Welcome Back!

G'day Networkers and welcome to an exciting year for QFVSN! We have a jam-packed year ahead with plenty of online learning forums, communities of practice and short webinars just for you! Keep your eyes peeled for our next email which should have a calendar of what's coming up in the next few months.

Meanwhile there's plenty going on right now: The launch of Writing Themselves In 4 (the largest Australian study of health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ youth) is happening tomorrow, you can register below. The Say It Out Loud national resource is live for you to check out. There's a free online LGBTIQA+ inclusive practice conference for health services happening next week, HOW2 Training is back on and the ABS has released new data collection standards for sex, gender and sexuality info. Phew!

That should keep you all busy for a while.
With warm regards,

Shamini Joseph
Queer Family Violence Sector Network
Video preview of the "Say It Out Loud!" website, a national resource for LGBTIQ family violence and sexual assault.
Say It Out Loud! is the national resource we've all been waiting for about healthy relationships as well as sexual, domestic and family violence for people of diverse genders and sexualities, professionals and allies.

Containing state specific and national resources for professionals and allies as well as community, Say It Out Loud has the following handy features:
  • A Service Map for people to find the family violence services they need in their area
  • A Safety Planning Tool
  • A Healthy Relationship Quiz
  • A "What's on" section for events, groups, webinars etc across Australia
If you would like your service listed in the service mapping tool, please enter your listing here: Submit Your Service – Say It Out Loud
If you would like your relevant event, group, workshop, webinar or conference promoted on the site, please do so here: Submit an Event – Say It Out Loud
For A3 posters and postcards for your waiting rooms – email Kai Noonan ( to place your order.
Go to


Online Launch of Writing Themselves in 4

Australia's largest ever study on the health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people aged 14-21, is launching this Wednesday February 3 from 2-3:30pm. 

Writing Themselves In 4 contains vital information about the health and wellbeing of more than 6,000 LGBTQA+ young people, as well as findings relating to their experiences at school, homelessness, community connection and a range of other issues. The data will help to inform all those working to improve the lives of LGBTQA+ young people in Australia.
Register here


ABS: New data standards for collecting info on sex, gender and sexuality

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released a new set of data standards for collecting and reporting information about sex characteristics, gender and sexuality. These standards were created in consultation with LGBTIQ community stakeholders and researchers, and are a useful guideline and resource for anyone creating or reviewing intake policies and other data collection processes.
Click here

Family Violence in Victoria: Findings from the Victorian Population Health Survey 2017

This report is the first population-representative study on family violence in the state of Victoria and includes LGBTIQ+ populations.

The report investigates the prevalence of family violence, who experienced family violence, the frequency of its occurrence and the type of family violence experienced as well as other factors.

Women, adults who identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, adults who identified as LGBTIQ+, and adults who were born in Australia were over-represented among those who experienced family violence.

Check out the report

Northeast region LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Practice Conference: 8-12th February

The LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Practice Conference is the first of its kind in regional Northeast Victoria. The full week-long online event for health services and staff is free and will cover a variety of topics on LGBTQIA+ Inclusive practice, showcasing local and state-based services, sexual health, youth, aged, trans and gender diverse and more! Register for your session of choice below.
Conference website
Download program

Last call for the HOW2 Training in early 2021

Thinking about going for Rainbow Tick accreditation but not sure where to begin? Register now for Rainbow Health Victoria's HOW2 training program. Through 7 interactive webinar sessions, RHV will walk you through all six Rainbow Tick Standards and help participants build their LGBTIQ inclusive plans and programs. 

First session starts Wednesday 3rd of Feb 2021 (Late enrolments possible, first session is recorded. Contact for more information)
Download HOW2 Flyer

Victorian LGBTIQ+ Strategy

Have your say in Vic Gov's first ever Victorian LGBTIQ+ Strategy which will guide the state government’s efforts to achieve equality for LGBTIQ+ communities over the next decade.

Vic Gov is seeking further feedback on the LGBTIQ+ Strategy Directions Paper and whether their vision and directions adequately capture your vision for LGBTIQ+ equality in Victoria, and ideas for improving the lives of LGBTIQ+ Victorians.

You can participate by completing the short survey (link below) by midnight on Wednesday 17 February 2021.

Have your say

New to the Network? Here's a bit of a starter pack for you:
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