September 2012

Submitted by Sunil Patel on Friday, 14 September 2012 - 4:09am.

Director's report

A lot’s been happing since GLHV’s last Newsletter in March 2012. Recent public comments by the likes of Wallace, Jensen, Bernadi and Co. are a reminder that many representatives of key institutions continue to hold profoundly homo, bi and transphobic views, views that have a major negative impact on GLBTI people’s health and wellbeing. GLHV wants to thank Crusader Hillis, Anna Brown and all those involved in ‘No to homophobia’ ( and to the team at beyondblue and Movember for their recent antihomophobia campaigns ( These public campaigns are so important in promoting a world that is safe and supportive of GLBTI people and challenging and naming homo, bi and trans prejudice and discrimination no matter how individuals seek to justify such prejudice.

The demand for GLHV training continues to grow. GLHV recently provided training to headspace staff in Darwin and delivered training to ACON in NSW as part of its Peace of Mind Project. At the same time we are experiencing increasing demand for mental health, youth, and sexuality and aging training across the health and human services and educational institutions in Victoria.

GLHV has developed a set of GLBTI-inclusive practice standards in partnership with Quality Improvement and Community Services Accreditation (QICSA). QICSA has just completed a trial of the standards with four Victorian agencies and the results will be released soon. We hope that by early to mid-2013, health and community services across Australia will be able to get a Rainbow tick by demonstrating that all their practices are GLBTI-inclusive. Watch this space!

GLHV is also working in partnership with JOY 94.9FM radio to produce a GLBTI community calendar for 2013 (you can see a sneak peek of one of the images in the thumbnail, right). We hope that the calendar will not only profile the faces of the staff and volunteers behind the voice of JOY 94.9FM, but also be a celebration of the joy that runs through and draws together Victoria’s fabulous GLBTI community.

Liam Leonard, Director GLHV

'Beyond: we treat everyone the same' report launched

This report describes the the pilot 'How 2' program ran by GLHV in 2010/11. The program's aim was to assist health and human services organisations develop practices and protocols that are inclusive of GLBTI clients. It outlines key components and the barriers and enablers to the development of GLBTI-inclusive practice and presents seven case studies written by program participants themselves.
Download the report at


Val's Cafe

The next Val’s Café get together for aged care service providers is on Tuesday 16th October from 1-3pm at La Trobe City Campus, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne. The topic will be: Older GLBTI people – stories and supports. The Café will celebrate the lives of older GLBTI people for senior’s week. RSVP

Read the latest Val's Cafe Newsletter

Research and training grants

We are pleased to announce two research and training grants relating to the needs of older GLBTI people. The first is a grant from beyondblue to research the experiences of older GLBTI people in relation to discrimination, depression and anxiety. The second is a collaboration with the Municipal Association of Victoria, funded by the Department of Health, to document the needs of GLBTI people receiving HACC services and provide training for HACC assessors on GLBTI inclusive HACC services.


Safe Schools Coalition Victoria

Fair go, sport! Launched at Reservoir High

Students and staff at Reservoir High were joined by staff from the Victorian Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) and SSCV on August 28th to officially launch the Fair go, sport! project at their school. The initiative aims to promote a safe and inclusive environment for all students – regardless of their sexuality or gender identity – both on and off the sporting field in Victorian schools, starting with Reservoir High.
Read more at…

Vacancy - Project Officer, Safe Schools Coalition Victoria

Join an expanding & successful project team. Fixed term, part time (80%) contract for 22 + months. $55,604 - $75,461 p.a plus up to 17% superannuation. Located at La Trobe City Campus. To find out more go to

National Safe Schools Symposium

Safe Schools Coalition Victoria in partnership with Foundation for Young Australians is hosting a national conference to highlight the antihomophobia and sexual and gender identity diversity work being done in schools. The conference provides a unique opportunity for an exchange of ideas, information and resources across state and territory boundaries. Find out more at

Rainbow Network Victoria

As promised last eNewsletter here is a photo of Lottie Turner, the Rainbow Network Coordinator. Rainbow Network Victoria is a statewide support network for anyone working with SSASGD young people. Lottie also co-facilitates the HOW2 program with Catherine Barrett. To find out more about Rainbow Network Victoria visit

webWise Cyber Safety Project

12 young people have now signed up to be trained as Peer Educators for the webWise Cyber Safety Project. Over the next 6 months the Peer Educators will go through online safety training, where they’ll develop their own solutions to cyberbullying and homophobia experienced online. Taking charge of the project, they’ll go on to train up other young people in cyber safety and homophobia online.


Team GLHV has been recently joined by Philomena Horsley, a medical anthropologist with a broad interest in women’s health; sexuality and sexual health including HIV/AIDS; biomedical practice; social inequalities related to disability; and gender-based violence. She has previously worked at ARCSHS in the Community Liaison & Education Unit and most recently as a course coordinator in gender and health issues at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD was an ethnographic study of the disappearing hospital autopsy. Philomena will be working with us to deliver our training and undertake a review of our training packages.