GLHV eNewsletter May 2013

Submitted by Sunil Patel on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 - 4:18am.

Director's report

It’s been too long since GLHV’s last e-newsletter! My sincere apologies for the wait.
At the end of 2012 GLHV embarked on a stocktake, consolidating its work under three portfolio areas: youth, sexual health and aging, and LGBTI-inclusive practice. Work in each of these areas has continued to grow in 2013, including increasing demand for GLHV training, new alliances with LGBTI community organisations in Victoria and nationally, and new areas of research in partnership with the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), government and other agencies. In April this year GLHV released its first promotional flyer, a three-page fold out that details the programs included under each of these portfolios GLHV brochure. You can read more about GLHV’s new structure and current activities in the ARCSHS’s 2012 annual report.

Health in difference 2013 – Our bodies, our minds

From the 18 to 20 March this year Melbourne was host to Health in difference 2013, the 8th national LGBTI health and wellbeing conference. I’d like to thank all those involved in organising the conference, in particular the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s Warren Talbot, Andrew Little, Warren Summers and Barry Taylor, and Amanda Burg and Sarah Greig from the Australian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) who provided Secretariat support. The conference enabled all of us who are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTI Australians to meet, share ideas, information and resources, and be inspired by the remarkable work that is being done across the country.

GLHV hosted one of the conference’s six streams, ‘Doing LGBTI Health Differently’. The stream provided an opportunity to reflect on and question how we as service providers, academics, policy makers and LGBTI advocates do LGBTI health policy. The stream profiled policies, programs and resources that are challenging dominant and accepted ways of doing LGBTI health, and that are, in many ways, already doing LGBTI health differently. Thank you to GLHV and ARCSHS staff who presented papers, chaired sessions and provided a wrap of the stream at the conference closing. GLHV also delivered plenaries, workshop and papers in the Ageing and Aged Care and Families and Young Peoples’ streams. I’m very proud of GLHV’s contribution to the conference and its overall success. The National Alliance will be making available audio recordings of plenary presentations, including GLHV’s, so watch that space

The Rainbow Tick

Over the past three years GLHV in collaboration with Quality Improvement Community Standards Accreditation (QICSA, now Quality Innovation Performance, QIP) has been developing a national set of six standards against which health and human agencies can be externally accredited to demonstrate that they are LGBTI-inclusive. To gain Rainbow tick accreditation an organisation must address each of the six standards. This involves whole sale system reforms and a demonstration that all aspects of a service, from community consultation and professional practice to client intake and data collection, are LGBTI inclusive.
The Rainbow Tick was launched on 19 April at Health in difference 2013. It is hoped that as more and more services apply for and receive the Rainbow Tick, we can build a national registry of LGBTI-accredited services. More information on the Rainbow Tick can be found on GLHV’s website ( If your organisation is considering applying for Rainbow Tick accreditation or you want more information on the processes involved contact QIP’s Victorian office on 03 9459 7740 or visit

National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy launched

On 20th December GLHV/ARCSHS hosted the launch of the National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon Mark Butler MP. Dr Catherine Barrett from GLHV jointly chaired the Steering Committee that oversaw the development of the Strategy. It will inform the way Government responds to the needs of older LGBTI people and better support the aged care sector to deliver care that is sensitive and appropriate.
Click to view the report

Safe Schools Coalition Victoria celebrates IDAHOT Day!

This year Safe Schools Coalition Victoria, Minus18 and VicSRC joined forces to help schools across Victoria celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT Day) with maximum impact. This joint campaign brought together schools from across Victoria to ask students and staff to make a pledge: “I will never stay silent about homophobia and transphobia, I will always take a stand against bullying, I AM part of the solution. This is my pledge”. Schools also ran their own events which included lunch time activities, rainbow cake sales, badge making, live music and more! To get more info on the pledge go to and for more on the work of Safe Schools Coalition Victoria go to

Queering La Trobe University’s Big Fat Ideas Series

La Trobe University runs a series of talks called Big FAT Ideas─Focused, Ambitious and Transformative ideas─ where academics are asked to challenge people to think differently about an issue of local, national or global significance. As part of Pride week this year the University ran the sixth series on Big FAT Queer Ideas. Three of the five presentations were delivered by GLHV staff. Go to to see Roz Ward speaking on ‘Homework is so gay’: How do we challenge homophobia in schools?, Catherine Barrett on Sexuality, diversity and ageing and Liam Leonard on No longer an optional extra: Doing LGBTI policy differently.

Launch of the third in GLHV’s series of How² reports

You are invited to the launch of Beyond a rainbow sticker: A report on How² create a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) inclusive service 2012-2013. Come and celebrate the remarkable achievements of the participants in the third How² course, and hear from Catherine Barrett and Lottie Turner about 'what it takes' to create a GLBTI-inclusive service.

Date: Thursday 30th of May
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Venue: La Trobe University, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne

RSVP to Light refreshments will be provided.

Val’s café launch

On 14 May GLHV launched the new Val’s Café web site managed by Caz Whyte. The web site provides information, resources, updates of events, and networking opportunities for all those individuals and organisations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of older LGBTI people and the quality of services they receive.
Val’s Café patron, Noel Tovey, launched the website. The launch was attended by representatives from the aged care and LGBTI community sectors, the Victorian Government and GALFA (Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia) who provided a grant to assist in the web site’s development.
Visit the Val’s café at for pictures from the launch and the latest news.

Welcome to Joel

Joel joined the GLHV team as Project Officer for Safe Schools Coalition Victoria in November last year. Before coming on board he worked for 4 years as a Secondary ESL and Literacy teacher in two vastly different contexts: a remote indigenous school in the western desert of Central Australia, and a small vocational college in the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne. He is passionate about social justice in education and has significant experience delivering education, training, resources and support within diverse cross-cultural contexts. He also has a strong commitment to supporting sexual and gender diversity in schools and thoroughly enjoys his work with students and teachers to help them to become empowered and active agents in this process.
Joel is working closely with SSCV co-founder Roz Ward to help increase the capacity of the project, mainly focussing on workforce development through the provision of professional development, consultation and resources directly to schools. He is also working with relevant DEECD staff to ensure that the expansion of SSCV is informed by and draws on DEECD policies and programs.