Corporate Services Executive Director
The Corporate Services Executive Director ensures strategic and high-quality operations of LHA, that are managed and delivered proactively, efficiently, effectively and with rigour. The role holds responsibility for the organisation’s human resources, financial, governance and operational management with the assistance of some external consultants. The Corporate Services Executive Director is a member of LHA’s Executive Leadership Team.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament: Statement by LHA Board
On 6 May 2023 the LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) Board of Governance convened a face-to-face meeting on Gadigal Land, Sydney. At this meeting, the Board of Governance discussed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.
Submission to ABS 2026 Census Topic Consultation Phase One
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) is calling for the 2026 census to include an integrated set of questions that capture adequate data on LGBTIQ+ people: sex, gender, variations of sex characteristics and sexual orientation. These topics meet the ABS census criteria for national importance and need.
ABS Census Consultation
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is consulting ahead of the 2026 Census on needed information that is not currently collected. The exclusion of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status questions means a lack of essential data for evidenced-based LBGTIQ+ health and wellbeing policies and programs.
Submission on Australian clinical quality registries
While LGBTIQ+ people have poorer health outcomes than the broader community, current data collection does not adequately include LGBTIQ+ demographics. This means LGBTIQ+ populations are routinely excluded or not adequately considered in policy and program development.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia welcomes ANROWS gendered violence findings
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia welcomes the important insights and recommendations from the nation’s largest survey into attitudes around gendered violence released today.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Annual Report 2021-2022
This is LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's Annual Report for 2021-2022
Webinar: LGBTIQ+ Body Pride: Navigating body image and eating disorders
The LGBTIQ+ community is disproportionately impacted by eating disorders and body image concerns.
Submission: Australian Law Reform Commission consultation on anti-discrimination law
LHA welcomes the Australian Government’s move to prevent educational institutions discriminating against students and staff based on sexual orientation, gender, relationship status or pregnancy.
Submission: Family Law Amendment Bill 2023 - exposure draft
The Australian Government has sought comment on an exposure draft of the Family Law Amendment Bill 2023
LHA submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Universal Access to Reproductive Healthcare
LHA provided comments to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into Universal Access to Reproductive and Sexual Healthcare.
Federal commitment to 10-year LGBTIQ+ Health and Wellbeing Action Plan is life-saving
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) today welcome Federal Government commitment to a 10-year national action plan for LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing, alongside an LGBTIQ+ Health Advisory Group and $26 million for health research.
National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy
The National Mental Health Commission is developing a National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy on behalf of the Australian Government. It aims to ensure stigma and discrimination on the basis of mental ill-health are not barriers to people living long and contributing lives.
Submission on National Dementia Action Plan
The Department of Health Ageing consulted on the 10-year draft National Dementia Action Plan. LHA supports the Plan’s aim of putting people living with dementia, their families, and carers at the centre of all action on dementia.
Submission on an Australian Centre for Disease Control
Over recent years, Australia has responded to significant public health emergencies, particularly the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government is establishing an Australian Centre for Disease Control (CDC) to improve ongoing response to these emergencies.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Budget Submission 2023-2024
The Australian Federal Budget for 2023-24 will be put to Parliament in May.
LHA letter on the draft Inspector-General of Aged Care Bill
The Australian Government consulted on a draft Inspector-General of Aged Care Bill to establish a new independent statutory office–the Inspector-General of Aged Care–to provide oversight and drive improvements in the aged care system.
LHA submission to the Australian Cancer Plan
Cancer Australia, on behalf of the Australian Government, is developing the ten-year Australian Cancer Plan.
November 2022 Policy and Research Webinar: LGBT Older People and Homelessness
The webinar focuses on the report Out of the Closet, Out of Options: Older LGBT people at risk of homelessness.
Trans Awareness Week and Trans Day of Remembrance 2022
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on 20 November that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. The week before TDOR, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face.
LHA welcomes the Government’s Budget, October 2022-23 investment and calls for new vision for LGBTIQ+ health
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) welcomes the Budget investment in Australia’s health and wellbeing, and has called on the Government to show a clear vision to address the significant disparities in health outcomes in LGBTIQ+ health.
2022 Palliative Care Scoping Review
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia recently conducted a Scoping Review that looked at the existing literature on palliative and end-of-life care for LGBTIQ+ communities from 2016-2020.
Pride & Pandemic: Health experience and coping strategies among LGBTQ+ people during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia
Pride and Pandemic is a joint study between La Trobe University's Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society and LGBTIQ+ Health Australia.
New study examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTQ+ people
A new joint study has revealed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTQ+ people in Australia and their mental health, as well as rates of family and domestic violence and economic situations.
LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing peak welcomes National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children and calls for resources for sector
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia welcomes the release of the Federal Government’s National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032 and has called on governments across Australia to fund LGBTIQ+ community-controlled services to implement its recommendations.
12th Health in Difference and 6th National LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care conferences survey
Help us shape the 12th Health in Difference and 6th National LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care Conferences in 2023 by participating in our survey.
Submission to the Select Committee on Work and Care
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia lodged a submission in response to the Select Committee on Work and Care’s inquiry on how combining work and care responsibilities will impact the wellbeing of workers, carers, and those they care for.
Factsheet: LGBTI People and Dementia
This factsheet is specifically for aged care workers to provide guidance on how to support LGBTI people living with dementia in aged care.
Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Carers Leave
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety identified a lack of support for informal (unpaid) carers, including challenges balancing their caring role with work and other commitments.
AIHW report shows we're still in the dark on LGBTIQ+ people and family, domestic and sexual violence
Rates of family, domestic and sexual violence in LGBTIQ+ relationships are as high or higher than for the broader Australian population, but the lack of hard data means LGBTIQ+ people risk being forgotten in policy, planning, funding and new projects.
New podcast gives aged care workers an introduction to what matters to LGBTI older people
The Ageing Fabulously podcast is a new education resource for the aged care sector from LGBTIQ+ Health Australia’s Silver Rainbow program, giving aged care workers easy access to the issues important to older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people accessing residential and home-based aged care services.
LGBTIQ+ health peak body welcomes paid domestic and family violence leave, calls for LGBTIQ+ inclusion in implementation
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) welcomes the introduction of legislation making 10 days of paid domestic and family violence leave available to all employees and calls for further action to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, intersex, queer and other sexuality and gender, and bodily diverse people (LGBTIQ+) people are included.
We Need You: New Positions Open
New positions are available at LGBTIQ+ Health Australia. Come join the team!
NAIDOC Week Events
National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.
Building a national Cervical Cancer Elimination Strategy
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) and the Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer (ACPCC) are working together to help the Australian Government build a strategy to eliminate cervical cancer in Australia by 2035.
Older LGBTI people and the digital divide
Teresa Savage, a consultant in LGBTIQ+ ageing and health and our Project Manager Roundtable and Digital Health, looks at how the digital divide is affecting older LGBTI people's access to healthcare
Earlier this year LHA held the 4th National Roundtable on LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care 2022. The event was attended by 34 participants from all Australian states and territories, including older LGBTI community representatives, Silver Rainbow partners (who deliver the Silver Rainbow program on behalf of LHA), key ageing and aged care organisations and observers from relevant government departments.
