March 2012

Submitted by Sunil Patel on Monday, 12 March 2012 - 12:57am.

GLHV bids farewell to its Director

This is the last newsletter I will be writing in the role of Director of GLHV. After eight years I feel it is time to step aside and let the organisation be shaped by somebody new. I am delighted to be able to hand over the directorship to my colleague Liam Leonard, and I do so with a great deal of confidence given that Liam stood in for me very ably in 2011 when I was ill. There is much I will miss about GLHV, it has been the biggest professional challenge of my life to set it up and see it succeed beyond expectations. I still remember bursting into tears in Bronwyn Pike’s office when she made the funding recurrent after only three years. I have worked with the best staff one could imagine over that time and felt, with them, that we are part of a big wave of change delivering more legitimacy and better health care to GLBTI people.

I want to thank all the people who have worked with and contributed to GLHV over the years, particularly my our current staff, Liam Leonard, Sunil Patel, Catherine Barrett, Roz Ward and, more recently, Micah Scott and Lottie Turner. I also want to thank Professor Marian Pitts and the staff at ARCSHS which has been a wonderfully nurturing home for us. Finally a big thanks to our patron Anton Enus who has hung in with us and given us wonderful support for the whole journey so far, and to all of you who read our newsletters, visit our website and distribute our resources. Community support which was so clearly promised at our launch eight years ago has always been there and always been a critical part of our success. Well done all of you and thanks for the fun ride!

Private Lives 2 report launch

Private Lives 2 The second national survey of the health and wellbeing of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) Australians will be launched by the Victorian Minister for Mental Health the Hon Mary Wooldridge on Tuesday April 3 2012 9.30am – 11.00am, at 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne. RSVP Nancy Yin 03 9285 5382 email by 23 March 2012.
You can hear Liam Leonard talk about the research on YouTube:

Rainbow Tick pilot

Congratulations to Melbourne Citymission Palliative Care, Mitchell Community Health Service, City of Stonnington Aged Services for being chosen to pilot the Rainbow Tick. When these services have completed their accreditation, there will be a launch to finalise the Rainbow Tick program.

How2 create a GLBTI inclusive service

GLHV are pleased to announce the How2 program for 2012 -2013. The program involves a series of workshops to coach participants through the practical steps involved in enhancing GLBTI inclusive practice in their organisation. It includes 4 workshops, a seminar (if you book before April 30th 2012) and phone consultations over a 12-month period to support participants to plan, implement and evaluate changes in their service. Places are limited to enable support to be offered to participants. Please contact Catherine Barrett for an expression of interest form.

Val's Café presents: Sexuality, ageing and diversity - workshops for community aged care

This workshop is being provided by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria in partnership with the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria. The aim of the workshop is to provide HACC (and other community aged care services) with the information and resources to develop a diversity/quality plan that is inclusive of older GLBTI clients. For a booking form please contact Nancy Yin

Royal Women's Hospital asks lesbians for help

The Royal Women's Hospital has plans to produce a comprehensive health book for women. As part of the planning for this, they are inviting lesbians to attend a consultation about how women find information, their preferred format for information, how they assess the reliability of the information provided, and what information they would like to see in such a book. The consultation is on Monday March 26, 6 – 7.30 in Women's Conference Centre Room C, Ground Floor of the Women's Hospital.


New WayOut Coordinator

Erin Ashmore has recently taken up the role of coordinator of WayOut, Rural Victorian Youth & Sexual Diversity Project a partnership between Cobaw Community Health Service and GLHV. Erin previously worked in housing and homelessness, with a focus on service delivery to young people aged 16 to 25 years, and more recently with the Salvation Army Crisis Services at St Kilda. "I am excited about the opportunity I have with the WayOut program and I’m looking forward to working with you all, and building on the great work that’s been done already in WayOut" Erin.

Micah Scott

Micah has recently joined GLHV to work on webWise Cybersafety Project. We'll bring you more information about Micah and his new role in the next edition of the GLHV eNewsletter.

Carolyn White

Carolyn (Caz) will be working at GLHV on a number of our youth related projects including Rainbow Network and Safe Schools Coalition Victoria

Lottie Turner

(There'll be a photo of Lottie in the next eNewsletter).
New Rainbow Network Coordinator. ‘After last year completing a Bachelor of Social Work through the University of Tasmania, I was ecstatic to be offered the role of Rainbow Network Coordinator. Being a member myself for the past few years, the Network has offered great guidance and support for my own research in looking at the mental health and wellbeing of young SSAGQ people from a framework of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). I am very much looking forward to continuing my ABCD journey with GLHV and the Rainbow Network. I look forward to meeting and working with you all.’

Farewell to Scott Davis

Many of you will know Scott Davis in his role as manager of the Gay and Lesbian Advisory Unit and previously as a Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer (GLLO) with Victoria Police. Scott is stepping down from this role as the Unit has ceased to exist. He will be transferring to the Police Academy. The work of the advisory unit will be moved to a new Community Engagement Program.
Scott has done terrific work for the Victorian GLBT community in his work as manager of the GLAU. He has been instrumental in developing positive links between Victoria Police and the GLBT community. He has also been a great ally and friend to many of us in the GLBT sector. We wish him all the best in his new role.