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List of LGBTI peak bodies, LGBTI services and Groups

 

Department of Health list of LGBTI specialsed services

https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/populations/lgbti-health/rainbow-equality/specialised-services

 

Peak Bodies


GLHV

http://www.glhv.org.au/

GLHV is a LGBTI health and wellbeing policy and resource unit that sits within the Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University. It delivers programs that focus on sexual health and aging, same sex attracted and gender diverse (SSAGD) young people and LGBTI inclusive practice.  They provide training, resources and research and policy information.

 

National LGBTI Health Alliance

www.lgbtihealth.org.au

Based in NSW, but has a range of great resources that can be accessed on line.

 

Transgender Victoria

http://www.transgendervictoria.com/

Works with and for the trans and gender diverse community as well as its allies to create a positive change in areas that impact the human rights of TGD people.  They provide Advice, Partnership, Education, Awareness, Referral and Discrimination advice to assist TGD people to tackle issues. The have resources including a list of useful resources including peak bodies, a range of service providers.

 

Zoe Belle Gender Collective 

www.zbgc.com.au

A collective that promotes the health and wellbeing of trans and gender diverse people.  It is an online, not for profit group that provides support, training and resources for the trans and gender diverse community.  They run the ZBGC Youth Project funded through the HEY project and work with LGBTI and mainstream health and human services to improve support and access to services for young trans and gender diverse Victorians.

 

Organisation Intersex International (OII) Australia

https://oii.org.au/

Is an independent support, education and policy development organization by and for people with intersex variations or traits.  Their work focuses on human rights, bodily autonomy, self determination and on evidence based, patient directed care.

 

Victorian Aids Council

http://vac.org.au/

https://equinox.org.au/

VAC leads the fight against HIV/AIDS by providing care and support for people with HIV, health promotion and advocacy.  VAC aims to improve the health outcomes for gender and sexually diverse communities.  It is broadening the range of services available for LGBTI people.  Services include the Gay Men’s Health Service, Centre Clinic for LGBTI health, Mental Health Services and the Equinox Gender Diverse Health Services offering GP and counselling services to trans and gender diverse community. These services are listed below

 

Rainbow Families Victoria

http://www.rainbowfamilies.org.au/

Rainbow Families Victoria is a volunteer community organisation based in Victoria, Australia. RFV supports and promotes equality for ‘rainbow’ families (parents, carers and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, gender diverse or intersex) including our children.

 

AGED CARE

 

Val's Cafe – great resource for aged care

http://valslgbti.org.au/

Provide education and support to support LGBTI inclusive practice in services for older people.  Develop resources in close consultation with the LGBTI community and run events.  Provide free newsletter to subscribers.

 

Out & About (swithcboard)

Is a free service for older people who identify as LGBTI runs by Switchboard and Qlife.  As part of the National Visitors Scheme, peer volunteers visit people on Home Care Packages or living in government funded residential aged care facilities. Phone 1800184527, or the Out and About Coordinator on 03 96632474 or 0446218921

http://www.switchboard.org.au/

Carers AUSTRALIA victoria

Will find support and services to assist LGBTI carers in their caring role.

Carer Advisory Line 1800242636, www.carersvictoria.org.au/how-we-help/LGBTI-carers

 

Counselling/support

 

Queerspace (Drummond Street)

https://ds.org.au/our-services/queerspace/

queerspace provides a safe and supportive space to obtain information and support services aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing by specialist queer and queer affirmative mental health practitioners. We have a whole of family and community-based approach. So you might contact us as a parent of a young queer person, or a couple looking for support, as a single parent, or as someone questioning their own sexuality. You might see us for personal counselling, parenting classes, seminars, or to join a facilitated group. Sites across Melbourne including Carlton, Epping and

 

QLife

https://qlife.org.au/

Qlife provides a telephone counselling service from 3pm-midnight every day on 1800184524 and online chat sessions – link is on their website.  They also produce a range of resources to support people working with LGBTI communities.

 

Switchboard

Is a Victorian Partner with QLife, providing telephone counselling and chat online sessions for LGBTI people, as well as friends, family and supporters.   It is community based, not for profit service provided by peer volunteers.     Phone 1800184527

http://www.switchboard.org.au/

 

Youth


Rainbow Network – great resource for youth services

http://www.rainbownetwork.com.au/

Provide a range support for people working with same sex attracted intersex, trans and gender diverse (SSAIGD) young people.  Produce a newsletter, arrange professional development, provide supervision and secondary consultation.

 

Also provides list of current groups for SSAIGD and also have a range of resources.

 

Minus18

https://minus18.org.au/

Is a youth led organisation that provides support and peer led mentoring to LGBTI young leaders.  It provides social events, online support and is involved in a range of campaigns.

 

YGENDER

https://www.ygender.org.au/about-us

Is a peer led support and advocacy group for trans and gender divers young people.  They run social events and discussions groups, provide advocacy and support.  Drummond St Services provide a space for events and meetings.

 

Genderqueer

http://www.genderqueer.org.au/

Is a web based source of information for gender questioning and gender queer people.

  

Multi-cultural Organisations

 

Australian LGBTIQ Multicultural Council

http://www.agmc.org.au/

Is a peak body for individuals/groups from GLBTIQ multicultural backgrounds.  It refers individuals and organisations to relevant groups, is a point of contact, conducts/supports research activities and provides assistance for support and social activities undertaken by multicultural groups. It has a list of contact details for a range of groups and provide training/resources.

 

Multicultural centre for women’s health

http://www.mcwh.com.au/

A national community based organization led by and for women from immigrant and refugee backgrounds, committed to advancing the health and well-being of immigrant and refugee women through leadership, education and advocacy.

 

Jewish Community Council of Victoria

http://www.jccv.org.au/GLBTI-service-directory.html

JCCV is the peak body of the largest Jewish community in Australia, and provide a resource list of groups and services for LGBTI people on their website.

 

Muslims for progressive values

http://www.mpv-australia.org/

Are committed to support LGBT Muslim community.  They are working to build networks for LGBT Muslim community members by bringing them together in intimate and private conversational settings.  Supporting LGBT rights in wider community and encouraging Muslims to address the high levels of homophobia within the community.

 

 Other

 

VARTA (Victorian Assisted Reproduction Authority)

https://www.varta.org.au/

The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) is a statutory authority funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. VARTA provides independent information and support for individuals, couples and health professionals on fertility and issues related to assisted reproductive treatment. This includes IVF, surrogacy and donor-conception.

 

VARTA can help you through the process of finding out more about others you are connected with via donor conception.  They provide donor-linking counselling, intermediary, and support services to:

 

Local Groups in the City of Hume

 

Glitter group

Supported by the City of Hume Youth Services, this is a safe place for same sex attracted, sex and gender diverse identifying questioning young people and their supporters.  It provides opportunities.to catch up, learn new skills, organize guest speakers and go on outings. 

https://www.hume.vic.gov.au/Services_For_You/Youth/Youth_Events/Glitter_Crew

 

Rainbow Playgroups

http://www.nourishbaby.com.au/rainbow-family-groups-and-resources/

3064 Rainbow Families Playgroup meet weekly during school term - Contact rainbowfamilies3064@yahoo.com.au