2021 Census Data shows nothing for LGBTIQ+ Australians
As the first round of data from the 2021 Census is analysed for essential insight into the Australian population, we remain in the dark about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer and other sexuality and bodily diverse (LGBTIQ+) Australians.
Media oulets must prioritise trans and gender diverse voices in FINA decision coverage
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) is calling on news media to prioritise the voices of trans and gender diverse people and experts in the coverage of the International Swimming Federation’s (FINA) disappointing decision to exclude trans women from elite women’s competitions.
Silver Rainbow Webinar: Older LGBTI people and accurate data collection
Why does accurate data collection for LGBTI older people matter and how can we take steps to create more inclusive data collection?
Report of the 4th National Roundtable on LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care 2022
This report focuses on the recommendations that emerged from the 4th National Roundtable on LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care in February 2022 and includes initiatives carried over from the previous Roundtable.
Your data, your privacy: Using My Health Record securely
Teresa Savage, a consultant in LGBTIQ+ ageing and health and our Project Manager Roundtable and Digital Health, looks at how everyone, especially older LGBTI people, can keep their My Health Record data safe and secure
Do you use My Health Record? Are you worried about your privacy?
A recap of the Leadership In Action: LGBTIQ+ Suicide Prevention Forum
MindOut Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Officer Yesim Karasu recaps the MindOut Leadership In Action forum on 12 & 13 May
Webinar: LGBTIQ+ Palliative Care
Join Hannah Morgan, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's National Palliative Care Project Coordinator, to learn more about the barriers LGBTIQ+ people experience when they access palliative care services, and what skills and knowledge are required to create safe, respectful and inclusive practices for our communities.
Webinar: Older Lesbians' Experiences of Ageing in Rural Tasmania
With increased attention on the importance of safe and inclusive ageing and aged care, what are the specific needs of older lesbians in rural communities?
IDAHOBIT 2022: A Call to Action
This year, IDAHOBIT is just days before the 2022 Federal Election. IDAHOBIT is observed on 17 May each year and aims to raise awareness for ending discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people. Ending stigma, discrimination, and violence against LGBTIQ+ people and communities requires systemic change and specific support for diverse LGBTIQ+ communities.
National LGBTIQ+ Forum Demonstrates Parties Can Work Together
On 5 May the National LGBTIQ+ Election Forum was held at the Melbourne Pride Centre and online. The Forum was co-hosted by LHA, Equality Australia, the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) and Intersex Human Rights Australia, and brought together Greens Senator Janet Rice, Labor Senator Penny Wong and Senator Andrew Bragg of the Liberal Party to answer questions from LGBTIQ+ people and community organisations. They were given an opportunity to pitch what their parties would do for LGBTIQ+ people should they win government.
Leadership in Action: LGBTIQ+ Suicide Prevention Forum
The Leadership in Action: LGBTIQ+ Suicide Prevention Forum, 12 & 13 May 2022, is a community-focused forum that brings together key MindOut stakeholders to discuss various types of leadership in Australian LGBTIQ+ suicide prevention.
Request for Tender: National Palliative Care Project
Calling all educational design consultants/services and/or creative design agencies. Help us create eLearning for healthcare professionals on inclusive palliative and end-of-life care.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia urges care for trans and gender diverse communities
Peak organisation LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) is calling urgently for care in the media following ongoing conversations about trans women in sport.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia calls on candidates to commit to tackling health disparities
With a federal election due to be called, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is calling on all parties and independent candidates to commit to nine priorities to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people and communities.
Factsheet: Understanding Suicide Among Trans and Gender Diverse People
Many transgender and gender diverse people live happy and healthy lives; however, some also experience a higher burden of poor mental health and rates of suicidality than the general population.
LGBTIQ+ people left behind by 2022-2023 Federal Budget
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) welcomes the investment in the 2022-23 Federal budget that will improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians and continues to call for specific funding measures to directly address LGBTIQ+ health priorities.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia calls on universities to prioritise LGBTIQ+ student safety following release of safety survey findings
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is calling on Australian universities to prioritise the safety of LGBTIQ+ students after findings from the National Student Safety Survey showed LGBTQ+ students were more likely to experience sexual harassment and sexual assault in university contexts.
Q&A: Jen Walsh, Barwon Health, LGBTIQ+ Palliative Care Project Lead
This series of Q&As is a chance to meet the people who are working to create inclusive palliative and end-of-life care experiences for people who are LGBTIQ+ in Australia and around the world. Part one is with Jen Walsh, LGBTIQ+ Palliative Care Project Lead at Barwon Health.
Advanced Care Planning Week 21-27 March 2022
Does your community know about advanced care planning? If someone you work with became seriously ill or was injured, would they trust that medical professionals know what care they want or who they nominate as their preferred decision-makers?
Federal Labor commits to 15 community sector workers in LGBTIQ+ community organisations
This media release was originally released by Linda Burney MP, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, and Senator Jenny McAllister, Shadow Assistant Minister for Communities and the Prevention of Family Violence
An Albanese Labor Government will provide dedicated funding to LGBTIQ+ community organisations to employ specialist domestic violence workers, ensuring LGBTIQ+ people receive appropriate family and domestic violence support.
A recap of the 4th National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Roundtable
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's Ageing and Aged Care Project Officer Franky Lander-McLeod recaps our 4th National Roundtable on LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care
On the 9th and 10th of February LHA and the Silver Rainbow team hosted the 4th National Roundtable on LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care. We were joined by industry experts, representatives from advocacy bodies, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia member organisations and beloved members of the LGBTI community to discuss key issues that directly affect the health and wellbeing of LGBTI older persons.
Expression of Interest - Paid role for LGBTIQ+ storytellers
MindOut is looking for LGBTIQ+ storytellers, musicians and artists to share their experiences about what LGBTIQ+ leadership looks like in their local community. Successful applicants will have their work included in a larger webinar that looks at LGBTIQ+ leadership - especially within the context of mental health and suicide prevention – and how we can make space for change-makers who are unseen or underrecognized in their communities.
Expressions of Interest: Paid speaking role for Teachers and LGBTIQ+ Parents
We are seeking video submissions from teachers and teaching support staff who support LGBTIQ+ young people in their community. Successful applicants will have their video submission included in a larger Suicide Prevention webinar around how we can make schools safe communities for LGBTIQ+ students, staff and families. Successful applicants will also be paid $200 for their submission.
Register your interest for the Our Voices, Our Lives, Our Way Project
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) are developing training, peer support and mentoring activities for LGBTIQ+ people with disability. The training aims to improve your knowledge and skills in advocacy and storytelling.
Request for Tender: Our Voices, Our Lives, Our Way project
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia and National Ethnic Disability Alliance are inviting responses to this request for tender (RFT) from creative design agencies for the provision of marketing, videography, storytelling support and social media promotion services.
LGBTI and Dementia: Understanding Changes in Behaviour
Understanding why a person with dementia is experiencing changes in behaviour is critical to developing effective person-centred care. When caring for an LGBTI person with dementia, the right background and knowledge can be lacking.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Budget Submission 2022-2023
The Australian Federal Budget for 2022-23 will be put to Parliament on Tuesday 29 March.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) has called on the Government to invest in removing address serious LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing disparities in a strategic and targeted way.
