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    And The Winner Is...


    Congratulations to Wellways Tasmania who were presented with The Dorothies Award for inclusive practice in mental health care for 2017. The selection panel agreed the work they have been doing encompassing policy, staff training, and creating a welcoming environment - with a lot of that work being lead from the Burnie office - demonstrated they were leading the way as an inclusive mental health care service in Tasmania.

    Wellways receiving The Dorothies Award. L-R Susan Ditter (WIO EO), Georgie Harman (CEO beyondblue), Charles (Wellways)

    The Dorothies 2018

    The Dorothies Awards for inclusive faith-based organisations will be presented at an International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) event to be held in Hobart during May 2018 (date to be confirmed).

    The History of The Dorothies

    The awards were named after the Rev Dorothy McRae-McMahon who grew up on Tasmania's west coast and went on to become a leading figure in the Uniting Church and one of Australia's most respected lesbians. The name also echoes the old term "Friend of Dorothy", used by gay people to refer to each other and taken from the Wizard of Oz.

    Since the return of The Dorothies in 2012, a theme has been introduced for each award year.  In 2012/13 the awards focus was the workplace, in 2013/14 it was inclusive school communities, in 2014/15 it was medical practitioners and their practices, in 2015-16 it was ageing and aged care service providers, and in 2016-17 we will be acknowledging excellence in inclusive practice in mental health service providers. 

    Previous winners

    In 2012/13 the Boutique organisation winner for inclusive workplace practices was Hobart Women’s Health Centre and the large organisation winner was Glenview Services.

    In 2013/14 the outstanding school providing an inclusive community was Ulverstone High School.  Gagebrook Primary School, Rose Bay High School and Don College were highly commended.

    In 2014-15 the commendation award for lonstanding commitment to LGBTI people went to the Sexual Health Service, and an award recognising significant support was received by Dr Geoffrey Bradshaw, a psychiatrist in Hobart.

    In 2015-16 Uniting AgeWell was recognised for Inclusive Practice for LGBTI elders in a Faith-Based Care Service, and Glenview Community Services received two awards for Excellence in Inclusive Practice - one for the leadership team, and one for the whole organisation.

    In 2016-17 Wellways Tasmania received the award to recognise their work in improving their inclusive practice as a mental health service provider. This particular year saw the largest number of applications, and all nominees are to be congratulated on their work in this area.

    The 2018 Awards

    Who is eligible?

    The Dorothies will be awarded to faith-based organisations which have demonstrated inclusive practice for LGBTI community members and their families.

    Applications will be considered by the Dorothies selection panel.  Each entry will be anonymously reviewed by the Panel and ranked against the selection criteria.

    Click on the link to download a copy of the Nomination Form and for the Dorothies Awards 2018 Guidelines.

    For further information and an application form please contact WIO on 03 6231 1200 or