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We celebrate the rich diversity we have in our team and in the population we serve. Valuing and promoting inclusion is part of who we are. 

When you work with us you can bring your whole self to work knowing that we welcome and support people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disability and religions. 

As part of our commitment to being an inclusive and equal opportunity employer, we are part of the following:

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Rainbow Tick

We have achieved Rainbow Tick accreditation for inclusivity and diversity, the first District Health Board in New Zealand to reach this milestone.

Being a part of the Rainbow Tick community is a way of ensuring we continually improve our processes, our environment and our culture to be a great place to work for all our employees.

A Rainbow Tick is awarded to organisations that complete a Diversity & Inclusion certification process. The certification process tests whether a workplace understands, values, and welcomes sexual and gender diversity.

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Diversity Works

Having a workforce that reflects our community is important to us and it’s important to our patients. Seeing others with similar backgrounds our patients know they can be their authentic selves and that we will treat them with dignity and respect. Research shows this results in better health outcomes for our patients, community, and whānau.

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Accessibility Tick

We were one of the first organisations in New Zealand to be awarded the Accessibility Tick — a programme helping employers be part of the solution in creating a more accessible and inclusive New Zealand for people with disabilities. By signing up for the Accessibility Tick we have made a commitment to get accessibility right. To find out more visit Accessibility Tick().

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Hearing Accredited Workplace Programme

We recently received full accreditation under the Hearing Accredited Workplace Programme (HAWP), a nationwide initiative through the National Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

As part of our accreditation journey, we now have increased awareness of where communication barriers exist and how we can reduce them to improve experiences for our patients, whānau, visitors and kaimahi.

By signing up to HAWP, we have made a commitment to continue to be an inclusive employer and support the hearing needs of our patients, whānau, visitors and kaimahi.

To find out more visit the National Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.()

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Hidden Disabilities Sunflower

If you have a disability that isn’t immediately obvious to our staff – such as autism, dementia, a hearing impairment, anxiety, or any invisible disability – you may choose to wear a hidden disability sunflower lanyard during your time with us.

When you wear the lanyard, our staff will recognise you have an invisible disability and that you may need a little extra help or time.

Find out more.