White Ribbon Accreditation achieved
Benalla Health has achieved White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation, recognising its significant efforts to stop violence against women.
Chief Executive Officer Janine Holland said the accreditation was a great honour for the organisation, which had been working hard on leading the community in the prevention of violence against women.
“Our efforts have been driven by our whole organisation, but in particular our Community Health Director Neil Stott, who is a White Ribbon Ambassador,” she said.
“To achieve accreditation, we have met 15 criteria under three standards to create a safer and more respectful workplace, building on gender equality and diversity initiatives through providing the tools to strengthen a culture of respect and gender equality at all levels of the organisation.”
Ms Holland said Benalla Health had recently had four staff sign up as White Ribbon Advocates to ensure all areas of the organisation were aware of the commitment to stopping violence against women.
“We have embedded policies and procedures into our organisation to make sure that we respond to and prevent violence against women and support our staff in challenging inappropriate behaviours,” she said.
“We ensure that we work with our community on raising awareness about violence against women and what they can do in recognising and preventing the behaviours which lead to it, including taking a lead role in organising and supporting the White Ribbon March in Benalla, which now attracts hundreds of residents.
“Our commitment to preventing violence against women goes right up to Board level, where we have signed a policy commitment which is displayed around the organisation.”