Northeast Health Wangaratta is working towards getting the rainbow tick of approval by taking steps to be more inclusive of the LGBTQIA+ community.
The hospital and Uniting Diversity Project will host a forum on Friday for emergency and health organisations from across the region, looking to create a "community of practice" and have a consistent approach.
It is also part of the hospital getting the nationally-recognised Rainbow Tick accreditation.
NHW nurse and Rainbow Tick project officer Allison Leatham, who also identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, said the forum would look at issues within both organisations and the wider community.
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"It's really exciting and shows this is something on the agenda for most organisations in the area," she said.
"It's going to be about being a leader in the community. Northeast Health Wangaratta is the largest employer within the town and we have a responsibility to be leaders."
There has been a mixed response from staff, but Ms Leatham said she hoped education would show the benefits of being more inclusive.
The hospital's chief executive and other management have already completed training on the issue, and new policies and discussions with LGBTQIA+ people are expected to follow.
"As a hospital, we are looking to speak to people within the LGBTQIA+ community and having that participation from them so we can run ideas past them," Ms Leatham said.
"For me, it's about making my employer better, not just for staff but for patients and visitors."