15 August 2013
(Community Recognition Statement, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
Diversity Australia is an independent organisation cultivating unity within diversity, building social inclusion, peace, justice and human rights.
Using a strength-based approach and evidence-based practice, Diversity Australia works to equip and empower communities to embrace diversity, increase empathy, reduce racism, encourage cultural exchange and promote equality. Diversity Australia held a fourth successful conference this year, nurturing respect and understanding through leadership, friendship, and public debate. I was pleased to host the launch of Diversity's Doctors 4 Refugees this week, with health professionals supporting human rights and refugees, and with an inspiring seminar featuring speakers year 11 student Charlotte Akopian; Tobias Andreasson, who worked in Papua New Guinea; and general practitioners, Barri Phatarfod and Richard Kidd. Diversity and Doctors 4 Refugees are excellent examples of passionate people working together to inform, educate and engage with the wider community, and I am proud to support their efforts.