eNewsletter April 2014

Submitted by Sunil Patel on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 7:34am.

Director's report

Hello and welcome to GLHV’s first newsletter of 2014.

And hello and welcome to Professor Jayne Lucke, newly appointed Director, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) La Trobe University. Jayne has shown a keen interest in all aspects of GLHV’s work and we look forward to collaborating with her and other ARCSHS staff in the ongoing development of LGBTI research, policy and programs.

In 2014, GLHV has begun to deliver sector-specific LGBTI training in youth mental health and aged and community care, while continuing to deliver our generic and targeted modules to a wide range of health and human services. GLHV has partnered with Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) in the development of Safe Schools Coalition Australia modelled on the success of Safe Schools Coalition Victoria. In 2014, GLHV will undertake further research and policy work on the support needs of LGBTI young people who are refugees and newly arrived. In partnership with ARCSHS, we will also be conducting a more detailed analysis of the national data on the health and wellbeing of LGBT Australians, Private Lives 2, with a view to influencing policy and developing new LGBT programs and resources. Beyondblue continues to be a terrific partner in addressing the mental health needs of our diverse LGBTI communities and has kindly provided the funds for this work.

Late in 2013 the Sexual Health and Ageing program, including Val’s Café, was transferred from GLHV to ARCSHS. GLHV will continue to work closely with the Sexual Health and Ageing program in the delivery of LGBTI aged and community care training in Victoria.

On behalf of GLHV, I would like to congratulate Simon Ruth on his appointment as CEO VAC/GMHC, Rebecca Reynolds on her appointment as ED, the National LGBTI Health Alliance, and to Matt Dixon in his position as Community Portfolio Manager, Victoria Police.


LGBTI youth mental health training

In 2014 GLHV will be delivering training to all Victorian headspace offices as part of the HEY Project. The HEY Project is a Victorian Government initiative aimed at preventing suicide and improving the mental health of same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young Victorians. HEY involves a collaboration of seven funded agencies, each of which provides a unique service to SSASGD young people.

Headspace has agreed to become a partner in the HEY Project and to be a point of referral and provider of mental health services to SSASGD young people within the emerging SSASGD youth platform in Victoria. GLHV has already delivered training to 6 headspace offices in Victoria this year, including the regional centres of Geelong, Warrnambool and Ballarat. We will finish training later in August with Morwell our last port of call. We look forward to headspace’s growing involvement in the HEY Project.

Aged and Community Care

Over the next two and a half years GLHV and Transgender Victoria (TGV) will deliver LGBTI professional development training to staff in the aged and community care sectors in Victoria. The training is part of a national initiative managed by the National LGBTI Health Alliance in collaboration with ACON and funded by the Commonwealth Government. The training, called LGBTI Diversity in Aged Care, aims to support the development of LGBTI-inclusive practice in the delivery of aged and community care in Australia.

For more information about the training in Victoria contact Philomena Horsley at GLHV p.horsley@latrobe.edu.au and Sally Goldner at TGV sally@transgendervictoria.com

For information on the delivery of the training in other states and territories contact Vicky Coumbe, ACON at www.acon.org.au/ageing/training/lgbti-aged-care-training or (02) 9206 2121.

Sexual Health and Ageing, ARCSHS will also be delivering an aged care specific version of GLHV’s HOW2 program. The Aged Care How² will be run as part of a larger, Commonwealth-funded LGBTI Aged Care grant (2013-2015), and will consist of five workshops run over 12 months. The How² will focus on how participants can apply the six national standards of LGBTI-inclusive practice (the Rainbow tick) in the delivery of LGBTI-inclusive aged and community care services.

For more information about the Aged Care How² go to www.valscafe.org.au or contact Pauline Crameri on (03) 9479 8740.

GLHV is also continuing to offer its HOW2 program to a diverse range of services in Victoria, including aged and community care. In partnership with TGV, Sexual Health and Ageing ARCSHS, and Positive Living Victoria (who will also be delivering HIV-specific aged care training), GLHV is proud to be part of what will be a remarkable LGBTI-transformation in aged and community care in Victoria.

LGBT young people from refugee and newly arrived backgrounds

In January 2014, GLHV released Nothing for Them: Understanding the support needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people from refugee and newly arrived backgrounds. The report was the outcome of a three-month pilot project, funded through the Australian Community Foundation and managed by Olivia Noto. The project was in response to anecdotal evidence from young people and service providers that services delivered to refugee and newly arrived young people did not consider the needs of LGBT young people or those young people who may be questioning their sexual feelings and/or gender identity. Copies of the report can be downloaded from www.glhv.org.au/report/nothing-them-understanding-support-needs-lgbt-yo…

GLHV is currently planning Stage 2 of the project which will involve implementing the key recommendations of the pilot project as documented in Nothing for Them (2014). The scope of Stage 2 will be expanded to include the needs of LGBT young people seeking asylum.

If you would like more information on the project or would like to be involved in Stage 2 please contact Liam Leonard at W.Leonard@latrobe.edu.au

New Resources

LGBTI Protections Under Law - aims to help with understanding LGBTI legal protections and the rights and responsibilities of teachers and schools under the recent Sex Discrimination Amendment Act 2013 and Kick Start Your Safe School - provides some basic guidelines for ensuring your classroom and school is an inclusive and supportive space for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Available to download as PDFs from www.safeschoolscoalitionvictoria.org.au/resources/


GLHV is 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). The paper was presented to the Victorian Government for consideration and, at Midsumma this year, the Premier, the Hon Denis Napthine, announced that his government would move to introduce legislation to expunge such prior convictions before the end of their current term. A copy of the paper can be downloaded from www.hrlc.org.au/wpcontent/uploads/2014/01/Gay_Sex_Convictions_Paper_Jan…

See A Victory for Dignity Over Shame where the Director of GLHV outlines the significance of the proposed legislative reforms www.newmatilda.com/2014/01/24/victory-dignity-over-shame

Welcome # 2

We’d like to conclude with a warm welcome to our 2 new sessional trainers, Alison Elliot (pic left) and Anne Leonard (pic right) who will be assisting in the delivery of the LGBTI Aged and Community Care and Headspace LGBTI youth mental health care training respectively.

In Alison's other job, she works to bring organisations into partnership around two important issues: health care for those with intellectual disabilities and the prevention of violence against women.

Anne Leonard has a long employment history as a DHS Manager in the Disability sector with expertise in service delivery, planning and review. Currently she is teaching management skills at RMIT TAFE and she is reviewing community and health services for accreditation services for QIP (Quality, Innovation and Performance). QIP are the accreditation body that manages the Rainbow Tick process.

Alison and Anne bring a wealth of policy, research and training expertise and are a terrific addition to GLHV’s growing stable of expert trainers!