Same Same but Different Inclusion Forum

WorkUP Queensland ran the first of two online forums yesterday on 21 April, 2020. Same Same but Different provided an opportunity for participants to hear sector leaders and those with lived experience talk about the positive impacts of inclusive practice!

The focus of the full day workshop was inclusion for people with a disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse populations (CALD). Dr Brodie  Evans, Men’s Program Coordinator at Micha Projects gave a keynote addressing practical tips to embrace and celebrate diversity within our workplaces.

We also heard from Aunty Elsja Dewit, Cultural Healer at Murrigunyah Family & Cultural Healing Centre. She shared the importance of understanding and establishing key relationships in community, with personal insights for how achieve this.

Karni Lidell imparted knowledge as a person with a disability and engagement manager for Disability Connect QLD. Karni’s role is to increase employment of People with a disability across the Public sector. Her story highlighted ways we can create more holistic and responsive services for those with disability.

The voices of CALD survivors were also heard at the forum, providing participants with practical strategies for improving practice.

We received positive feedback from participants at Same Same but Different including:

“Inspiring and educational speakers”

“A great deal to digest, so thought provoking and informative”

“When I look at the lists… they are all things we do well…which gives me some encouragement”

“I liked Aunty Elsja’s message…to bring it back to the heart”

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