Combatting modern slavery
St Vincent’s Health Australia has made efforts to address ‘modern slavery’ and change the way our hospitals and aged care facilities respond to what is a serious national and international problem.
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.
Our commitment to combatting modern slavery
Supply chain review
Engaging in an ongoing effort to make sure the goods and services procured by St Vincent’s Health are slavery-free. This means working 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.
Supporting trafficked people
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.