LGBTIQ+ health peak body calls for great care to be taken when discussing the Religious Discrimination Bill this week
With the Federal Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill being debated in Parliament this week, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is calling for politicians, media and others to take care when commenting in the public domain. LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is urging those commenting to consider the negative impacts that continued public attention on the Religious Discrimination Bill has had and will have on the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people and communities.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia tribute to Aunty Vanessa
LGBTIQ Health Australia (LHA) is deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of Aunty Vanessa, Noongar Sistergirl of the Kaneang people in Western Australia.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia presents The Latest in LGBTIQ+ Health and Policy
With an ambition to bring the latest in LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing policy to the forefront of the national discussion, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, 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 and gender diverse (LGBTIQ+) people and communities and JOY 94.9 have launched a brand-new podcast today.
EOI: National Palliative Care Co-Design Team
The Department of Health has funded LHA to deliver a three-year project that aims to build the capacity of the palliative care sector to provide inclusive services to LGBTIQ+ people accessing palliative and end-of-life care. This will be achieved through research, training (e-modules for health professionals) and development of Community of Practice groups.
Guidance to support gender affirming care for mental health
This guide from the ACT Government and LGBTIQ+ Health Australia member Meridian Health is designed to support providers of mental health care to be able to deliver their services in a gender-affirming way to support the needs of trans and/or gender diverse people.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Submission on the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia have lodged a submission regarding the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, and to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.
4th National Roundtable on LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care
This forum will focus on exactly what we need to do to ensure LGBTIQ+ people live fulfilling lives into old age. Outcomes will include recommendations for the Silver Rainbow program and will suggest topics for the development of policy.
Can digital health improve the lives of LGBTIQ+ people?
Teresa Savage, a consultant in LGBTIQ+ ageing and health and our Project Manager Roundtable and Digital Health, writes about the potential for digital health services to improve the lives of LGBTIQ+ people in rural and regional Australia.
Building service capacity to work with LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people
This online training module by the Forcibly Displaced People Network is designed to increase the capacity of various community services in providing affirming, safe and inclusive support for LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people.
Great day for preventative health of LGBTIQ+ people and communities
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) has welcomed a commitment to health equity in the Federal Government’s 2021-2030 National Preventative Health Strategy (NPHS), and the announcement that LHA is one of the twenty-one health groups across Australia that has been awarded funding under the Health Peak and Advisory Bodies Program.
Expressions of Interest: LGBTIQ+ Champions eModule
Expressions of Interest are now closed - thank you for your interest and stay tuned to find out more. If you have applied, someone from MindOut will be in contact soon, even if your application was unsuccessful.
MindOut Australia is redesigning it’s LGBTIQ+ Mental Health & Suicide Prevention eModule with lived experience voices at the centre of it!
National Lived Experience Peer Workforce Development Guidelines
The National Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines are the result of extensive consultation and a co-production process to ensure that national standards for Lived Experience workforce development are grounded in the expertise of lived experience.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Annual Report 2020-2021
This is LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's Annual Report for 2020-2021
Expressions of Interest Open for MindOut Training Review and Update
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is seeking applicants to conduct a review and update of MindOut's training offerings.
Expressions of Interest Open for an Evaluation Recommendation-Implementation Consultant
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is seeking an Evaluation Recommendation-Implementation Consultant to assist QLife in the implementation of recommendations from its 2019-2021 evaluation.
AMA releases new position statement on LGBTQIA+ health
The AMA has released a position statement calling for an end to discrimination against people who are LGBTQIA+ in the healthcare system, including patients and health care workers.
Webinar: the Lean On Me report
This live webinar panel, chaired by Amber Loomis of LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, explores the recently released Lean on Me report from La Trobe University. The report revealed that the responsibility for providing suicide prevention in LGBTQ communities in Melbourne frequently falls on peers with little or no training in responding to a mental health crisis. This ARCSHS report, funded by North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN), explores how LGBTQ individuals experiencing mental health concerns turn to their peers.
Submission to the government consultation on Choice in Residential Aged Care
The Australian government is reforming aged care in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. LGBTIQ+ Health Australia broadly supports the proposed change but believes it is not sufficient.
Gender affirming surgery in Australia: an evidence brief
Surgery is a fundamental aspect of how many trans people affirm their gender and maintain wellbeing, with access often significantly improving quality of life.
Aged Care and Community Sector urges Australian Government to implement rights-based aged care act
A broad coalition of aged care and community sector organisations are urging the Australian Government to build on its current reform agenda and commit to implementing a rights-based Aged Care Act that embeds older people's rights at its core.
Expressions of Interest Open for a Digital Mental Health Standards Consultant
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is seeking a Digital Mental Health Standards Consultant to assist QLife in assessing and implementing the National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health Standards (NSQDMH).
YOUth&I: an intersex youth anthology launch
Join Intersex Human Rights Australian at a free webinar for Intersex Day of Solidarity, on the evening of Monday 8 November, with Steph Lum, Georgia Andrews and Gabrielle Niemeyer.
Listening to LGBT Seniors
"I don’t want to be treated differently, just included."
Beyond Urgent: National LGBTIQ+ Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy
This is LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's second National LGBTIQ+ Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy, and it comes at a critical juncture for LGBTIQ+ people in Australia.
New Human Rights Commission report urges significant changes to protect human rights of intersex people
The Australian Human Rights Commission has released a new report which makes significant recommendations to protect the human rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics.
Fact Sheet: Intersectionality and Youth Mental Health
Orygen fact sheet for professionals working with young people.
"Intersectionality describes how multiple social aspects of identity, such as gender, race and sexuality, intersect or interact with each other. Intersectionality is about seeing a person as a whole, and encourages thinking beyond discrete labels that make up someone’s identity and experience in the world."
Webinar: It's all about pronouns, right?
Join Nevo Zisin (Melbourne) in conversation with Naavikaran (Brisbane), Liesel Hughes (Perth), and Amber Loomis (Sydney) talk about their lived experience of multiple identities beyond the binary.
Sharing a story with the Disability Royal Commission?
It’s a good idea to get legal advice if you have questions about things like privacy or naming the person or organisation that hurt you.
Courtney Act joins advocates to demand LGBTIQ+ people counted in the census
Stop leaving LGBTIQ+ people out and count us in!
Census 2021: Webinar and FAQs
Australia's census night is on 10 August. Find out how the 2020 ABS Standards can be used to improve data collection for LGBTIQ+ communities.
Walkern Katatdjin Rainbow Knowledge: Phase 1 Report
Find out more and download the Walkern Katatdjin (Rainbow Knowledge) Phase 1 Community Report.
Analysis: Final Report of Inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence
Analysis: Final Report of Inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence: a snapshot of where LHA recommendations have been adopted and where there is still work to be done.
International Non-Binary People’s Day
14 July is International Non-Binary Peoples Day! We celebrate those who are non-binary, the rich diversity of gender and celebrate people who do not fit into a binary gender.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Grief and Trauma Support Services poster & brochure
Australian Government Department of Health: poster outlines the grief and trauma support services available for those living, working and caring in the aged care sector who have been impacted by COVID-19.
Response to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability Issues Paper
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Issues Paper addressing barriers to inclusion of LGBTIQ+ people with disability.
