Putting diversity in the spotlight

August 15, 2019 BY

Author of Introducing Teddy, Jessica Walton.

Great Ocean Road Health (GORH), with support from the Victorian Government, is gearing up to host a luncheon that aims to shine a light on diversity and the varying needs of community members.

Jessica Walton, author of Introducing Teddy, will be in attendance to speak at the event.

Having been published in 13 countries and translated into nine languages, Jessica’s book introduces young readers to the concepts of gender identity and transition through a gentle story about staying true to yourself and being a good friend.

While Introducing Teddy is Jessica’s first children’s book, she is a cancer survivor, amputee, queer woman, daughter of a transgender parent, feminist, musician and teacher.

Jessica will share her passion for making children’s literature more representative of the dynamic population, while also discussing her personal journey and experiences.

Great Ocean Road Health acting chief executive officer Carissa Brock said GORH has developed an “Inclusive Practice Steering Group” to provide guidance and undertake initiatives aimed at ensuring the health service remains accessible, relevant and welcoming to everyone.

“We’re really proud to be hosting this event, and we hope that it will attract people of all ages from around the region,” Ms Brock said.

“It’s particularly important for young people to know that they’re not alone and that there are lots of support services available as they head out on life’s journey.”

Celebrating Diversity with Jessica Walton will be held this Sunday August 18 from 12pm at Little Feast (85 Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet).

Tickets are $30 per person and include a three-course lunch. To book, visit trybooking.com/BDTLF or phone 5289 4300 for more information.

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