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Pride in Medicine – building awareness and respect

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WorldPride is the biggest event on the world’s LGBTQIA+ calendar. This year, it’s being hosted by Sydney – the first time WorldPride is held in the Southern hemisphere – coinciding with the iconic Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. This year, RACS is participating in WorldPride alongside several other medical colleges. The involvement has come about through the advocacy of a new LGBTQIA+ community, Pride in Medicine.

Two key figures of the group are Dr Matt Marino, a surgical Fellow who is President of Pride in Medicine and Dr Sarah Rennie, Aotearoa New Zealand Surgical Advisor and a driver of this initiative for RACS. Both participated in the Mardi Gras parade.

The College’s participation demonstrates its advocacy on behalf of the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQIA+ communities. It is also part of the College’s strategic focus of building a culture of respect and embracing diversity as well as serving all communities equitably to build sustainable surgical services.

For more information read the RACS Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Sydney WorldPride 2023
17 February – 5 March, 2023

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