The Hunter Institute of Mental Health has been invited to continue its involvement in the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s MindOUT! Champions Project, with the announcement of Kristy Platt as the new LGBTI Champion.
For more than 20 years, the Hunter Institute has been dedicated to health equity and working in a way that values and respects the full diversity of the Australian population. Throughout this time, the Hunter Institute has worked in partnership with individuals, families, organisations and communities to deliver programs that contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians, with a particular focus on priority populations including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) individuals and communities.
Since taking on her role as LGBTIQ champion, Kristy has been working with the support of the leadership team to promote the inclusion of LGBTI people across organisational programs and to support responsive, inclusive and safe working practices.
“We know that there is still a large disparity between the mental health and wellbeing of these Australians compared to the general population, and I look forward to continuing the Hunter Institute’s mission of proactively demonstrating the inclusion of LGBTI people within our programs.”
Some of the more recent work by the Hunter Institute in this area includes:
While Kristy only took on the LGBTI Champion role in July 2016, she was already actively promoting the inclusivity of LGBTI people within the Hunter Institute’s work, as a co-developer of Mindframe’s first LGBTI-specific media resources, co-presenter at the first Mindframe media training session for LGBTI-specific media in 2013, and co-presenter with the JOY 94.9 GM at the CBAA Conference the same year.
Kristy looks forward to continuing and improving the work the Hunter Institute has done in partnership with the LGBTI community and other partner organisations.
"The Hunter Institute has always had a strong relationship with LGBTI organistions such as the LGBTI Health Alliance, MindOUT!, ACON and JOY 94.9, and I’m enjoying building on these relationships and forming new ones with other LGBTI Champion organisations.”
Learn more about the National LGBTI Health Alliance MindOut Champions Project.