New national survey targets palliative care needs of LGBTIQ+ people
A new online survey asks LGBTIQ+ people and/or health professionals to share their views on palliative care for LGBTIQ+ communities in Australia.
LGBTIQ+ People still can’t rely on inclusive palliative care services
Despite the many gains that have been made towards LGBTIQ+ equality, health care services are still not always safe spaces for people from LGBTIQ+ communities.
Expression of Interest ICL Project Roundtable
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in association with The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA), is calling for Expressions of Interest to join a Roundtable to seek insight from DPO’s (Disabled People Organisations) and the lived experiences of LGBTIQ+ people with disability to inform what would be useful to include in the training to support effective skills-building content and a peer support and mentoring program.
Aged Care Inclusive Practice Poster
This free-to-download 'You are welcome here' poster helps aged care service providers communicate to clients that LGBTI people are welcome at their service.
From 20 -26 June we will celebrate Refugee Week with the theme of 'Unity'.
WEBINAR: LGBTQA+ Conversion Practices in Australia
This webinar explored the history and impact of LGBTQA+ conversion practices in Australia. Recorded 31 March 2021.
Snapshot of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Statistics for LGBTIQ+ People
Although many LGBTIQ+ Australians live healthy and happy lives, research has shown that a disproportionate number experience poorer mental health outcomes and have higher risk of suicidal behaviours than their peers.
Mixed bag for LGBTIQ+ communities in the Federal Budget 2021- 2022
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia welcomes the investments announced last night as part of the Federal Budget 2021-2022 that touch the lives of LGBTIQ+ Australians.
National Suicide Prevention Adviser Final Advice Response
Analysis: National Suicide Prevention Adviser Final Advice to Government and Productivity Commission’s Final Report
LGBTIQ+ Health & Wellbeing Policy Priorities 2021
LGBTIQ+ people are a priority population in multiple national health and wellbeing strategies, and there is an urgent need for greater national coordination and investment. LGBTIQ+ Health Australia worked closely with our member organisations to provide a submission to the Federal Budget, and to develop recommended Priority Policies for 2021.
LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference Communique
The 5th LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference delegates call for action in an official 2021 Conference Communique.
Health In Difference Conference Communique 2021
The 11th Health In Difference Conference Conference delegates call for action in an official 2021 Conference Communique.
Submission on the National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Final Development Consultation Paper
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) welcomes the explicit recognition of LGBTQIA+ communities as a priority target group and the invitation for continued dialogue and engagement.
LGBTQ+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day
Fri 28 May is LGBTQ* Domestic Violence Awareness Day.
Aged Care Inclusive Practice Poster
This free-to-download 'You are welcome here' poster helps aged care service providers communicate to clients that LGBTI people are welcome at their service.
Lesbian Visibility Week 2021
Lesbian visibility is crucial to health and wellbeing.
BEST PRACTICE IN CO-DESIGN
Tips for best practice for co-design and inclusive principles.
Expression of Interest ICB Project Co-design Group
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in association with The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA), is calling for Expressions of Interest to form a Co-Design Group to help with designing a training, peer support and mentoring program aimed at building the individual and collective capacity of LGBTIQ people with a disability.
Joint Statement by 12 Aged Care Consumer Organisations
Actions to be taken following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Final Report: Care Dignity and Respect
Federal politicians to discuss LGBTIQ+ health policy at upcoming conferences.
Join a specially convened politicians panel with Federal politicians from across party lines for their upcoming 11th Health In Difference conference and the 5th LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care conference.
International panel of LGBTIQ+ activists and leaders.
Influential international panel of guests join upcoming 11th Health In Difference conference and the 5th LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care conference.
Transgender Visibility Day 2021
International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event occurring on 31 March dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society.
Announcing many of the speakers and panels scheduled for the upcoming 11th Health In Difference conference and the 5th LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care conference.
We're excited to announce many of the speakers and panels scheduled for the upcoming 11th Health In Difference conference and the 5th LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care conference.
New partnership with Dementia Support Australia
We welcome a new partnership with Dementia Support Australia to improve support for LGBTI people with dementia.
ANZ Institute donates $100,000 to LGBTIQ+ peer support helpline Qlife.
We're extremely grateful to the ANZ Institute for their very generous $100,000 donation to the QLife program.
Health In Difference & LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conferences 2021
Abstracts and registration now open for two virtual conferences - Health In Difference & LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conferences 2021.
New Australian Bureau of Statistics 2020 Standard
New Australian Bureau of Statistics Standard for Sex, Gender, Variation of Sex Characteristics and Sexual Orientation Variables, 2020 ('2020 Standard').
Findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and its Impact on LGBTIQ+ People
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) welcomes the public release of the much-awaited Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
Webinar: Launch of LGBTIQA+ Suicide Postvention Response Plan
On behalf of our member organisation Switchboard, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia will host the launch of the LGBTIQA+ Suicide Postvention Response Plan. This webinar aims to support the work of LGBTIQ member organisations when responding to the need of people affected by suicide.
LGBTI Older People Housing Community Consultations
Housing for the Aged Action Group are hosting community consultations to hear about your housing needs now and into the future.
Writing Themselves In 4 National Report
The ongoing and significant impact of stigma, discrimination, violence and abuse on LGBTQA+ people’s lives has been confirmed by Writing Themselves In 4, despite recent legal and social progress towards acceptance.
Expression of Interest: LGBTIQ+ Mental Health and Suicide Prevention E-Module
We are currently seeking expressions of interest for a content review and update of our LGBTIQ+ Mental Health and Suicide Prevention E-Module.
Submission for the Federal Budget 2021/22
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia provided a written submission for the 2021/22 Federal Budget, highlighting health disparities that LGBTIQ+ people experience remaining the same or getting worse.
Conversations about death & dying
Two End of Life Doulas to talk about the importance of having conversations about death, dying, and end of life planning.
Submission to the Department of Health’s Consultation Paper
The National LGBTI Health Alliance has responded to the Department of Health’s Consultation Paper on the development of a National Preventive Health Strategy.
LGBTQIA65+ Equality At Every Age
Julie McCrossin AM moderates a diverse panel of members from the Rainbow community as they explore the particular characteristics and vulnerabilities of older LGBTQIA+ people and talk about real life examples of elder abuse in their community.
R U OK's LGBTIQ+ Conversation Guide
R U OK? has developed a conversation guide that contains tips to help you know when and how to ask someone who is gender, bodily or sexuality diverse, “Are you OK?” in a safe and supportive way.
New name and Strategic Plan 2021-2023
It’s a new year and we’re launching a new name, and a new Strategic Plan!
Our presentation to the Disability Royal Commission
On the 9 Dec 2020, we presented to the Disability Royal Commission around issues relating to employment. We talked about the experiences of LGBTIQ+ people with disability accessing employment and the EmployableQ Toolkit which helps organisations become more inclusive and accessible.
ANNUAL REPORT 2019-2020
This is the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s Annual Report for the financial year 2019-2020.
Productivity Commission’s Final Report on mental health, and National Suicide Prevention Adviser’s Interim Advice to the Prime Minister
We have today released our formal response to the Private Lives 3 National Report, the Productivity Commission’s Final Report on mental health and the National Suicide Prevention Adviser’s Interim Advice to the Prime Minister.
