QEII Hospital staff came together to celebrate the diversity of staff and patients within the QEII community as part of Harmony Week in March.
The team brought in bunches of flowers on Monday 16 March to deliver to patients on the wards, brightening the day of many who were reminded how valuable they are as a member of Queensland’s most diverse multicultural community.
“QEII’s catchment represents such a broad, culturally diverse population,” said Planetree Coordinator Anna Greig.
“Recognising Harmony Week was the perfect way we could come together as a team to show appreciation for all the wonderful cultures, belief systems and communities within our local neighbourhood.”
Harmony Week is a national initiative to celebrate Australia’s diversity, encouraging inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
Metro South Health is one of the most culturally diverse health regions in Queensland with 28 per cent of the population born overseas where English is not their first language.
“The average number of culturally and linguistically diverse patients presenting to QEII Hospital represents 22 per cent of all patients admitted to the hospital.
“The cultural diversity of the QEII catchment is one of the highest in the state which is why we choose to embrace this day,” Anna said.