins Mercy Health LGBTIQ initiative

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0218MercyLGBTIQ 150Mercy Health has launched a new network called ‘Whole Self @ Mercy Health’ aimed at supporting the organisation’s commitment to equity and inclusion for its LGBTIQ employees.

A cross section of employees have developed the network which will provide valuable resources, networks and events for employees who identify as LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning) and their supporters.

The initiative is based on the belief that the intrinsic dignity of the human person, being made in the image of God, is the basis of all Catholic social teaching.

Membership to Whole Self @ Mercy Health will be open to all employees, both those who identify as LGBTIQ and their supporters.

Adj Prof Stephen Cornelissen, Group Chief Executive at Mercy Health said he was proud of Mercy Health for launching the new network.

“Whole Self @ Mercy Health is just another way of reaffirming our commitment to foster an equitable and inclusive workplace for all employees,” he said.

“Everyone deserves the right to feel safe and supported at work for who they are. While the network is currently focused on LGBTIQ communities, I am hopeful that similar networks will emerge for other groups that may feel marginalised in the workplace.

“Ultimately, it is Mercy Health’s Catholic commitment to love and justice, and to supporting those in need, that provides the foundation for a healthy, happy and productive workplace. A wise Sister of Mercy once said to me ‘Where there is love, there is God’.”

Mercy Health Australia is a ministry of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.

To see the original version of this story in full, visit the website of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.