A group of 15 corporate leaders

MNCLHD executive leaders: District Director Integrated Care, Allied Health and Community Services (ICAHCS) Jill Wong, Coordinator Coffs Clinical Network and GM CHHC Lydia Dennett, Acting Coordinator Hastings Macleay Clinical Network and GM PMBH Jo Campbell, District Director Digital Health Ian Treweek, Director Aboriginal Health and Primary Partnerships Robyn Martin, District Director Nursing and Midwifery Services Carolyn Heise, Director Integrated Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs / HSFAC Penny Jones, District Director Medical Services and Clinical Governance Philip Hoyle, Chief Executive Stewart Dowrick, Director Communications and Strategic Relations Vanessa Edwards, Regional Director Population and Public Health Valerie Delpech, Director Internal Audit and Risk Melanie Mearns, Director Research and Knowledge Translation Andrew Bailey, District Director Finance and Performance John Slaven.

Racism has no place in our workplaces and community

Mar 20, 2024

Tomorrow is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Today, the Mid North Coast Local Health District launched the ‘Racism. It Stops with Me’ information campaign, part of our Commitment to Preventing Racism.  

We are taking this stand as a District because everyone should be able to come to work and feel respected, valued, and safe. 

It’s almost 50 years since the Racial Discrimination Act passed through the Australian Parliament, making it unlawful to discriminate against a person because of their race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, or immigrant status. 

Yet racism and discrimination still affect people everywhere. It’s harmful, hurtful, and affects people’s wellbeing. It goes against our values as a health organisation, breaches our Code of Conduct, and is a workplace health and safety issue. 

We’re also informing the community about our Commitment to Preventing Racism through the video below, our website and social media. 

It will take time and action from everyone to create change. We can all act to increase our awareness and understanding of racism and how it impacts those affected. 

This campaign is just one step on the path of change. More resources will be available as the project continues and as our staff working group collaborates on fit-for-purpose systems and processes to address racism. 

To find out more about what we’re doing, visit our Commitment to Preventing Racism intranet page. The Australian Human Rights Commission website is where you can find extra information, particularly on how you can be an ally to support someone affected by racism. 

If you have been affected by or witnessed racism, we encourage you to speak out. There is support available. 

Racism has no place here. Racism stops with us. 

Watch our campaign video.

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