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is held annually on 20 November to commemorate trans and gender diverse people who have been murdered as the result of transphobia. TDoR was started in 1999 by Rita Hester and is now preceded by Transgender Week of Visibility from 13-19 November.
Expression of Interest: Silver Rainbow Training Review
We're calling for expressions of interest from consultancies to review the current Silver Rainbow training package for the purpose of further building on this important adult learning tool.
Productivity Commission’s final report on mental health, and the interim report from the National Suicide Prevention Adviser
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, welcomes the federal government’s attention on the mental health and suicide risks of LGBTI people.
2021 Census topics confirm a lack of commitment to LGBTI Australians
The National LGBTI Health Alliance* (the Alliance), remains frustrated that next year’s Census will not include questions on sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status, despite a national consensus for this data to be collected.
Private Lives 3 Study
Findings from Australia’s largest national survey of the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ people to date, show that our communities are continuing to experience significant disparities across a range of health and wellbeing indicators, and concerning levels of discrimination, harassment and violence, compared to the general population.
AU LGBTIQ+ People, Mental Health and the NDIS
LGBTIQ+ People, Mental Health and the NDIS. Recording of the live webinar dated 5th November 2020. The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) is the peak body for community managed mental health organisations in New South Wales.
The EmployableQ Disability Employment Inclusion Toolkit
The EmployableQ toolkit provides a non-prescriptive set of resources to guide and support organisations to build inclusive, welcoming, and safe workplaces for LGBTIQ+ people with disability. The Toolkit is underpinned by the 4 Pillars of Inclusion Framework:
LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Practice Guide for Homelessness and Housing Sectors in Australia
This document outlines guidance on inclusive practice for agencies in Australian homelessness and housing sectors working with clients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer or questioning (LGBTIQ+).
Current Evidence For Good Practice In Suicide Prevention For LGBTIQ+ People
This report provides an overview of evidence from 2010 to 2020 for good practice in suicide prevention for LGBTIQ people. It largely focuses on peer-reviewed literature from 2018 onwards.
Intersex Inclusion - How To Be An Intersex Ally
26 Oct 2020 is Intersex Awareness Day - and we're launching two new resources; an Inclusion Guide To Respecting People With Intersex Variations and Raising The Bar How To Be An Intersex Ally.
National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy: Community survey
The National LGBTI Health Alliance is currently developing its next National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy.
Health In Difference & LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conferences 2021
In 2021 those two premier conferences will be hosted online over 3 consecutive Fridays in April. Moving these important conferences online comes with new challenges, but it will enable us to use advanced conference software to provide both live events and on-demand content, networking, chat, breakout workshops, and a series of online social events every Friday afternoon to allow participants to network and unwind.
Expression of Interest: LGBTIQ+ Lived Experience Consultation
The National Suicide Prevention Taskforce has partnered with the Expert Advisory Group and the Suicide Prevention Research Fund to commission research that will help to build a better understanding about the lived experience of suicide in Australia to inform recommendations to government.
Webinar: We can all respond to suicide
This webinar explores the importance and benefits of creating LGBTIQA+ specific learning environments to build suicide awareness and response skills – for, with and within our own communities.
MEDIA STATEMENT: National Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring System website
The National LGBTI Health Alliance welcomes the launch this week of the Department of Health funded website by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), noting that the new system will not be able to monitor everyone.
World Mental Health Month
World Mental Health Day is on Saturday 10 October, and the whole of October is Mental Health Month. That means you can plan 31 days of activities to look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Out with cancer - Webinar
In this webinar, join Professor Jane Ussher from the ‘Out with Cancer’ Study, and a panel of LGBTQI+ people with lived experiences, to discuss preliminary study findings, including photo-voice, interview and survey results.
Submission: NDIA Support Coordination
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is reviewing whether an organisation providing Support Coordination for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participant should also be able to provide other funded supports.
Shining a Light on Suicide Prevention: World Suicide Prevention Day
Today (10 September 2020) marks World Suicide Prevention Day across the globe and provides a unique opportunity to collectively shine a light on suicide prevention, to help save lives.
EOI: Silver Rainbow Ageing and Aged Care NSW Tender
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is currently seeking a project partner to undertake the delivery of the Silver Rainbow Ageing and Aged Care sub-contract for New South Wales (NSW) for 2020 - 2022.
Media Statement: LGBTIQ+ Health Australia response to new report on sexual assault in Australia
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia welcomes the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s report on sexual assault in Australia, whilst also expressing concern at the lack of national data available to capture the experiences of LGBTI populations.
Submission to Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
Jean Hailes and LGBTIQ+ Health Australia promoting good health and wellbeing
We're pleased to announce a community partnership with Jean Hailes for Women’s Health for Women’s Health Week 2020.
‘Check in on your health’ is this year’s message for what is Australia’s biggest week focusing on good health and wellbeing for all women, including LGBTI women and trans and gender diverse people of all ages.
Introducing Daniel Comensoli
To help you learn more about the Alliance and the way we work, we'd like you to meet our team and various community members. Firstly, let us introduce Daniel Comensoli.
Victoria, we stand with you
We know Victorians are hurting right now. Our Victorian communities and members we stand with you.
Submission to Family Violence Inquiry
Letter from the LGBTI Health Alliance to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs' inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence - 24 July 2020.
Impact of COVID-19 on Older LGBTI Australians
A diverse group of 17 older self-identified LGBTI people were recruited to describe their experience of living in self-isolation.
New phone number – new office location!
New office location, now in Pyrmont.
Submissions: Royal Commission into Aged Care
The entire aged care system needs to be re-designed so that LGBTI older people are at the centre of the system rather than resorting to ‘safety nets’ or adding things onto the system to make it inclusive.
COVID-19: Individual and Community Care for LGBTI People
This is a central resource space for our diverse LGBTI community members.
We have developed the #LGBTIHealthPledge to promote LGBTI inclusive principles and to ensure that LGBTI people are able to access safe, culturally appropriate and affirmative care during this challenging time.
Beta Test our New Website!
We're really excited to reveal our new website - now being beta tested. And we'd love your feedback.
LGBTI People and Dementia
This guide was prepared by Dementia Australia for LGBTI people living with dementia, their families, friends and care partners.
Member Training Courses
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is a member-based organisation. Many of our Full Members provide LGBTIQ+ training and professional development in their local regions throughout Australia. This is a list of training opportunities currently available across Australia.
LGBTI Organisations and Policy: COVID-19
This is a central place for LGBTI organisations (the full members of LGBTIQ+ Health Australia) that are working to support LGBTI people throughout the changing COVID-19 environment.
Health and Wellbeing Services: COVID-19
We hope the referrals below can support your service to continue delivering to lgbti communities during the covid-19 viral pandemic.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Calls for Intergenerational Support During the COVID-19 Crisis
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia supports government advice to all older LGBTI people to stay at home during this COVID 19 crisis.
2020 Webinar Series: LGBTI Experiences of COVID-19
COVID-19 Impacts | The National LGBTI Health Alliance: 2020 Webinar Series
MindOUT Webinar: Affirmative Practice During COVID-19
Just in time for IDAHOBIT, see how you can reduce discrimination in the workplace for LGBTI folk, and celebrate your LGBTI peers
Media Statement: The National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2019 Key Findings
While there are some signs of improvement for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people since 2010 there is still work to be done.
