GLHV | Promoting LGBTI Victorians' health & wellbeing
December News
From 2019, we'll be Rainbow Health Victoria
As 2018 comes to a close we would like to share with you some exciting news for the year ahead.

First of all, we are pleased to announce that two major surveys of LGBTI Australians will launch again soon. Writing Themselves In is a national survey of LGBTI young people, and Private Lives is a national survey of the health and wellbeing of LGBTI people.

These surveys were last run by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society in 2010 and 2012. They were vital in making the experiences and needs of LGBTI people visible, led to important changes in government policy and funded programs, and informed training and initiatives to promote inclusive practice.

We encourage you all to participate and engage over the coming year.

As we announced a few months ago, a Management Committee is now leading the team already in place here, made up of Adam Bourne, Jennifer Power and Marina Carman. Between us we bring a broad range of experience in research, community engagement and large-scale training programs.

So coming to the big news moving forward – GLHV@ARCSHS has resolved to undergo a name change. Many things have changed since we began as Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria back in 2003. We recognise the need to adopt a name that reflects the broad scope of our work and engagement with the LGBTI community.
From 2019, we will be using the name Rainbow Health Victoria. We are planning a new website and lots of shiny new things. We are engaging in a series of consultations, meetings and informal coffee chats with key stakeholders to work out how we can more effectively produce, promote and package the evidence, training and resources you need.
We look forward to continuing to work with the team, and our supporters over the coming year.

Wishing you all the best for 2019!

Adam Bourne, Jennifer Power and Marina Carman
Funding for inclusive practice in the Family Violence sector
GLHV has begun delivering the HOW2 Program, funded by the Victorian Government to mainstream family violence services. Contact for details
Val's successful 2018 forum on LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care
In partnership with All the Queen’s Men, Val's LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care hosted a one-day forum on 24 October followed by the 2nd Coming Back Out Ballread more
Rainbow Network's LGBTI+ Youth Mental Health forum
Nearly 100 people working with young people attended our Rainbow Network forum last week with presentations from researchers, leaders and some incredible young people. You can now like Rainbow
Network's new Facebook page to learn
more and hear about our events first!
We delivered training to over 110 organisations in 2018

We delivered over 70 all staff professional development sessions, and 40 organisations participated in HOW2 training. This means well over 1500 people were trained across all our programs in aged care, family violence, the youth sector, as well as many others in health, human services & correctional services, Email us now for 2019 training inquiries.


As 2018 draws to a close at least 54 organisations have now registered with QIP for Rainbow Tick accreditation. If you're interested in learning more about Rainbow Tick please visit our website here. You can also contact us or QIP.
Research from 2018
We were involved in the launch of four important research reports, and are continuing to engage with stakeholders around the recommendations and actions resulting from the following:
Identifying the experiences and needs of LGBTI communities before, during and after emergencies in Victoria.

Read the full report online
The everyday experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people living with disability.

Read the full report online
Policing for same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young Victorians.

Read the full report online
Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice: Responding to LGBT conversion therapy in Australia.

Read the full report online

We also provided advice and input to Our Watch on a report analysing the current research on primary prevention of family violence against people from LGBTI communities.
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