A note from our CEO

With a marked increase in referrals from a CaLD background, our CEO Monique Blom shares a few thoughts on our inclusive practice at the ACT Group.

Have a read to find out how we ensure every child, young person, adult or family receive equal opportunities.

Over the past 7 months, ACTG has experienced a three-fold increase in service delivery to children, young people, adults and families from CaLD backgrounds. This has promoted us to galvanise our registration with the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) and has also encouraged us to reflect upon our own diverse workforce and explore the uniqueness of culture in therapeutic engagements.

ACTG is most fortunate to have staff who are fluent in a number of languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, French and Sinhala.

We have approximately a quarter of our staffing group who were born outside of Australia, and openly share their cultural heritage, and enrich the culture of our organisation.
The very nature of therapeutic work is underpinned by the value placed by people on their connections to family, friends and/or the wider community and it is this diversity that is highly respected and embraced by ACTG. People of all ages, stages, backgrounds and abilities are celebrated because the richness of diversity is valued and respected by all staff at ACTG.
Inclusive practice ensures that any child, young person, adult or family receive equal opportunities, despite who they are. Promoting equality and diversity in all ACTG settings is essential for ensuring a therapeutic experience that is accepting, well-rounded, and kind.

Adopting inclusive practices is the perfect way to demonstrate to our community that we should all strive towards equality.

Monique Blom
For more information on how to access translation services from TIS National, visit their website www.tisnational.gov.au or call 131 450.
For help with accessing and interpreting NDIS plans, visit www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/language-interpreting-services