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ARCSHS LA TROBE UNIVERSITY | AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH CENTRE IN SEX, HEALTH AND SOCIETY
 
 
GLHV | Promoting LGBTI Victorians' health & wellbeing
 
 
Winter Edition
 
LGBTIQ inclusion in the ‘new normal’
 
With COVID-19 restrictions easing across the country, we hope you have been out enjoying the sunshine and the opportunity to re-connect with friends, family, colleagues and community in recent weeks. At Rainbow Health Victoria we are both grateful for, and proud of, the strength of the public health response in Australia.

We have been heartened by how LGBTIQ organisations and community have stepped up to entertain, connect, advise and advocate during this time. Both LGBTIQ community-controlled organisations and LGBTIQ-inclusive mainstream services have stepped up to continue to provide essential health and support services.

We would also like to acknowledge the recent international outpouring of grief and anger in response to the death of George Floyd in the US and the ongoing impact of racism both in Australia and internationally. We stand with you. In particular, we are committed to working together to build a world where all LGBTIQ First Nations people and people of colour are celebrated and live free from violence. 

New Resources

In this newsletter, we have included a new resource developed out of insights shared by practitioners at three recent LGBTIQ-inclusive practice communities of practice. These include reports on recent experiences with LGBTIQ clients and community needs, and lessons learnt in providing services in these new and challenging circumstances. We will be providing updated and ongoing support to organisations and individuals pushing forward with LGBTIQ inclusion and service delivery, including a new suite of training courses through both online and remote service delivery.

We’ve been really pleased that our recent resource on COVID-19 impacts on LGBTIQ communities has been so well-received. The concerns and recommendations contained in this resource remain relevant despite some easing of restrictions. In any case, the impacts in terms of mental health, family violence and economic insecurity will continue for some time – and require specific policy and service responses.

A focus on older LGBTI people

In this issue our newsletter we want to draw attention to the ongoing needs of older LGBTI people. The points we made in our paper about increased risk for COVID-19-relevant health issues apply even more strongly to older people. Barriers to accessing health and community services because of actual or anticipated stigma and discrimination are also particularly relevant for older people, especially those needing to access high levels of health care, home care or residential aged care.

Many older LGBTI people continue to hide their identities from families or providers. Many will also continue to practice a higher level of social distancing due to health risks. These potentially make older LGBTI people more at-risk from the ongoing impact of social isolation.

However, older generations of LGBTIQ people also have specific experiences that can contribute to resilience. Many lived through the HIV epidemic and have developed knowledge, resources and coping mechanisms from which we all could learn. They can also be more connected to LGBTIQ community organisations.

We are asking our partners to make a special effort to promote services like those being delivered in Victoria by Thorne Harbour Health and Switchboard. Our own Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care has also been re-funded until 2021 and will play an important role in providing resources and supporting service providers in their ongoing journey towards LGBTIQ inclusion.

Online launch event

Finally, we have a launch coming up of an exciting new resource – Pride in prevention: a guide to primary prevention of violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities. The resource will be launched on July 1 by the Victorian Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Gabrielle Williams, and Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Ro Allen. Register ASAP for this online event as spots are limited!
 
 
  Stay safe and go well,

Marina Carman
Director
Rainbow Health Victoria
 
 
 
 
In this Newsletter
 
Inclusive Practice Matters
 
In this first edition of Inclusive Practice Matters, we are reporting on recent experiences in service delivery to LGBTIQ communities in the context of COVID-19 restrictions. These include lessons learnt in providing services in these new and challenging circumstances.
Access the resource here.
 
 
 
Training
 
Learn about the new online version of our How2 program - Training for Rainbow Tick and sustainable change
 
 
 
Designed around the six national standards that make up the Rainbow Tick, the How2 program is a series of seven, 3-hour online interactive webinar sessions that coach participants through practical steps to embed LGBTIQ+ inclusive practices in their organisation. Through engaging video content, small group work and practical activities participants develop and begin to implement a plan for inclusive practice specific to their organisation. Learn more here about the online HOW2 here.
Launch
 
Pride in prevention: a guide to primary prevention of violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities
 
 
Pride in Prevention summarises the current available evidence on the drivers of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities and provides recommendations for priority interventions to address it. The launch will be opened by Gabrielle Williams, Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, and Ro Allen, the Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality. There will also be a panel discussion including partner organisations and others well-placed to speak to developing a shared vision of ending all forms of family violence. Register now.
 
 
Update
 
Just released: ARCSHS 2019 Annual Report
 
 
 
You can now read the 2019 Annual report a comprehensive record of the Rainbow Health Victoria and all of ARCSHS achievements, activities projects in 2019, including links to all our research publications and media.
Resources
 
LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day: May 28
 
 

Rainbow Health Victoria welcomes this opportunity to raise awareness of the unique experiences of intimate partner and family violence experienced by LGBTIQ people... read more

 
 
Oppertunity
 
Share the news: study a grad cert in Sex, Health & Society
 
 

This new flexible course is designed by our colleagues at ARCSHS for professional to build knowledge around the social, psychological, behavioural and health aspects of sex, sexuality and sexual health, and emphasise the critical and practical skills involved in discovering rigorous solutions to complex problems. Applications are now open for a semester 2, 2020 start. Learn more here.

Events
 
IDAHOBIT Online
 
 
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia on May 17 looked a little different this year due to social distancing. See above some of our colleauges celebraing on a video call. You can read a statement for IDAHOBIT from ARCSHS Director and Rainbow Health Victoria's Director here.
 
 
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