New AVA Policy - Equality, diversity and inclusion

25 October 2017

Respect is one of the AVA’s core values. We respect our colleagues and the value that diversity brings to the profession and the association.

During the AVA Board meeting in September, the Board ratified a policy on Equality, diversity and inclusion. The policy states that the AVA is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our profession. These qualities are integral to the AVA’s values of support for professionalism, knowledge, community, adaptability and respect.

The AVA believes that it’s important to actively support diversity and inclusion in our membership, leadership, and organisation and we have an ongoing commitment to creating an inclusive culture, free from discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying, vilification, or victimisation.

The AVA will treat any behaviour which breaches its Equality, diversity and inclusion policy seriously and will take active steps to address such incidences through the AVA’s Code of Professional Conduct. The AVA’s Constitution includes processes which allows it to act in relation to complaints against members who behave in such a way as to bring the Association into disrepute including breaches of any Code of Professional Conduct.

Supporting our members’ health and wellbeing is a priority for the AVA and we urge members to reach out during times of stress or anxiety. We have a 24-hour telephone counselling service available for members and we encourage any of our members in need of support and advice to call and speak to a qualified counsellor. Access the hotline number here (you'll need to be logged in as a member). Members also have access to additional resources on health and wellbeing here.

 

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