Understanding the Differences: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People
Each letter in ‘LGBTI’ contains a diverse range of real people, living real lives. This factsheet describes what each of the letters mean.
Intersex for Allies
Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA) provides useful information to help allies understand the intersex spectrum and many experiences of intersex people.
Writing Themselves In Publications
Writing Themselves In is the largest national study series exploring the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ young people in Australia.
Transgender Writers and/or Writers with Intersex Variations in Australia
The List of Transgender Writers and/or Writers with Intersex Variations provides a database of people that are available for commissioned writing and also sensitivity services.
MindOut Champions Project
Established in 2013, the MindOut Champions project is a free source of professional development for all people working in the mental health or community service sector within Australia.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Begins Second Round of Consultations about Aged Care Services
In 2019, the National LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) LGBTIQ+ Health Australia ran a series of consultations with LGBTI elders and older people, friends, family members, allies, carers, aged care workers and representative organisations.
Silver Rainbow: LGBTIQ+ Aged Care Awareness Training
The Silver Rainbow LGBTI Aged Care Awareness Training Project is managed by LGBTIQ+ Health Australia and is delivered collaboratively with project partners across every state and territory in Australia. It is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health until 2023.
Equal not the Same: Introduction to LGBTIQ+ Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
LGBTI people are over-represented in mental health statistics of anxiety and depression, and have an increased risk of self-harm and suicide due to their experiences of stigma, discrimination, prejudice, abuse, violence, exclusion and isolation.
MindOUT Webinar: Sydney Queer Muslims
Sydney Queer Muslims is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing social support, education and resources to individuals and families in NSW.
COVID-19: LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Programs and Policy Page
After consideration of the current advice that is being provided with regard to coronavirus and ways to reduce transmission, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, 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, and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities, has decided to:
Network Mindout Webinar: 25 Years of LGBTQ+ Peer Support and Social Connection
Bfriend is one of the last remaining LGBTQA+ specific services in SA, currently operated by two part-time workers and housed in Uniting Communities, one of the largest NGOs in the state.
MindOUT Webinars List
MindOut webinars critically engage with topics related to mental health and suicide prevention for LGBTIQ+ people.
MindOUT Webinar: The Impact of Bisexual+ Invisibility on Mental Health
Bisexual+ people are thought to be the largest group in the LGBTIQ+ population, yet are commonly misunderstood by mainstream society and often invisible in the broader LGBTIQ+ discourse.
COVID-19 and LGBTI Communities
The Australian Federation of AIDS Arganisations and LGBTIQ+ Health Australia call for health practitioners and medical professionals to ensure the health needs of LGBTIQ+ people are considered across all responses to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Statement on Impact of COVID-19
We know that this is a challenging time for every person. There are particular challenges in our communities, and LGBTIQ+ Health Australia would like offer support in a meaningful way.
COVID-19: Royal Commision into Aged Care Update
LGBTI EXPERIENCE OF THE AGED CARE SYSTEM:
The Alliance has been funded to represent the views, experiences and aspirations of older LGBTI people utilising the aged care system.
Dementia Australia Resources
Dementia Australia advocates for the needs of people living with all types of dementia, and for their families and carers. They have developed a suite of resources for LGBTI people with dementia, their families and carers, and services providers. Follow the link below to access the full set of resources.
Statement on Impact of COVID-19: LGBTIQ+ Health Australia
After consideration of the current advice that is being provided with regard to coronavirus and ways to reduce transmission, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, 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, and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities, has decided to:
Submission: Religious Discrimination Bill
The Alliance supports the federal government’s commitment to provide comprehensive protection from discrimination for people of faith in areas of public life, provided that these laws do not sanction and enable new forms of discrimination against LGBTI people.
Submission: Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on Mental Health
We welcome the release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report, and its recognition that LGBTI people are more likely than the general population to face stigma and discrimination, and that we are highlighted as a population group at higher risk of poor mental health and suicidal behaviours.
Rainbow Ageing Papers
Rainbow Ageing is a national research project that aims to provide new data on the health and well-being of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Australians.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Recognises Impact of Trauma on those Affected by the Bushfire Crisis
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Welcomes Productivity Commission Report into Mental Health
3rd National Roundtable on LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care
In October 2019, thirty-five delegates attended the 3rd National Roundtable on Ageing and Aged Care. This meeting produced some clear directions for the Alliance to work towards in the ageing and aged care space.
Census 2021: Share Your Voice with our Template Letter
The National LGBTI Health Alliance has prepared the following letter template for Members, which calls for the meaningful inclusion of LGBTI people in the 2021 Census.
Federal Government Must Ensure LGBTI People are Counted in the 2021 Census – Joint Statement
Joint Statement in Support of LGBTI Inclusion in the 2021 Census
JOINT STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE INCLUSION OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY AND INTERSEX STATUS IN THE 2021 CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING
Federal Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill Entrenches Discriminative Access Barriers to Healthcare for LGBTI People
The National LGBTI Health Alliance (the Alliance),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, and intersex people (LGBTI) calls for the immediate removal of the Bill’s provisions relating to conscientious objections for health practitioners as they will act as discriminative barriers to LGBTI people in accessing the health care they need.
Working Together to Prevent Suicide: LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Statement on World Suicide Prevention Day
Today (10 September 2019) marks World Suicide Prevention Day across the globe and provides a unique opportunity to collectively shine a light on suicide prevention both politically and at a community level.
Statement from LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in Response to the Federal Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill
Friday 30 August 2019
MindOUT Webinar - Building Resilience: Working and Belonging in the LGBTI Community
During, and since the marriage equality debate a lot of the self-care advice given to LGBTI community members was about getting off social media and taking a break from the negative comments, but for people who work in the community this wasn’t always possible.
“Loving Beyond Labels” Sydney Queer Muslims Inc.
Sydney Queer Muslims is a volunteer-based non-profit organisation that has been supporting queer Muslims in the greater Sydney area since its incorporation in 2017.
'LGBTI' People and Communities
WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ‘LGBTI’ COMMUNITIES?
MindOUT Webinar - Black and Brown Queers: Pushing back on the Whiteness of Multiculturalism
A purely statistical analysis will never be able to tell the full story on LGBT suicide.
MindOUT Webinar - Communicating about Mental Illness and Suicide in LGBTI Communities
While there is currently no population-based data on completed suicides by LGBTI people in Australia, recent research has indicated that mental ill-health, self-harm, suicide attempt and suicidal ideation rates amongst LGBTI people are disproportionately higher than that of the general population.
Annual Report 2018-2019
This is LGBTIQ+ Health Australia’s Annual Report for the financial year 2018-2019.
MindOUT Webinar - Reflections from the Brisbane North PHN LGBTI Suicide Prevention Trial
This webinar provides an overview of the work of the Brisbane North Primary Health Network (PHN) has been undertaking in the delivery of the National Suicide Prevention Trial.
MindOUT Webinar - Building Intersex Peer Support
A Gender Agenda is unique in Australia for resourcing both an intersex peer support and an intersex project worker position, the result of which is a one of a kind peer support model that can set a new standard for LGBTQ organisations.
MindOUT Webinar - Affirmation in Action: A Conversation about LGBTIQ+Affirmative Practice
Affirmative Practice is a term we hear about increasingly in our work with diverse populations.
