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ARCSHS LA TROBE UNIVERSITY | AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH CENTRE IN SEX, HEALTH AND SOCIETY
 
 
GLHV | Promoting LGBTI Victorians' health & wellbeing
 
 
August News
 
LGBTIQ inclusion – now more than ever
 
In recent weeks in Melbourne, and Australia as a whole, we have been reminded in a dramatic way that this pandemic is far from over. The renewed stress on communities is something we all feel, and frontline service providers are grappling with how to respond day by day. Our thanks go to all those working so hard to meet community need in this difficult context.

We are even more aware now of how COVID-19 and its impacts can compound existing social inequalities and health disparities. For LGBTIQ people, there is significant cause for concern in terms of mental health outcomes, family violence and homelessness, as well as ongoing access to inclusive and appropriate healthcare and aged care, amongst other issues.

More than ever, there is a need to consider LGBTIQ inclusion in service delivery, while adapting service responses through online and remote delivery. This requires both a renewed focus on investing in LGBTIQ community-controlled services, and a commitment to improving LGBTIQ inclusion across health and community services.

Rainbow Tick Community of Practice

We have begun holding a regular Rainbow Tick Community of Practice to connect those working to develop LGBTIQ-safe and welcoming services. The attendance during lockdown has been strong, and participants have shared important lessons and insights about service need and effective delivery in the current context.

Rainbow Tick is a world-first accreditation program for LGBTIQ inclusion and remains the most impactful way to measure and demonstrate cultural safety for LGBTIQ people in service delivery. In addition, the Rainbow Tick Standards also serve as an important and useful framework to guide best practice LGBTIQ inclusion for any organisation at any point in a journey towards LGBTIQ inclusion.

We will continue to host the Rainbow Tick Community of Practice at regular intervals, supporting any practitioners and organisations seeking to improve their practice. The next two meetings will focus on workforce development and changing client presentations during the current pandemic and lockdown.

Later this year, we also hope to share with you a revised Rainbow Tick guide to LGBTIQ inclusive practice, which presents the Standards as a set of key organising principles for any organisation in developing a plan for improving LGBTIQ inclusion, while also supporting organisations on their journey to formal accreditation.

We hope you find this all useful. Please keep in touch with us and let us know what we can do to help your work in this difficult time.
 
 
  Marina Carman

Director,
Rainbow Health Victoria
 
 
 
 
In this Newsletter
 
Register now for the next Rainbow Tick Community of Practice
 

Upcoming workshops – open to any organisation interested in LGBTIQ-inclusive practice – will focus on workforce development (Sep 23) and trends in client presentations (Oct 21) during COVID-19. Explore and register now.

 
 
 
Resource
 
Support for LGBTIQ communities from the Victorian Government
 
 
 
The Victorian Government wants all LGBTIQ communities to know the range of support available during this time. Support is available through:  For the most up-to-date information, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au.
Resource
 
Accessing peer support for LGBTIQ communities with Thorne Harbour Health
 
 
Any LGBTIQ people who are isolated or impacted by COVID-19 anywhere in Victoria can now access Rainbow Connection, regardless of age or HIV status. This long-running volunteer program from Thorne Harbour Health connects those in need with a peer to maintain regular contact and assist with food deliveries. For more information or to self-refer, email 
rainbowconnection@thorneharbour.org.
 
 
Video
 
headspace partnership: New training video on pronouns
 
 
 
The new video resource, made in partnership with Rainbow Network, features young people talking about pronouns and inclusive language – with a sneaky guest appearance from one of our team at the end! Rainbow Health Victoria has also provided headspace with inclusive design advice for the redevelopment of their systems for collecting and analysing data about young people’s sex, gender and sexuality. Watch and share the video.
Video
 
Watch: Launch of annual LGBTI Family Violence Forum
 
 
Matthew Parsons from RHV recently MC’d the annual LGBTI Family Violence Forum, this year presented as a series of 10 webinar sessions. Every year this forum is an opportunity for LGBTIQ community and allied organisations to showcase their work, share knowledge and skills and look at areas for further sector and practice development. The forum was organised through a partnership of key sector organisations and made possible thanks to a tremendous volunteer contribution from Thorne Harbour Health. 
Watch the launch video here.
 
 
 
Rainbow Tick
 
Congratulations to Carers Victoria
 
Carers Victoria has celebrated their Rainbow Tick accreditation with a special edition of Conversations with Carers Victoria. (View the full list of Rainbow Tick Accredited organisations.)
 
 
 
Training
 
Blended online learning package: Enquire now
 
 
 
This custom training package has been developed to support organisations to continue strengthening their capacity for LGBTIQ inclusion. This includes a flexible online course and live webinar workshop designed for staff working remotely, in order to continue to effectively meet the professional development needs of organisations striving for LGBTIQ inclusion and safety. Email us for more information on training options.
Activities
 
Rainbow Network / Zoe Belle Gender Collective training
 
 
This advanced online training session provides an in-depth understanding of the experiences of young trans and gender diverse people in different contexts, including family, education, homelessness, sexual assault and accessing gender-affirming care – including the impacts of pathologisation, and of the COVID-19 crisis. This one-off training session will run on August 20 only – register now.
 
 
Resource
 
Community legal support for trans and gender diverse community
 
 

Since June 2020 the Roberta Perkins Law Project has provided a free legal service for trans and gender diverse people in Victoria, delivered by St Kilda Legal Service in partnership with Transgender Victoria. They can address the specific legal needs of trans and gender diverse people living in Victoria, as well as assisting with everyday legal problems. For legal help, or to find out more about the project, email RPLP@skls.org.au

Resource
 
Video call backgrounds and Wear It Purple Day August 28
 
 

Video call backgrounds are a great way for inclusive services to signal their LGBTIQ cultural safety (and pronouns) when providing remote service to clients. In partnership with Zoe Belle Gender Collective, you can browse our collection of desktop-ready backgrounds. For more tips for ways your organisation can celebrate Wear It Purple Day online on August 28, check out Minus18's Wear It Purple day website.

 
 
 
Job Opportunity
 
ARCSHS seeking Level B Research Fellow
 
This new role will manage a research study examining service support needs for LGBTIQ people who have experienced family, domestic or sexual violence. This is a full time 24 month contract. Read more here.
 
 
 
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