Aria Nasteka


What is your role at Grampians Health?

Critical Care HMO (Junior Doctor)

Why is IDAHOBIT important to you?

IDAHOBIT is important to me as it helps highlight the issues that a lot of the LGBTQIA+ community faces within organisations and society, and provides a chance to learn both the basics of what it means to be LGBTIQA+ and ways support people and help them feel welcome.

What is one thing you would like others to know about the LGBTQIA+ community?

That trans people understand that mistakes/slip-ups often are made with names/pronouns. What would be appreciated if they do occur is a quick correction, i.e. if someone mistook my pronouns and realised, quickly saying something like “sorry, she”. Please don’t take it as judgment/anger if we correct as well; it is meant as simply a reminder.

In what ways do you see Grampians Health supporting the LGBTQIA+ community?

At an organisational level, it was really heartwarming to be received positively and to be supported in changing my name in the systems, and having pronouns on badges/IDs

Within departments, support for using my pronouns and affirming/validating of my identity has been very much appreciated.