MindOUT Webinar - A Critical Development Approach to Working with Transgender and Non-Binary Young People
This webinar aims to provide attendees with an overview of the mental health needs of transgender and non-binary young people, before outlining an approach to working with transgender and non-binary young people that is mindful of both their diverse needs, and those of their parents.
Cycle of Invisibility Resource
The cycle of invisibility is a model for understanding exclusion and invisibility for LGBTI people. This resource was developed by Silver Rainbow for aged care workers, however it can be easily used by other sectors.
The Rainbow Makers
This resource highlights the importance of culturally safe aged care services and the power of aged care service providers to make a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) elders and older people.
SYNTHESIS OF CURRENT EVIDENCE FOR GOOD PRACTICE IN SUICIDE PREVENTION FOR LGBTI PEOPLE
Suicide Prevention Australia partnering with The LGBTI Health Alliance for the development of LGBTI Suicide Prevention Good Practice Guidelines. This synthesis informed the development of the pending LGBTI Suicide Prevention Good Practice Guidelines.
MindOUT Webinar - Intersectional Identities: LGBTIQ people with Disabilities
Join LGBTIQ disability rights educator Jax Jacki Brown for an engaging and informative presentation that will provide you with new perspectives on disability, and how we can be agents of change in creating a more accessible and inclusive society.
MindOUT Webinar - Developing LGBTIQ Inclusive Practice within Mainstream Mental Health Service
National mainstream mental health service providers have a particular responsibility to develop strategies, projects and policies that move beyond ’treating everyone the same’, to consider the unique circumstances of oppression, marginalisation and discrimination that can impact the access of marginalised people and communities to services.
Webinar: LGBTI Young People
LGBTI people are most likely to realise and explore their identities and experiences during their childhood and adolescence. Along with increasing social acceptance of LGBTI people, LGBTI young people are choosing to be visible at a younger ages than previously possible.
Webinar: LGBTI Families
LGBTI families, like all families, come in many different forms, and as with any family, the membership and structure of LGBTI families can change over time.
Webinar: Intimate Partner and Family Violence
While we know that intimate partner and family violence are risk in any relationship, for LGBTI people it may be more invisible because of the compounding impact of LGBTI relationships being less recognisable to service providers and the lack of inclusion of LGBTI relationships in relevant research.
Webinar: Alcohol and Drug Use
LGBTI people and communities use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs at elevated rates compared to the broader population, and are significantly more likely to experience drug dependence.
Webinar: LGBTI Older People and Ageing
The ageing population in Australia is dramatically increasing demand for ageing and aged care services. Older LGBTI Australians have lived through a time in the nation’s history when they suffered stigma, discrimination, pathologisation, criminalisation, family rejection and social exclusion and isolation.
Webinar: Introduction to LGBTI People and Communities
In Australia, the Commonwealth Government uses the initials ‘LGBTI’ to refer collectively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex, which are five distinct but sometimes overlapping groupings.
MindOUT Webinar - Culturally and Linguistically Diverse LGBTI People
Ethnic identity is a person’s sense of belonging to a particular ethnic group. This involves participating in and negotiating that group’s cultural, religious and other traditions, beliefs and values.
Annual Report 2017-2018
This is LGBTIQ+ Health Australia’s Annual Report for the financial year 2017-2018.
MindOUT Webinar - GPs Role in Supporting LGBTI Mental Health
LGBTI people have disproportionately high levels of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Ruth will describe some of these issues, and differences for different sub-groups including for example, gender diverse, and bisexual people.
Tango Project Report
The Tango Project was launched in 2017 by Dr Catherine Barrett, Director of Alice’s Garage. The aim of the project is to address the difficulties (including abuse and discrimination) that LGBTI elders face on the basis of their LGBTI identities.
10 Questions to Ask About LGBTI Residential Aged Care
This brochure is designed to help you when deciding which residential aged care home meets your needs.
Safeguarding the End of the Rainbow
This guide tailored for older LGBTI community members on how to plan for future care and medical needs, finances and estate, and funeral and burial wishes.
MindOUT Webinar - Introduction to LGBTI Mental Health
There has been increasing recognition of LGBTI populations within mental health and suicide prevention, and work has begun to ensure that programs and services are inclusive of and accessible to LGBTI people.
Preliminary Results of the Coping with Marriage Equality Debate Survey
Between 16 October to 14 November, independent think-tank The Australia Institute and LGBTIQ+ Health Australia ran a questionnaire as part of a study to assess the effect of the Postal Survey on the LGBTIA community and its allies.
Aged Care Diversity Framework
The Aged Care Diversity Framework is a high-level document that provides guidance to service providers, consumers, government and peak bodies on how to adequately address the specific needs of all people with diverse characteristics and life experiences.
MindOUT Webinar - Barriers to Healthcare Experienced by Trans Young People
This webinar outlines the issues faced by trans young people accessing medical and mental health services in Australia.
MindOUT Webinar - Nonsuicidal Self-Injury within LGB Communities
Why do people self-injure? The urge to cut, scratch, rub, tear and burn our skin seems in direct contrast to our innate instincts of self-preservation and survival.
Timeline of LGBTI ageing & aged care in Australia
This page provides a very brief timeline of LGBTI ageing & aged care in Australia. We acknowledge those who have worked for decades towards the gains that we are beginning to see today.
MindOUT Webinar - LGBTIQ+ Young People’s Mental Health Help Seeking and Digital Cultures
This webinar considers how health services, including mental health services, could better accommodate the needs of young people with diverse gender and sexual identities.
SUBMISSION TO JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON THE NDIS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH TERMS OF REFERENCE
The provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition. Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS – Mental Health Terms of Reference 2017.
As part of the committee’s inquiry into the implementation, performance and governance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the committee will inquire into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition.
MindOUT Webinar - Transgender People in the Northern Territory
This presentation delivers an overview of Dr Kerry’s book: Trans Dilemmas. Living in Australia’s Remote Areas and in Aboriginal Communities, published by Routledge in September 2017.
Annual Report 2016-2017
This is LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's Annual Report for the financial year 2016-2017.
Darlington Statement: Joint Consensus Statement from the Intersex Community
The Darlington Statement is a joint consensus statement by Australian and Aotearoa/New Zealand intersex organisations and independent advocates, signed in March 2017.
MindOUT Webinar - Online Panel Discussion: The Progression of LGBTI Populations within Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy, Policy and Programmes
LGBTI people and communities have been slowly gaining increased recognition of their mental health and suicide outcomes, however, LGBTI populations are still relatively invisible in mental health and suicide prevention strategies, policies and frameworks, and thus excluded from project and programmes responses.
MindOUT Webinar - An Introduction to the LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy
This webinar describes, explores and discusses the details of the content of the 2016 National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy that was developed for an Australian context to systematically address the dramatic over-representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex people in measures of suicidality and mental ill-health.
MindOUT Webinar - An Australian First: Research Factors Related to Suicide Death in LGBT People: Implications for Practice
This webinar will discuss results of a research project that investigated factors related to suicide death in LGBT populations in Australia.
Anti-Homophobia & Inclusion Framework for Australian Sports
This Anti-homophobia & Inclusion Framework sets out a structure for the development of anti-homophobia & inclusion policies to be adopted by five peak sports bodies; the Australian Rugby Union, Australian Football League, National Rugby League, Football Federation Australia and Cricket Australia.
