April 2015

Submitted by Sunil Patel on Friday, 1 May 2015 - 12:44am.

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(Picture: Launch of A Closer Look at Private Lives 2. L-R: Professor John Dewar, the Vice Chancellor La Trobe University, Professor Jayne Lucke, Director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, the Hon Martin Foley, Minister for Mental Health and Minister for Equality, Liam Leonard Director GLHV, Rebecca Reynolds, ED National LGBTI Health Alliance and Georgie Harman CEO beyondblue.)

Director's Report

This is our first newsletter for 2015. The New Year has seen the launch of A Closer Look at Private Lives 2, the consolidation of Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV), and the ongoing and highly successful roll out of the National LGBTI Aged Care training in Victoria. It has also seen increasing demand for GLHV’s services and expertise from agencies and organisations across a range of sectors, including sport and recreation, government, and academic and LGBTI community organisations.

Welcome and well done

Welcome to David Mejia-Canales, our (not so new) research officer on a project exploring how to meet the support needs of LGBT young people who are newly arrived, refugees or asylum seekers. David is a lawyer and researcher with experience in working on migrant and refugee policy. In previous lives he has worked on the Mind the Gap project looking at the needs of SSATGD young people and volunteered with VAC/GMHC.

Welcome to Melanie Gaylard and Matthew Parsons who are our most recent additions to SSCV.
Mel Gaylard is a Project Officer with Safe Schools Coalition Victoria. Before beginning work with the Safe Schools team this year she taught English and Humanities in government secondary schools for nine years. During that time she advocated for the rights of same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse young people, to feel safe and included at school and was committed to inclusive teacher practice and curriculum development. She also participated in the development of the Fair go, sport! project at her school in collaboration with other staff and students and the Victorian Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Commission. This project aimed to make schools safer and more inclusive for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, primarily through sport.

Their passion for human rights has meant that Mx Matthew Parsons has worked for a number of years in improving access to Sexual Health Education for disadvantaged populations. Previously working as the Senior Health Education Officer at Family Planning NSW and currently working at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University on the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria team, they bring with them a drive for equity and a wide range of experiences in the area.

David, Mel and Matt bring a diverse range of experience and expertise and we are expecting great things as they settle in to GLHV.

Well done to Professor Anne Mitchell AO on her recent and much deserved induction into the 2015 Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

And, finally, a special well done to Lottie Turner who is leaving GLHV to take up a positon as manager diversity projects with Cohealth. Lottie has done a fantastic job in consolidating and growing Rainbow Network. We wish her all the best in her new role and look forward to future collaborations between GLHV and Cohealth.

Launch of A Closer Look at Private Lives 2

On 2 April the Hon Martin Foley, Minister for Mental Health and Minister for Equality, launched A Closer Look at Private Lives 2. The report takes a closer look at the mental health data from the second national survey of the health and wellbeing of LGBT Australians. The project is managed by GLHV and ARCSHS and jointly funded by beyondblue and The Movember Foundation.

The report aims to better understand the determinants of mental health among LGBT Australians including discrimination, drug use, community connectedness and relationships. The report concludes with a comprehensive, evidence-based framework aimed at improving LGBTI Australians’ mental health and wellbeing. Professor John Dewar, the Vice Chancellor La Trobe University, welcomed everyone to the launch and keynote speakers included Georgie Harman CEO beyondblue, Liam Leonard Director GLHV and Rebecca Reynolds, ED National LGBTI Health Alliance. Thank you to our own Professor Jayne Lucke for her inaugural MC role!

The launch and report gained widespread media coverage and copies can be downloaded at www.glhv.org.au/report/closer-look-private-lives-2-report.


Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV)

(Picture – Seb Stewart, the Premier and Roz Ward)
The Premier, the Hon Daniel Andrews and the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, the Hon James Merlino confirmed the Government’s commitment to SSCV at a recent to Patterson Rivers Secondary College on 2 February. The Victorian Government will provide additional funds and resources to ensure SSCV is available to every publicly-funded, Victorian secondary school by 2019.

SSCV has assisted the Victorian Department of Education in the development of new policies on sexual diversity and gender identity diversity. These policies will go live on the Departmental website soon. SSCV has also worked with Chris Bush in developing All of Us, a resource that aims to promote discussion of sexual identity and gender identity diversity in the classroom. All of Us includes lesson plans, the voices and opinions of young people, and information for teachers. The resource is currently under review by the Commonwealth before being taken up nationally by Safe Schools Coalition Australia.

Rainbow Network

RN, in partnership with ZBGC, has produced a guide on the provision of trans and gender diverse inclusive youth services. The resource will soon be available as a pdf on www.rainbownetwork.com.au.

