For the second year in a row, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) is proud to be a sponsor of the NAIDOC LGBTIQ float at this year’s Midsumma Festival Pride March.
An annual celebration of arts, diversity and culture, the two-week festival has become a staple for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ community who last year led the march for the first time.
“This year’s festival is particularly celebratory and is a great opportunity to talk about the ways we can continue to improve outcomes for LGBTIQ people, especially in relation to health,” says NWMPHN CEO Adjunct Associate Professor Christopher Carter.
Sponsoring the float is part of a suite of NWMPHN initiatives to support and improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and LGBTIQ communities. Other activities include:
- Funding a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTIQ specific mental health, alcohol and other drug and suicide prevention programs
- Improving access to appropriate services through tools such as HealthPathways
- Investing in care navigators to improve the capacity of general practitioners and other health care providers to support patients with more complex needs
- Developing a Reconciliation Action Plan
- Delivering cultural awareness training and education for health care providers
The Pride March is a free event and will take place on Sunday 28 January at Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. More details can be found at midsumma.org.au