Events - LGBTIQ+ Health Australia


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    The MindOUT program is excited to welcome guests to share personal experiences as multicultural LGBTQ+ people, as well as insights from latest research, and more. Topics covered will include: 

    • Challenges with access to healthcare services, in particular in mental health
    • Barriers to meaningful inclusion and participation in LGBTIQ+ communities
    • Distinctive cultural, religious, and sexual identity challenges and their health outcomes
    • Need for an intersectional approach to understanding the lived experiences of individuals with stigmatised identities
    • Tips for fostering culturally supportive environments for gay men of diverse ethnic backgrounds in Australia and beyond.

    When? Tuesday, 25th June at 1:00 - 2:30 pm (AEST)

    Register? Follow this link: Webinar registration - Zoom

    Questions? Please get in touch with any questions: [email protected] 

    Presenter's joining us include:

    Bernard Saliba (he / him)

    Bernard Saliba

    Bernard Saliba is an early career academic researcher and lecturer of Public Health in the School of Public Health within the Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney. As a Lecturer, Bernard's main role is subject designer, developer, and coordinator across a number of disciplines in the Bachelor of Public Health (formerly Health Science) program. He teaches across topics ranging from health promotion, communication and diversity, global human rights and health inequity, to technology and culture in health. Bernard has been involved in a number of research publications and conference presentations both locally and globally. 

    Bernard is completing his PhD at the Kirby Institute, which aims to explore the ways in which culture impacts health. Specifically, he is looking at how the intersectionality of ethnicity, religion, and sexuality, influences community connectedness and access to HIV and other health services for gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men (GBQMSM) from Arab backgrounds. 

    James Seow (he / him)


    James is a passionate program and events manager with extensive experience in group facilitation, community development, cross-cultural leadership, positive psychology, and LGBTIQA+ advocacy. He is a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program at Leadership Victoria, and holds a Graduate Certificate with Distinction in Positive Psychology from Central Queensland University. He facilitates human connections, intercultural understanding and intergroup empathy to improve societal well-being.

    James has worked in the government, non-profit, arts and culture, tourism, tertiary education, and health sectors. He specialises in project management, marketing communications, partnership development, stakeholder management, adult learning, well-being interventions, community empowerment, and social innovation. He facilitates the Ending HIV Network at Monash University, and chairs City of Port Phillip's Multicultural Advisory Committee. As a committee member of organisations such as the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Victorian Pride Centre, Access Health and Community, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, and ACON, he provides advice and insights on multicultural, intersectional and disadvantaged communities to promote social inclusion, diversity, human flourishing, and positive ageing.

    Sekneh Beckett (she / her)

    Sekneh (she/her) is coloured by her Lebanese-Muslim heritage. She was born on the unceded land of the Dahrug people and currently resides in the Gadigal people's country, part of the mighty Euro nation. As a senior registered psychologist with over two decades of clinical experience, she not only practices but also teaches at universities nationally and internationally.

    Sekneh is passionately dedicated to her work with people navigating diverse aspects of their identities, including bodies, cultures, religions, genders, sexes, and sexualities. Her innovative approach involves the concept of 'inviting people to come-in,' offering an alternative narrative to the universal notion of 'coming-out.'

    Beyond her professional pursuits, Sekneh finds joy in playing competitive team sports, exploring foreign films, and immersing herself in books and nature. She can be contacted via

    Gene Lim (he / him)

    Gene Lim is a Research Officer with the Australian Research Center for Sex, Health and Society, and has worked with the center since 2018 across a range of projects. Gene's debut project, Understanding LGBTIQ+ Lives in Crisis, was an investigation into LGBTIQ+ peoples' engagement with Crisis Counseling services which went on to win the university-wide Excellence in Research Impact Award in 2021. Since then, Gene has been involved in projects and publications on topics ranging from Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence, Homelessness, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Community Connection among LGBTIQ+ people, Suicide and Self-Harm, Sex Education and most recently, Alcohol and Other Drugs. 

    Gene is a qualitative and quantitative researcher who is a PhD graduate from the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. His PhD thesis utilized a sexual fields framework to explore the lingering impact of intimate discrimination and lateral violence on the sexual habitus of Overseas-born Asian Men who have sex with Men (MSM) residing in Australia. His reflections on both his and his participants' encounters with racialised intimate prejudice, and the subsequent projects undertaken to counteract the internalization of these prejudices have been collated into a chapter in Sexual Racism and Social Justice, a forthcoming collection featuring the reflections of lead researchers in this field.


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    Members Program Capacity Building: 27 June 2024

    Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 12:00 PM
    via Zoom

    Presentation on LHA's LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Palliative Care eLearning

    27th June 2024 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST

    Inviting all Affiliate and Associate Members to join LHA for a Capacity Building Webinar featuring a presentation from the Palliative Care team on the LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Palliative Care eLearning. This free eLearning aims to increase healthcare providers’ confidence in providing LGBTIQ+ inclusive palliative care including:

    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) communities and their specific healthcare needs
    • End-of-life concerns and barriers to palliative care for LGBTIQ+ people
    • How to have inclusive end-of-life conversations
    • Strategies to support loved ones
    • How to create welcoming and inclusive environments

    The eLearning topics are explored across four 1-hour modules:

    Module 1: Introduction to LGBTIQ+ communities

    Module 2: Barriers to providing and receiving palliative care

    Module 3: Enablers for LGBTIQ+ people in palliative care

    Module 4: Having end-of-life planning conversations

    Sign up here to receive updates on the eLearning and other LGBTIQ+ inclusive palliative care resources.

    RSVP below to attend the Capacity Building Webinar.


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    Evidence shows that overall, LGBTIQ+ young people experience higher rates of mental ill-health, suicidal thoughts and behaviour, as compared with their heterosexual and cisgender peers. These experiences are compounded by poor access to and engagement with services, and services which are often poorly equipped to cater to their specific needs. 

    We will be joined by lead investigator, Penelope Strauss, Research Fellow in Youth Suicide Prevention at the Telethon Kids Institute to discuss the latest updates in the implementation of their Suicide prevention guidelines for LGBTQA+ young people

    These guidelines outline best practice for suicide prevention in LGBTQA+ young people, targeting both clinical and community service providers. Implementation of these guidelines in service settings throughout Australia has the potential to improve the care received by LGBTQA+ young people who are experiencing suicidal ideation and/or engaging in suicidal behaviours. Register now for this webinar here:

    Webinar Registration - Zoom

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ABOUT LGBTIQ+ Health Australia
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, (formerly the National LGBTI Health Alliance), is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people and other sexuality, gender and bodily diverse (LGBTIQ+) people and communities. Dropping the “+” from our name only occurs within digital formats that do not allow mathematical symbols, such as within our domain name, handles and hashtags.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land and community. We pay our respects to all Australian Indigenous Peoples and their cultures, and to Elders of past and present.