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January 20, 2017

A TEN POINT GUIDE TO NOT OFFENDING TRANSGENDER PEOPLE

The ABC published an article last year which we think is worth revisiting.  "A 10-point guide to not offending transgender people" provides some tips for being respectful to transgender people.  The article includes an inclusive definition, advice on using correct pronouns, and corrects some unhelpful assumptions of transgender or gender diverse people.

Go to "A 10-point guide to not offending transgender people"

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April 8, 2016

QUEER, YOUNG AND HOMELESS

ABC's Radio National recently broadcast a documentary titled "Queer, Young and Homeless". The story is involves interviews with young LGBTI people in Brisbane and Sydney about their experiences of homelessness, many of which were related to family rejection. The story includes interviews with Brisbane Youth Service manager Annemaree Callander and Red Cross Night Cafe manager Bob Cunningham.

Go to "Queer, Young and Homeless"

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March 10, 2016

TOUCHBASE

TouchBase is a national website providing information on alcohol and drug use as well as mental health and sexual health for LGBTI communities. TouchBase is an initiative of the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) and the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF), in partnership with the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), developed to address high rates of alcohol and drug use in these communities through a targeted and destigmatising approach and is a comprehensive resource assisting LGBTI people to better manage their own health and wellbeing.

For more information click here

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August 14, 2015

IMPROVING SERVICES FOR LGBTI PEOPLE

The Queensland AIDS Council has published a good practice guide "Many Shades of Blue: Enhancing service delivery to address the mental health needs of LGBTI populations".  The guide provides an overview of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people who access mental health services.  It includes strategies for services to improve the attractiveness to LGBTI people as well as strategies to support disclosure by LGBTI people.  The guide also has a comprehensive list of resources to support service delivery for LGBTI people.

Download "Many Shades of Blue: Enhancing service delivery to address the mental health needs of LGBTI populations". (888KB PDF)

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August 7, 2015

SUPPORT FOR LGBTI PEOPLE

QLife is a national counselling and referral service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, offering telephone and web-based support for LGBTI people as well as the services who support them. QLife is made up of various state based LGBTI support services that have been operating in some cases for up to 40 years. QLife brings together the resources and expertise of these services under one banner.  They offer telephone counselling 7 days a week between the hours of 5.30pm and 10.30pm, while web-based information and referral will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.  QLife is looking to connect with agencies that could offer support to LGBTI people, in order to improve their referral service.

More details are available on the QLife website.

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October 10, 2014

ALCOHOL AND LESBIAN WOMEN: INSIGHTS INTO CULTURE AND EMOTIONS

The University of Melbourne has published a research report titled "The ALICE Study: Alcohol and Lesbian / Bisexual Women: Insights into culture and emotions".  This research report aimed to explore the relationship between hazardous drinking, depression and anxiety in same-sex attracted women and to consider the factors that influence help-seeking.  The study involved a web-based survey, followed up with in-depth interviews with some of the participants.  The study found that 40.2% of the survey sample had experienced problematic alcohol use in the past twelve months.  The study also found high rates of lifetime depression (56.2%) and anxiety (46%), as well as suicidal thoughts (58.6%), self-harm (50.3%) and suicide attempts (23.7%).

Download "The ALICE Study: Alcohol and Lesbian / Bisexual Women: Insights into culture and emotions".

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October 3, 2014

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF GENDER DIVERSE AND TRANSGENDER YOUNG PEOPLE

A new report has been published by La Trobe University and the University of New England titled "From blues to rainbows: The mental health and wellbeing of gender diverse and transgender young people in Australia."  The report is the first national research report looking at the mental health of gender diverse and transgender young people.  The report surveyed 189 young people and found that half were diagnosed with depression, two thirds had experienced verbal abuse, one in five of the young people had experienced physical abuse and 90% had thought about suicide in response to their experience of physical abuse.  The report found that those gender diverse and transgender young people who were supported by their parents, teachers and peers had half the rate of depression when compared with those young people who did not have this support.

For more information and to read the full report go to La Trobe University's website

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September 12, 2014

WORKING WITH DIVERSITY IN ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG SETTINGS

The NSW peak body for the non-government alcohol and other drug sector (NADA) has published a resource titled "Working with diversity in alcohol and other drug settings."  The resource contains examples of best practice approaches as well as useful resources for service providers.  The resource covers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people and older people.

Download "Working with diversity in alcohol and other drug settings" (1.1MB PDF)

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June 13, 2014

OUT OF YOUR MIND: IMPROVING AOD TREATMENT FOR LGBT PEOPLE

A new report has been published by UK-based organisation London Friend titled "Out of your mind: Improving provision of drug and alcohol treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people."  The report involved surveys with LGBT clients of AOD services in the UK, and aims to encourage services to consider ways of improving their services to LGBT communities.  While some parts of the report are only relevant to UK based services, the report includes a range of information useful for services everywhere.  This includes guidance on establishing a local needs assessment and audit tools to assist agencies to measure their performance in providing effective services to LGBT people.

Go to "Out of your mind: Improving provision of drug and alcohol treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people."

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January 30, 2014

STANDING STRONG: SEMINARS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND LGBTI COMMUNITIES

The Queensland Association for Healthy Communities have annoucned a series of seminars throughout Queensland to support workers and community members to better understand mental health issues effecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.  The seminars are happening in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Gladstone, Maryborough, Mt Isa and Longreach from February through to May.  The workshops for professionals cost $50, while seminars for community members cost $10.  For more information or to register your interest, go to the QAHC website.

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