Proud to leading the way on improving accessibility

We are working to make sure St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (SHVM) is an accessible service provider and employer and that we meet the needs of Victorians of all abilities.

To help guide us to reach this goal sooner, we recently launched our Access and Inclusion Plan for People with Disability 2023-2025. You can read the full plan here or read the plain English version of the plan here.

Input from patients, consumers and employees helped to shape the updated plan. Staff from specialist clinics, inpatient services, allied health, mental health, addiction medicine, pain services, community services, cultural inclusion, correctional health, quality and improvement, engineering and infrastructure, people and organisational support, strategy and planning and the SVHM Executive shared their thoughts and experiences.

The new plan sets four key priorities to help set our direction across the next few years:

  • Deepen our understanding review our current practice to find ways to improve equity
  • Elevate lived experience create opportunities for staff and consumers with disability to have meaningful input
  • Enable access and inclusion provide systems and tools so all staff can put our intentions into action
  • Embed inclusive organisational structure ensure equity is embedded in our culture, recruitment, training as well as service planning, design and implementation.

We are committed to delivering on our plan and improving the care and services we provide to Victorians living with disability.

Access and Inclusion

Angela Fitzpatrick, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne patient and Consumer Advisory Committee member, who was involved in the Plan's development.