Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council is proud to be a member of SCIN and to support the broad range of work that SCIN undertakes to create a more inclusive community. Bass Coast Shire Council has, and will continue, to benefit as an organisation from the expert support and advice that SCIN provide in terms of raising awareness of the needs of the LGBTIQ community within Bass Coast.
A message from former Bass Coast Shire Mayor
I embrace people for who they are, not for who they love, and stand with the LGBTI+ community to celebrate their achievements and contribution to society. I embrace the wonderful diversity they offer and will defend the rights of all, regardless of skin colour, gender or sexuality. Diversity is a wonderful reality, inclusion is a choice.
Love and best wishes, Cr. Pamela Rothfield
Vicki Bradley, South Gippsland Shire Council
Vicki represents South Gippsland Shire Council on SCIN in her role as social planning officer. She has been working in health promotion for over 20 years bringing a broad range of knowledge and established relationships with organisations to the group. As a SCIN ally Vicki is responsible for raising awareness of the needs of the LGBTIQ community in local government. She supports links between the work of Council and SCIN through a range of programs and plans that support diversity, health and wellbeing and inclusiveness.
Wellways Australia is a leading not-for-profit provider specialising in mental health, disability, carer support, youth and community care service. Established in 1978, we dedicate resources to advocacy to ensure systems are responsible and equitable, and society is inclusive. Our Vision is for an inclusive community where everyone can imagine and achieve their hopes and potential. We work with individuals, families and the community to help them imagine and achieve better lives.
Our collaboration with SCIN for over 2 years has seen the growth of storytelling and the sharing of lived experiences. We are proud of relationship we have built with SCIN and continue to support a wide range of SCIN activities, including peer reflection, inclusive online QPR training and a locally focused suicide prevention program.
With a strong connection to the LGBTIQ+ community, Wellways is a leader in the development of inclusive community programs including the Out Together project, a project funded by the Australian Government to improve the capacity of NDIS providers to recruit, train and support workers who identify as LGBTIQ+ and have their own lived experience of disability. With a supportive workplace culture, Wellways is proud to provide opportunities to our staff, program participants and their friends to participate in our Well Proud network and support local LGBTIQ+ community events.
Information on the Out Together project can be found on www.wellways.org/out-together.
For more information, visit wellways.org or call 1300 111 400.
Jackie Goodman – Bass Coast Health
Jackie represents Bass Coast Health at SCIN in her role as Community Engagement Manager. SCIN provides an important opportunity for BCH to meet with other service providers and community members to share ideas and resources, plan events and collaborate to improve experiences and services for the LGBTIQ community. Bass Coast Health is committed to addressing the barriers and discrimination LGBTIQ people may experience when receiving health services and to providing inclusive, respectful health care and a welcoming environment for all patients, visitors, staff and volunteers.
Drift Media is a independent media production house which has been in operation for over a decade. Their passion lies in helping communities to creatively strengthen and broaden their capacities.
In 2019, Drift Media collaborated with SCIN, and produced a series of films which highlighted, promoted and celebrated the LGBTIQ experience in South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires.