Diversity and Inclusion

Fostering a Thriving Community that Embraces Individual Experiences

At A Growing Understanding, we are genuinely committed to diversity and inclusion. As a dedicated team of professionals who support children and families through all stages of their speech pathology journey; we continuously strive to create an environment that respects and values individual experiences and perspectives.

Our journey is ongoing and dynamic. We believe that through our proactive approach, we go beyond mere compliance and actively contribute to creating a more inclusive society.

We believe that every child deserves to find their own communication style and access opportunities to grow their confidence. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is at the core of our speech pathology services, ensuring that each child receives the support they need in an inclusive and accepting environment.

Together, let’s celebrate uniqueness and foster a bright future for every child.

LGBTQ Initiatives: Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Environment

As proud members of Pride in Health and Wellbeing, we have taken proactive steps to enhance LGBTQ inclusivity and access to support and services.

Our team is undergoing the LGBTQ Inclusive Care Mentorship, provided by National Pride in Health and Wellbeing. This mentorship educates our team and fosters an understanding that encourages the adoption of inclusive practices.

Our goal is to achieve the Rainbow Tick of Approval, a recognition of our commitment to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for the LGBTQ community.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People: Building Meaningful Connections

Through our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), we pledge to support and partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We are working towards eradicating any barriers within our service, and are actively seeking partnerships and meaningful relationships.

Our team is currently undertaking the Indigenous Allied Health Australia Cultural Responsiveness Training. This training will help us focus on action-orientated and strength-based outcomes and become self-reflective in our practice and our impact.

Additionally, we have established a preschool-aged language group specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

These initiatives and our ongoing education demonstrate our commitment to respect, learn, and build meaningful connections with these communities.

Accessibility and Acceptance: Equal Access to Speech Pathology Services

We are dedicated to providing equal access to our services. As one of the only private services within our region registered with Translating and Interpreting Services, we offer effective speech pathology services to those with limited or no English proficiency.

As a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider, we are proud to support individuals with disabilities. We are dedicated to fostering a disability and neurodivergent-friendly environment, both physically and technologically.

Our Centres and services are designed with accessibility and sensitivity at the forefront. We continuously strive to promote an attitude of acceptance and understanding, with the overarching view of embracing all communication styles, perspectives and lived experiences.

We understand our responsibility to find ways to support and represent diverse needs. Through proactive initiatives, we seek to shape our good intentions into positive actions with a commitment to recognising, appreciating, and utilising the characteristics that make individuals unique. We nurture these individuals in an environment that celebrates difference and collective achievement – Emma Hyde, Clinical Director

To connect with Emma (she/her), our Clinical Director and Diversity and Inclusion Representative, please complete the following form. This form will be sent directly to Emma, and she will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.