What is GLHV?
GLHV, formerly known as Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria, is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health and wellbeing policy and resource unit. GLHV is funded by the Victorian Government and sits within the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University.
GLHV is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTI Victorians and the quality of care they receive.
What are GLHV’s key areas of work?
The delivery of programs that focus on sexual health and aging, same-sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young people, and LGBTI-inclusive practice
The provision of LGBTI training, support and resources to workers across the health, education and community sectors
The production of LGBTI health promotion resources in partnership with LGBTI and mainstream organisations and management of an online LGBTI health research and information clearing house
Research & Policy
Conducting research and developing policy in partnership with ARCSHS (www.latrobe.edu.au/arcshs) other academic institutions, LGBTI organisations and Government
How is our work organised?
The Director, Liam Leonard, is responsible for providing leadership and overall management of GLHV including its programs, training, resources and research.
GLHV’s key tasks are grouped under three portfolio areas which include a number of programs.
LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care
Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care is a Victorian state-wide program working to improve healthy ageing pathways, care and visibility of older LGBTI people.
Rainbow Network (RN) www.rainbownetwork.com.au is run by Jami Jones. RN provides information, training and support to individuals and organisations that work with same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young people in Victoria.
The Youth portfolio also includes the Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) Project, a Victorian Government initiative, managed by the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic). The Project aims to build an SSASGD youth platform within the mainstream youth sector and improve the quality of mental health and support services provided to this group. The HEY Project includes an annual funding round that provides one-off small grants for SSASGD youth projects. For more information on the HEY Grants visit www.yacvic.org.au
Inclusive practice is managed by Sunil Patel, Manager, Training, Information and Resource Development. It includes:
- Generic and targeted half-day staff development training packages, including Living LGBTI and drug and alcohol and mental health specific modules
- The HOW2 Program promotes the development of LGBTI-inclusive health and human services. The HOW2 Program consists of four workshops run over 6 months and assists participants implement LGBTI-inclusive practices, procedures and protocols within their organisation.
- The Rainbow Tick (www.glhv.org.au/glbti-inclusive-practice) which is overseen by the Director, GLHV and Pam Kennedy, Rainbow Tick Program. It involves services seeking external accreditation against a set of six LGBTI-inclusive standards (www.qip.com.au).
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