The Health Care Human Resource Sector Council is committed to a diverse and sustainable health and community services workforce. The Sector Council and our Advisory Group members for this project believe that diversity encompasses:
Appreciating and valuing human differences by creating an atmosphere that promotes a sense of belonging: where everyone feels respected and valued for their uniqueness. In an inclusive environment each person is recognized and developed, and their skills are routinely tapped in to. In an inclusive environment people are valued because of, not in spite of, their differences so everyone can fully participate and thrive.
An inclusive culture involves the full and successful integration of diverse people into an organization. While an inclusive culture certainly encompasses a commitment to workplace diversity, it is not limited simply to basic representation; it indicates a climate in which respect, equity, and positive recognition of differences are all cultivated, and the social and institutional response to disability poses no barrier to a positive service experience.
The range of characteristics that make individuals unique. These characteristics include, but are not limited to, dimensions such as national origin, language, race, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status and family structures.