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October News

Research Matters: launching a new series of resources

So, we’ve been busy in lockdown, and are excited to share with you a new series of information resources called Research Matters.

This series aims to deliver accessible and concise briefings on current research relevant to LGBTIQ health and wellbeing. This includes looking at concepts and definitions, as well as research relevant to particular communities or issues within the LGBTIQ ‘umbrella’. The aim of these papers is to provide knowledge that is useful to you in developing training, resources, policy and service delivery. We also hope to promote thinking and discussion amongst the sectors engaged in LGBTIQ health and wellbeing.

We’ve got more issues in the pipeline and will be reaching out to consult with different groups and individuals as we go forward. In coming months, we’ll also be part of launching the much-anticipated reports from two major national surveys of LGBTIQ health and wellbeing conducted through the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society – Private Lives 3 and Writing Themselves In 4. Research Matters will play an important role in bringing you the significant findings from these surveys, in an applied way.

The first issue presented here is titled Research Matters: What does LGBTIQ mean? We thought that the best place to start was to focus on the concepts of sex, gender and sexuality, and what lies underneath the definitions collected together in the acronym ‘LGBTIQ’.

So, we hope you find this useful and we look forward to hearing more from you as we move forward in developing future issues.
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Warm regards,

Marina Carman
Rainbow Health Victoria
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Download Research Matters: What does LGBTIQ mean?

The first issue in this series is Research Matters: What does LGBTIQ mean? This evidence brief focuses on the concepts of sex, gender and sexuality and what lies underneath the definitions collected together in the acronym ‘LGBTIQ’.
Download the first issue of Research Matters now.
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HEY grants: Closing Monday 12 October

Round 10 of the HEY grants will close this Monday. The grants, provided through a partnership between the Victorian Government and the Youth Affairs Council Victoria, offer up to $10,000 for initiatives aimed at supporting LGBTIQA+ young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Visit YACVic to learn more.

The Rainbow Door: A new service from Switchboard

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Switchboard Victoria has recently launched Rainbow Door – a new free, specialist LGBTIQA+ helpline, providing information, support and referral to all LGBTIQA+ Victorians, their friends and family during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Support is available via email, text or through a phone call, 10am-6pm, 7 days a week

Rainbow Door supports people of all ages and identities with a range of issues and challenges.

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These may include suicidal thoughts, family and intimate partner violence (including elder abuse), issues with alcohol and other drugs, relationship issues, sexual assault, social isolation, mental health and wellbeing and access to relevant services including disability and support for older people.

Through advice, referral and support from an experienced LGBTIQA+ peer, Rainbow Door will help LGBTIQA+ people navigate the system to access the supports they need. 
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An online Ace Week event from Rainbow Network

Join Rainbow Network for an opportunity to learn more about the ace (asexual) and aro (aromantic) identity spectrums, to assist in supporting young people who identify with the ‘A’ in LGBTQIA+, featuring speakers and a Q&A. Learn more about our Ace Week event.
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Celebrating Bi+ Visibility Day

On this significant day in the LGBTIQ calendar, Rainbow Health Victoria spoke to Dr Jen Power from ARCSHS, who has been researching the experiences of Bi+ people living in Australia. Read the full interview on our website.
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Exciting new events from Val’s LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care

Throughout October and November, Val’s is hosting a forum series for service providers working with older LGBTI consumers. This will include the launch of a new LGBTI-inclusive practice resource, conversations with LGBTI elders, and more. Sign up to the Val’s newsletter to hear about these and other events.
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Register for the next Rainbow Tick Community of Practice

How are client presentations changing during COVID-19? What trends are services seeing in risk, vulnerability and resilience for LGBTIQ communities? This session on 23 October is particularly appropriate for frontline service and staff involved in clinical decision-making. Register for the Community of Practice.
Feature Resource
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Two new posters have been developed in partnership with Elizabeth Morgan House, Thorne Harbour Health and the Zoe Belle Gender Collective celebrating LGBTI and queer First Nations communities. These posters feature the artwork of Charlotte Allingham, a Wiradjuri and Ngiyampaa Artist.

Printed posters will be available, but due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, services are encouraged to download, print or share the web version.
download the posters here
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