MindOUT Webinar - Facilitating an Anxiety Support Group for LGBTI People
Way Ahead Mental Health Association of NSW facilitates Anxiety Disorders Support Group that comprise of a small number of people who come together to share personal experiences and information in a safe, friendly and supportive environment, led by a trained volunteer group facilitator.
Webinar: LGBTI People and the NDIS
MindOUT and People with Disability Australia (PWDA) have worked together to create a webinar resource targeting LGBTI people who are or will be accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Carer Gateway: The Starting Point for Carer Advice
Each day in Australia, millions of people provide care and assistance to another person needing help to go about their everyday lives.
MindOUT Webinar - Considerations when Providing Mental Health First Aid to an LGBTIQ Person
This webinar will present the guidelines that were developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia and the University of Melbourne, with assistance from the National LGBTI Health Alliance, MindOUT project.
Developing an LGBTI Inclusive Practice Policy
This factsheet provides a list of key issues and questions that service providers should use to cover in their policies to ensure that their service meets the needs of older people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex.
Supporting Same-Sex Attracted Gender Diverse Young People Multicultural Multifaith Backgrounds
This research project involved conducting a case study analysis of the needs of same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people of multicultural and multifaith backgrounds, and how these needs can be addressed by government, and by their cultural and religious communities.
MindOUT Webinar - Intersex Human Rights: Addressing Harmful Practices and Rhetoric of Change
In the “Reproductive Health Matters” Journal Morgan Carpenter wrote a piece entitled Intersex Human Rights: addressing harmful practices and rhetoric of change.
MindOUT Webinar - Understanding Intersex
This webinar session aims to develop individual practitioner and organisational capacity to understand and provide inclusive psychosocial services to their clients with intersex variations.
MindOUT Webinar - Mental Health and Suicide Prevention for LGBTIQ People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds
Regrettably, a significant body of research supports the view that LGBTIQ individuals have a higher per capita level of risk of mental illness, self-harm and suicide. For a variety of factors their life journey can be much more difficult to navigate.
National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy
The National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy is a plan for strategic action to prevent mental ill-health and suicide, and promote good mental health and wellbeing for LGBTI people and communities across Australia.
Working with LGBTI People: Data Integrity
Inclusive and appropriate data collection promotes data integrity. When we have data integrity, we can increase social cohesion and improve health outcomes.
Working with LGBTI People: People & Families
LGBTI families face stigma in society and sometimes from healthcare providers.
Working with LGBTI People: Young People
The majority of LGBTI young people consider themselves to be happy and satisfied with their lives, however they are also more likely to experience social exclusion, isolation, rejection, bullying, discrimination, inequality, harassment and violence due to stigma regarding LGBTI people.
Working with LGBTI People: Intimate Partner and Family Violence
While we know that intimate partner and family violence are risks in any relationship, for LGBTI people it may be more invisible because of the compounding impact of LGBTI relationships being less recognisable to service providers.
Working with LGBTI People: Alcohol & Drugs
Members of LGBTI communities use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs at elevated rates compared to the broader population and are
significantly more likely to experience drug dependence.
MindOUT Webinar - Sexuality and Gender Diversity in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental lifelong condition that is characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviours. The sexual profile of individuals with ASD suggests a higher prevalence of non-heterosexuality and gender-fluidity.
Working with LGBTI People: Elders
Resource for how health practitioners, organisations and service providers can increase inclusive practice to meet the needs of LGBTI Elders.
MindOUT Webinar - LGBTI People, Alcohol and Drugs and Mental Health
LGBTI people have specific experiences when it comes to alcohol and drug use and mental health.
MindOUT Youth Project Report
The MindOUT! Youth Project brought together ten LGBT specialist youth services from around Australia to document and celebrate the amazing work they already do with LGBT young people.
Choosing an LGBTI Inclusive Ageing and Aged Care Service
A multipurpose tool to support people who are beginning to access ageing & aged care services. The factsheet provides a series of questions that can help people to decide if a service is LGBTI inclusive.
Annual Report 2015-2016
This is the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s Annual Report for the financial year 2015-2016.
White Paper: ‘Making the Count: Addressing Data Integrity Gaps in Australian Standards for Collecting Sex and Gender Information’
The 2016 Standard for Sex and Gender Variables has yet to incorporate some key recommendations made to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) by LGBTIQ+ Health Australia and participating community organisations.
Resilient Individuals: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Rights
Equality and freedom from discrimination are fundamental human rights that belong to all people, irrespective of sexual orientation, gender identity or because they are intersex.
The Facts: Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence
This factsheet provides some information for LGBTI elders regarding elder abuse and domestic violence, including a number of contacts to seek additional help.
Annual Report 2014-2015
This is the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s Annual Report for the financial year 2014-2015.
Employers’ Guide to Intersex Inclusion
This guide for employers, business managers, diversity and HR Professionals aims to introduce intersex and provide practical
assistance to help build intersex inclusive practice. It is mostly aimed at employment practice, but much of the material will also help build inclusive service delivery.
Working Therapeutically with LGBTI Clients: A Practice Wisdom Resource
This manual draws from the consulting room experience of a number of psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors who have worked with a broad range of sex, sexuality and gender diverse clients.
Nothing for Them
This report is the result of a small study undertaken to explore services and referral pathways, if any, currently available for refugee and newly arrived young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans or those who may be questioning their sexual feelings and/or gender identity.
Going Upstream: A Framework for Promoting the Mental Health of LGBTI People
This document provides a framework to guide the development and implementation of strategies that promote mental health and wellbeing in LGBTI Australians. The document draws on a growing body of Australian and international research and identifies key factors known to influence mental health for these communities.
Championing Inclusion: A Guide to Creating LGBTI Inclusive Organisations
This resource draws on learnings from the Champions pilot project facilitated by MindOUT! in 2013-14. It provides a framework for organisations wishing to instigate a LGBTI Champions project across a diverse range of workplaces and groups, including mental health and suicide prevention services and organisations.
Annual Report 2013-2014
This is the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s Annual Report for the financial year 2013-2014.
The first Australian National Trans Mental Health Study
The first national trans mental health study was a cross-sectional study of trans people living in Australia in 2013.
Cultural Competency Implementation Framework
This document is designed to support mainstream mental health and suicide prevention services to better provide for LGBTI communities. The aim of the Framework is to ensure that these organisations are better able to recognise, understand and meet the specific needs of LGBTI people.
LGBTI Data 2013
‘Developing an evidence-informed environment for health policy’ – Discussion Paper 2013
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's Constitution 2022
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's Constitution 2022
Pathways to Inclusion
This paper provides a framework for providers of mainstream mental health and suicide prevention organisations to better recognise, understand and meet the specific needs of LGBTI people.
Diversity in Health
In April 2012, individuals and organisations from across Australia were invited to participate in a ground breaking National Health Roundtable organised by LGBTIQ+ Health Australia to address the collective priorities for transgender, intersex and other people of diverse sex and gender.
The Bisexuality Report 2012: Bisexual Inclusion in LGBT Equality and Diversity
An important report on bisexuality from the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance and Faculty of Health and Social Care – The Open University.