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    Dear friends of Working It Out
    I am very pleased to announce two new staff appointments:
    Lucinda Shannon is the new Silver Rainbow Project Officer.
    WIO is the Tasmanian partner for the National Silver Rainbow LGBTI Aged Care Awareness Training Project managed by the National LGBTI Heath Alliance with project partners across every state and territory in Australia. It is funded by the Federal Department of Health until June 2020. Silver Rainbow training project partners deliver training to aged care services, assessment teams, allied health services, and other stakeholders.
    Andrew Badcock is the new LGBTI Support Worker, providing individual support to those negotiating their gender, sexuality and or intersex status to:
    · Build individual resilience and pride in self-identity,
    · Strengthen and re-negotiate relationships,
    · Challenge existing systems,
    · Manage services e.g. medical, education, and
    · Support and create safe environments.
    Andrew will also facilitate peer support groups in the south along with Anna Cooper.
    Both Lucy and Andrew have an appreciation for the culture of the organisation, the requisite skills and an excitement for the work.
    There was tremendous interest in both positions. The applications were of high caliber and this reflects the enormous potential in Tasmania and the respect from you out there in the community for the work that we do. I would like to thank all who contacted us about both positions, for your enthusiasm and genuine interest.
    Best Regards,
    Susan Ditter
    Executive Officer
    22nd November 2018

    Media Release 
    Wednesday May 16th 2018 
    "The Baptist faith tradition, like many others, was born from the fires of discrimination.  As such, Baptcare take prejudice and equality seriously." - Andrew Billing, Baptcare Tasmania
    This year’s Dorothy Award for inclusive LGBTI practice has gone to Baptcare Tasmania at a special event in Hobart.
    The Dorothy Award is given each year to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) at a breakfast in Hobart organised by Tasmanian LGBTI support and training service, Working It Out.
    This year’s award was for inclusive practice by the faith-based organisation and was won by Baptcare Tasmania.
    WIO Executive Director, Susan Ditter, said
    “Baptcare demonstrated that they are actively addressing discrimination and prejudice and have developed a set of Diversity Standards and a Diversity Workgroup to help drive inclusion. It's great to see a Tasmanian faith-based organisation taking the lead on LGBTI inclusion."
    The Dorothy Award was accepted on behalf of Baptcare by Andrew Billing, General Manager of Mission Development, who said,
    "The Baptist faith tradition, like many others, was born from the fires of discrimination.  As such, Baptcare take prejudice and equality seriously.  This is well expressed in one of our WE CARE values:  Respect."
    "To us this means understanding and embracing each person’s individuality, standing up for their equality and protecting their dignity."
    "Our values, such as Respect, help to drive our actions in developing policy and practice that support LGBTI clients, employees and stakeholders and make sure we’re working diligently toward our mission of partnering for the fullness of life with all people regardless of age, culture, belief, sexual orientation and gender identity."
    "I acknowledge the great work done by the members of our Diversity Committee for their role in informing Baptcare diversity policy and practice.  This award recognises their work, as it does the work of all Baptcare people who diligently seek to make a difference in the lives of all groups who are disadvantaged or face prejudice.  Importantly it also encourages us to continue to live our values and evolve our inclusivity and diversity practices as we seek to provide quality of life outcomes for all those we serve."
    Also at this morning's event, Acting Police Commissioner, Scott Tilyard, spoke about improvements in the Tasmania Police Service since it began LGBTI awareness training and formal liaison with the LGBTI community over twenty years ago.
    He then announced that the 2019 Dorothy Award will be for inclusive practice in police and emergency services including the police, ambulance and fire services, the SES, and the state’s hospital emergency rooms.
    To see a copy of this statement on the web, click here
    For more information contact Susan Ditter on 0429 346 122.

    This year the Dorothies Awards are being presented to faith-based organisations who have demonstrated excellence in the provision of inclusive practice for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people, and other gender and sexuality diverse (LGBTI) Tasmanians.

    Have you had a great experience? Do you have a recommendation? Would you like to nominate someone? Send us an email  or call 6231 1200 and we’ll follow them up with a nomination pack (or you can access the pack directly here). Applications close May 4th, 2018.


    Announcing Working It Out's Valuing Diversity Framework in Schools 

    Working It Out is proud to announce that we will be able to continue our valuable work throughout 2018 to support schools, Principals and staff to support Lesbian, gay, bisexual, Transgender, gender non-binary students and students with intersex characteristics.


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    Taking Care

    The advertisement aired on Tuesday August 29th, 2017, could be damaging to so many people and so much of the work you have done to change things for the better.  Here are some steps to take at this time.



    If you would like to meet friends at Working It Out, our kitchen and lounge are open to you. If you would like to meet by Skype let us know as well.  We also have a badge making machine if you would like to distribute positive messages so please get in touch.


    Tasmania Police sends message of Support to LGBTI Tasmanians


    This message of support for Tasmania’s LGBTI community was delivered by the Tasmanian Commissioner of Police Darren Hine via social media yesterday, August 21st, 2017. Working It Out Inc also encourage everyone who experiences or witnesses bullying, discrimination or harassment to report it. While it's not always possible or desired to follow up specific incidents, it provides a statistical record of the number of incidences happening, as well as the time and location, which is all very valuable information and can lead to increased protections in the future if needed.



    Tasmania Police promotes respect, equality and inclusion of all members of our community.

    We recognise that attention and debate around the upcoming vote on same sex marriage may cause some LGBTI people to be feeling vulnerable.

    We work closely with the LGBTI community and want to reassure LGBTI people that Tasmania Police officers are committed to supporting them if they need our assistance.

    We encourage all members of the community to maintain respectful behaviour.

    Tasmania Police recognises that LGBTI people can be reluctant to come forward to seek help. We have trained LGBTI liaison officers to provide advice and assistance. They can be contacted via the Police Assistance Line 131 444.

    LGBTI people who experience bullying, discrimination or harassment can also report it to Equal Opportunity Tasmania (the office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner) on 1300 305 062 or through the Equal Opportunity Tasmania website at

    Darren Hine
    Commissioner of Police


    Welcome to Working It Out Inc

    WIO is a unique organisation in Australia providing a specialist service to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people and their families across Tasmania. We are proud of our reputation as an inclusive, community driven organisation respected by our members and other key stakeholders. WIO has the capacity, resources and desire to achieve our strategic goals. WIO has played a key role in identifying the nexus between suicide prevention and the importance of embracing diversity. WIO provides services designed to meet the needs of people negotiating their gender, sexuality and or intersex status through:

    Individual support;

    Support groups;

    Student education and support in schools;

    Training in workplaces;

    Policy development with government agencies;

    Partnership projects with mainstream services; and

    Partnership projects with LGBTI organisations.


    WIO is valued for its commitment to engage with individuals, and their families and friends, as well as service providers, educational institutions and employers in an empathetic way. WIO understands its target group, and LGBTI communities more widely and is inclusive of all 5 communities: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex. WIO reflects a sophisticated understanding of LGBTI community members’ culture, experiences and needs.

    Our Vision

    Working to create a more just society.

    Our Mission

     Honouring people’s diverse experiences to achieve inclusive understanding for LGBTI Tasmanians




    Supporting Working It Out
    You can support the organisation by becoming a member, nominating to sit on the Committee of Managament or donating to the organisation. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.















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