GLHV programs

Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Victorians and the quality of care they receive. One of the ways we do this through delivering programs that focus on same-sex attracted and sex and gender diverse youth (SSASGD), sexual health and aging, and LGBTI inclusive practice.

Rainbow Tick

In 2013, GLHV, in collaboration with QIP, formally launched the Rainbow Tick. The Rainbow Tick is a set of six national, LGBTI-inclusive practice standards against which organisations can be accredited. In August 2013 GLHV (La Trobe University) trademarked the Rainbow Tick including a new logo which organisations can use to show that they are Rainbow Tick-accredited and LGBTI inclusive. GLHV has revised The Rainbow Tick Guide to LGBTI Inclusive Practice which outlines the process for gaining a Rainbow Tick. Go to our Inclusive Practice page for more information and to download the guide.

GLHV is currently working with QIP and partner LGBTI organisations in other states and territories to publicise the Rainbow Tick nationally and to assist organisations in preparing for LGBTI-inclusive service accreditation.

HOW2 Program

GLHV's HOW2 Program promotes the development of LGBTI-inclusive health and human services. The Program consists of four workshops run over six months and assists participants implement LGBTI- inclusive practices, protocols and procedures within their organisation.

The HOW2 Program costs $1,100.00 (inc GST) per individual and includes 4 sessions and telephone support over a six month period. Organisations are required to send a minimum of 2 staff to the HOW2 course ($2,200).

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Val's 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.
Val’s works directly with service providers and facilitates a network of individuals and organisations to foster an understanding of the histories and experiences of older LGBTI people, and how these may impact access to services and care. Val’s offers: LGBTI-inclusive age care training; regular e-bulletins; a website that provides research-based information, resources and links for workers, policy makers and LGBTI consumers. Val’s aims to create safe and inclusive services that recognise and value older LGBTI people.
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Rainbow Network

Rainbow Network is the Victoria-wide support service for anyone working with same sex attracted, intersex, trans* and gender diverse young people. We offer our members free training, resources, secondary consultation, professional supervision and a monthly eBulletin. Membership is free, so join today! (Delivered in partnership with the Department of Health funded HEY Project).

HEY Project

The Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) Project is a Victorian Government initiative aimed at preventing suicide and improving the mental health of SSASGD young Victorians. HEY is a consortium of 9 place-based and 6 state-wide partners, each of which provides a unique service to SSASGD young people. The project includes an annual small grants round for innovative projects that address the mental health of this population.

GLHV is a HEY Project partner and HEY provides Rainbow Network funding. The HEY Project is managed by the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic)