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Modern Slavery

Since 2017, St Vincent’s Health Australia has been part of a growing effort to address ‘modern slavery’ by changing the way our hospitals and aged care facilities respond to what is a serious national and international problem. 
Our commitment to combating modern slavery is two-fold: 

  • engaging with our providers to make sure the very diverse range of goods we purchase – everything from medical equipment through to cotton sheets and gowns, and chocolates sold for hospital fundraising – are produced without the use of enslaved or forced labour.
  • examining how trafficked people – who may present at any of SVHA’s hospitals or aged care services Australia-wide – can be identified and receive the necessary treatment, support, care and access to services. This includes women who have been sexually exploited, people facing forced marriage, and people who have experienced forced labour.

SVHA's Anti-Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Project is not just about meeting our obligations under state and Commonwealth legislation. We see our actions as being a core representation of our mission, ensuring those who are victims of exploitation have their best chance at being freed from the conditions which so grossly undermine their dignity and opportunity to flourish.

SVHA’s annual Modern Slavery Statements – accessible on this page – provide further information on our organisation’s actions in this area. 

St Vincent's Health Australia's Statement on Modern Slavery 2020

St Vincent's Health Australia's Statement on Modern Slavery 2021

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