BreastScreen Victoria receives Rainbow Tick Accreditation

BreastScreen Victoria's commitment to diversity, inclusion and accessible screening has been recognized with a Rainbow Tick. 

The organisation’s BreastScreen Coordination Unit received the Rainbow Tick for providing inclusive and progressive services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people, becoming the first screening program in Australia to be recognized by the national accreditation program.

CEO Ms Vicki Pridmore said achieving Rainbow Tick accreditation was the culmination of many years’ work to better understand the needs of LGBTI people, create new policies and train BreastScreen Victoria staff.

“We recognise that LGBTI people in our target demographic are under-screened and face systemic barriers to screening.

“Our staff have been working with the community and organisations such as Transgender Victoria to make our services more accessible by understanding and removing any barriers that may exist between an LGBTI person and screening.”

Listen to Vicki talk with Arion Potts of JOY FM more about what achieving the Rainbow Tick means for BreastScreen Victoria. Vicki also talked with Sally Goldner on 3CR's community radio program Out of the Pan about the journey and learnings. The segment begins at 06:30.

Accreditation reassures LGBTI clients and staff that they will receive inclusive services and be treated with dignity and respect, no matter how they identify. We’re extremely proud to receive the Rainbow Tick, but we know there is more work to do.  This accreditation is an important step that will drive ongoing quality improvement throughout the organisation.

Find out more about our commitment to LGBTI and Trans and Gender Diverse people.