eNewsletter July 2013 - Training edition

Submitted by Sunil Patel on Friday, 12 July 2013 - 2:36am.

Director's report


Hello and welcome to the July e-newsletter which focuses on how GLHV is meeting the growing demand for LGBTI training across the health, community and education sectors.

Some new old faces

Welcome too, to Mandy Hudson (picture on the left) and Felicity Marlowe (picture on the right) who will be working as casual trainers to help us meet this demand. Both are familiar faces: Mandy has worked with ARCSHS and GLHV on the development of sexual health resources and training for secondary school students while Felicity was the first co-ordinator of Rainbow Network Victoria. We’re very lucky to have such skilled trainers as part of the team.

Increasing demand

Over the past two years there has been an explosion of interest in GLHV’s training packages. In part, this reflects increasing pressure on health and human services to demonstrate that they are LGBTI-inclusive. This was flagged in the Victorian Government’s 2009 publication Well proud: A guide to GLBTI inclusive practice for health and human services and is reflected, most forcefully, in the recent inclusion of LGBTI people as a special needs group in amendments to the Commonwealth Aged Care Act (2012). This growing interest also reflects the high quality and range of training packages offered by GLHV.

An integrated training model

GLHV has developed a modular training program which offers individual workers and organisations a range of integrated training options. These include;

  • A half-day generic module (Living LGBTI) which looks at LGBTI people’s everyday lives and the pressures they face as members of sexual and gender identity minorities
  • Half-day targeted modules that explore areas of particular health concern for the LGBTI community, including modules on drug and alcohol use and mental health.

We are hoping to expand the range of targeted training to include half-day modules looking at particular sub populations within the LGBTI community including modules on older LGBTI people, same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young people and LGBTI from culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse backgrounds.

GLHV also offers a HOW2 course that promotes organisational and cultural reform. The course consists of four workshops run over 6 months and assists participants implement LGBTI-inclusive practices, procedures and protocols within their organisation. For more information on GLHV’s training packages go to www.glhv.org.au/training

Training in partnership

GLHV is working with a number of Victorian and interstate agencies to assist in the delivery of training. These include partnerships with:

  • ACON in NSW to train staff to deliver LGBT training and workshops for mental health service providers in NSW as part of ACON’s Peace of Mind project
  • Headspace in Victoria to provide training to all Victorian Headspace offices on the delivery of LGBTI-inclusive mental health services, focusing on the needs of same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young people (as part of the HEY Project); and
  • The Peter MacCallum Caner Centre to assist them develop resources and training to raise LGBTI awareness and improve patient outcomes, including a series of case study video vignettes.

Other news

We are currently running a HOW2 program in Geelong with 9 organisations. It’s a wonderful opportunity to work with a whole region in a sustained way.
The next HOW2 program will begin in February 2014. If you would like more information and an expression of interest form please email info@glhv.org.au

Webwise launch, My Year 7 Self

GLHV in partnership with Minus18 launched My Year7 self as part of Webwise, the cybersafety project funded by Department of Human Services Victoria. My year7 self consists of a short film and online video of seven young people’s stories of having LGBT friends and family and a project website. The campaign provides a great resource to empower all young people to challenge homophobia and transphobia in their on line and off-line communities and to celebrate being LGBTI as part of the diversity that makes up our community as whole. Check out the film and the stories at the project website: http://www.year7self.org.au

SSCV Joins Global Network at Comparative Education World Congress in Argentina

Roz Ward represented Safe Schools Coalition Victoria as one of 24 institutions from around the world who gathered at the XV Comparative Education World Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina in June. GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) brought together the leaders in the field of researching and/or work to address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in primary and secondary education. The week of activities began with GLSEN and UNESCO convening an inaugural meeting of the Global Network Combating Homophobic and Transphobic Prejudice and Violence in Schools. Following that, members of the group (including Roz!) presented panel discussions at the conference – the first panels dedicated to LGBT issues ever presented at the world congress. http://www.sscv.org.au

"Beyond a rainbow sticker" 2012-2013 Report Launch

GLHV warmly invite you to the launch of the report on the How² 2012-2013 program. You will hear from the program facilitators Catherine Barrett and Lottie Turner about 'what it takes' to create a LGBTI inclusive service, as well as some of the program participants who contributed a record of their How² journey to the final report.
Date: Tuesday 23rd July
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Venue: La Trobe University, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne
RSVP to Lottie Turner (l.turner@latrobe.edu.au) by 5pm, 18th of July.


Our website is accessed by over 100 unique visitors daily and the most popular question asked is still "How do I find a gay and lesbian friendly doctor or counsellor?" We hope that with the roll out of the Rainbow Tick, we will be able to provide a more confident answer to this question.

The Private Lives 2 Report, published in April 2012, has been downloaded a staggering 2,087 times from our website! It continues to be our most downloaded report. Have a look at http://www.glhv.org.au/report/private-lives-2-report