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Position Statement

Family Violence position statement

At this hospital we recognize that family violence across the life span is a complex and serious community issue, most commonly experienced by women and their children.  It has both immediate and long-term impacts on the physical, psychological and social health and well-being of those affected.
As a health service we are in a unique position to identify people at risk, sensitively enquire if we can help and make referrals to specialist family violence services if required. By doing so we will help to reduce the incidence of family violence and its impact on individuals, families, the community and the health system.
We will support our staff both professionally and personally in relation to family violence to ensure their well-being and safety.
Our vision is a future where our community is free from family violence and where healthy, respectful relationships are the norm. As a hospital we can make a significant contribution to achieving this vision and contribute to changing behaviours and community attitudes through our clinical practices, education and advocacy programs.

Child Safety position statement

SGH is committed to the protection of our community’s most vulnerable members and as such we promote and protect the interests and safety of children. SGH believes that all children have the right to live and grow physically, emotionally and developmentally in a safe, nurturing and empowered environment.

SGH has zero tolerance for child abuse. Everyone working at SGH is responsible for the care and protection of the children within our care and reporting information about suspected child abuse.  Child protection is a shared responsibility between SGH employees, workers, contractors, associates, and members of the SGH community.

SGH will welcome and consider the opinions of children and use their opinions to develop child safety and wellbeing policies. SGH supports and respects all children and is committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, and those from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children living with a disability.

SGH is committed to meeting the 2022 Victorian Child Safe Standards and the legislative requirements of the mandatory reporting, disclosure of information and information sharing for children at risk of harm.

Updated May 2022

Gender Equality position statement

SGH is committed to providing employment, health care and all related business based on the principles of access, equity and respect. Staff are expected to provide excellence in care and a safe, welcoming and inclusive health service by respecting and appreciating what makes each individual different, including Aboriginality, age, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education and national origin.

South Gippsland Hospital Gender Equality Action Plan 2021-2025