RN is also a partner in the upcoming Supporting trans and gender diverse youth: A health care pathways forum for GPs and health professionals to be held in Geelong 20-21 June. The forum is being led by GASP and is a terrific opportunity for trans and gender diverse young people and those professionals committed to improving their quality of care to meet and share their practice wisdom and knowledge. For more information and to register go to www.eventbrite.com.au/event/16491749266/

Aged care

LGBTI Diversity in Aged Care training

In 2014 GLHV delivered the all-day training package, LGBTI Diversity in Aged Care, to 436 staff from over 100 aged and community care organisations across Victoria. The training is part of a national LGBTI aged care training project managed by the National LGBTI Health Alliance and funded by the Commonwealth.

Due to the overwhelming response to the free 1 day training, we are unable to meet all the requests we receive from organisations. Therefore we are offering an in-house session of our LGBTI Diversity in Aged Care training.

The date is Thursday, June 11, from 9.30 -3.00. It will be held at the La Trobe University’s Collins St campus.
To ensure equitable access we will initially be restricting registrations to a maximum of 4 people from each organisation.
Contact Philomena Horsley to request a Registration Form:
E: p.horsley@latrobe.edu.au
T: 9479 8714

GLHV also presented papers on LGBTI aging at The Aging and Society Conference, Manchester (7 November); The Future of LGBT Ageing: Rethinking Research Directions, University of Manchester (22 October) and the National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference, Melbourne (29 October).

The HOW2 course and The Rainbow Tick

The latest HOW2 course commenced on 28 April with representatives from a broad range of services. The HOW2 consists of four workshops run over six months and aims to assist services implement whole-sale, LGBTI-inclusive organisational reform. Representatives from QuAC are attending the current HOW2. We hope that QuAC will join ACON and enter into a formal partnership with LaTrobe University for the delivery of GLHV’s HOW2 to agencies in Queensland. For more information on the HOW2 program contact Sunil Patel Sunil.Patel@latrobe.edu.au or (03) 9479 8724.

In 2014, Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) signed a licencing agreement with La Trobe University for use of GLHV’s six standards of LGBTI-inclusive practice, the Rainbow Tick. GLHV is currently finalising a Rainbow Tick training package for QIP accreditors and we hope to deliver the first round of training in August 2015. There has been growing interest in Rainbow Accreditation with three more Victorian agencies gaining accreditation early in 2015. QIP will be developing a registry of accredited organisations which will appear on both QIP and GLHV’s websites. For more information on the Rainbow tick go to www.glhv.org.au/glbti-inclusive-practice and www.qip.com.au/standards/rainbow-tick-standards/


Righting historical wrongs

In 2013/14, GLHV was part of a consortium led by the Human Rights Law Centre that produced Righting historical wrongs: Background paper for a legislative scheme to expunge convictions for historical consensual gay sex offences in Victoria (12 January 2014) (www.hrlc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Gay_Sex_Convictions_Paper_Ja…). In November 2014 the Victorian Parliament acted on the paper’s key recommendations passing historic legislation that will enable gay men who have prior convictions for what today would be lawful sexual activity to apply to have those convictions expunged from their records. Sunil Patel represented GLHV at the Bill’s passage.

LGB women’s health conference

On 27 March, VAC, in partnership with RN, the Australian Lesbian Medical Association and beyond blue hosted a Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Conference. Liam Leonard, Director GLHV presented at the morning plenary on the data on lesbian and bisexual women’s health and wellbeing from Private Lives 2. The keynote address was given by A/Professor Ruth McNair who explored the determinants of LGB women’s health and wellbeing and presented some findings from the ALICE study on bisexual and lesbian women’s rates and patterns of alcohol use. A series of workshops and discussions were run in the afternoon exploring a range of issues specific to LBQ women. Over 230 people attended the conference which was a clear sign of the need for greater acknowledgment of and work on LGB women’s health. For a summary of the conference and What next? See www.vac.org.au/sites/default/files/files/VAC%20Newsletter_Autumn%202015…

Pride Cup

The 2015 Pride Cup will be played between Yarra Glen and Warburton, as part of the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football Netball League on IDAHOT day, Sunday 17 May at Yarra Glen Recreational Reserve. The inaugural Pride Cup was held in 2104 and it aims to celebrate and recognise diversity in sport and promote participation of LGBTI people and communities. GLHV is a partner agency in the 2015 Pride Cup and is producing a new poster in its Coming Out football series featuring Jason Ball and his dad, David. SSCV will also be present at the Pride Cup providing information on the Coalition, its importance in rural and regional Victoria and how schools in the area can become members. For more information on the event go to www.pridecup.org.au

Same sex attracted, bisexual, intersex, and trans and gender diverse (SSABITGD) women’s health seeking behaviours

A/Professor Ruth McNair, Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne, is conducting research on SSABITGD women’s health seeking behaviours. The research is funded by beyondblue and the findings will be used to develop health resources for this population of women. For more information on the survey go to r.mcnair@unimelb.edu.au and to participate go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/rainbowwomenhelpseekingstudy