PHA launches new E-Learning programme to challenge attitudes to LGB&T in the workplace

PHA launches new E-Learning programme to challenge attitudes to LGB&T in the workplace

28 June, 2013


As part of Belfast PRIDE 2013 the Public Health Agency (PHA) has launched a new e-learning programme, developed in partnership with Aurion Learning, to help raise awareness and understanding of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) issues in the workplace.

The online programme entitled - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Creating Inclusive Workplaces - will support the PHA in helping to address health and social wellbeing inequalities, whilst enabling staff members to safely explore LGB&T issues in a confidential and secure way. 

Speaking about the new training programme, Deirdre McNamee, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Officer, PHA, said:

“We worked with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and members of the LGB&T sector organisations in developing this programme. It aims to educate staff so that they better understand the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity and its equality implications. 

“This programme which is applicable to all workplaces will help staff to recognise the barriers associated with disclosure of sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the workplace and understand how LGB&T awareness within the workplace can help create a more welcoming, safe and productive work environment.”

Matthew McDermott, Policy Officer, with The Rainbow Project, said:

“It is important that employers take steps to foster safe and welcoming environments for LGB&T staff. Workplaces produce the best services or products using the knowledge, skills and contributions of their entire workforce. The very best employers create a culture where all staff, including LGB&T staff, can be themselves and be open about who they are. This enables all staff to form better relationships, enjoy going to work and demonstrate improved productivity.

“This E-Learning module is a great resource and the Public Health Agency should be commended for their forward thinking and commitment to these issues.”

Dr. Maureen Murphy, Managing Director of Aurion Learning added:

“We are really pleased to collaborate with PHA as they continue to create an outstanding inclusive working environment. The online programme offers flexibility and efficiency to the Agency by enabling staff working across a range of Health and Social Care and other settings the flexibility to engage in on-going learning and development at a time that suits them and their personal circumstances and minimising the cost of on-going face to face training.”

During Belfast PRIDE 2013 the PHA will be promoting the E-learning programme to all staff within the organisation. 


Photo – Members of the writers group - Amanda Stephens, Mary Black, Karen McDowell, Malachai O’Hara and Deirdre McNamee.


About Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Creating Inclusive Workplaces Programme:

The programme is designed to be used by individuals working in any setting. We hope it will have relevant to a wide audience including relevant staff with management or recruitment roles within the organisations.  It is hoped that the programme will be seen as complementary to face to face interactive training.

The programme is available on


About Aurion Learning:

Founded in 2000, Aurion Learning is a full service learning and development company specialising in the design of online learning programmes and innovative learning and CPD management tools to client partners throughout the UK and Ireland in the public, private and third sector.

Aurion Learning also provides strategy and capability building services to help organisations develop focussed online learning strategies and to develop their own online learning in-house.

For more information, visit or follow @aurionlearning on Twitter


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