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Walking the Talk – Towards Truly Inclusive Services for Diverse Families and Communities
Relationships Australia Queensland (RAQ) services are now being accessed by populations not even considered when it first opened its doors in 1952, as The Marriage Guidance Council.
Today Queensland is home to approximately 220 languages and countries of origin and the practice of 100 religions. Approximately one third of our population was born overseas (up from 20% in 2011)
3.6% of our population is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and 1 in every 5 Queenslanders lives with a disability.
Definitions of family have also evolved to now commonly include single or same-gender parents, separated, extended and blended families, biological, non-biological, multi-racial and multi-faith families, birth families and foster or kinship care families.
Needless to say, service design and delivery that genuinely considers the needs of diverse families and communities is no longer just a nice thing to do – it is our responsibility.
In November, 2016, Relationships Australia Qld appointed its first Manager – Diversity & Inclusion, to Head a new Access & Inclusion portfolio and in doing so has made an explicit commitment to become a community service that is truly accessible to all of community.
If we are to be the change we want to see in the world, as a mainstream human services organisation, we must engage in significant cultural work on the inside, as well as rethinking how we deliver services on the outside. After two years in the role of Manager – Diversity & Inclusion, Chris Pye, is just getting started.
In this presentation he will outline identified priorities and key strategies engaged, as well as current challenges and future aspirations.
Whether you, too, are grappling with the complexities of diversity and inclusion in your own agency or perhaps have valuable learnings of your own to share, this interactive session will provide a focus for a conversation of increasing immediacy and relevance in our sector.
Chris Pye moved to Australia from the UK in 1998, and worked as a freelance applied theatre practitioner before completing a Master of Counselling in 2005. Chris joined Relationships Australia Qld (RAQ) in 2007 and helped to develop RAQ’s Rainbow Program for the support of LGBTIQ clients. In 2016, Chris was appointed to the role of Manager – Diversity & Inclusion, and is responsible for strategic development in the area of access and inclusion for clients of RAQ’s target diverse populations.