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LBQ women’s health in the spotlight at the Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016

LBQ women’s health in the spotlight at the Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016

CREATED ON // Thursday, 19 May 2016 Author // Rachel Cook

The LBQ Women's Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016 will take place this month. We check out what’s on.

The 'Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health and Wellbeing Conference: connections, creativity, care' presented by the VAC and ACON, is a one day conference designed to address health issues for lesbian, bisexual and queer women.

The Conference will explore best practice and available research in working with LBQ women around mental health, sexual health, alcohol and other drug use, and broader women’s health issues. There will be a range of workshops and presentations from industry experts, health and human service providers, and community members. The event will be MC’d by Green Room Performing Arts award winner and LBQ Women’s advocate, Yana Alana.

The workshops and presentations include:

•    Actioning transgender and gender diverse inclusive policies in Women’s Health Services
•    Resilience building and LBQT women
•    What happens when disability meets sexual and gender diversity?
•    Products For Play - The Role Of The Adult Store In Queer Sex, Health & Community
•    Blood and Cabaret: Innovation, Art and Representation in Sexual Health Promotion
•    ACON: Here For Women
•    Alcohol Reduction Support for LBQ Women Delivered Via SMS Messages
•    What Else Can You Do With Your Fingers? LBQ Women and Smoking
•    Resilience and Older LBQ Women: A Snapshot
•    Examining diverse ways LBQ women negotiate sexuality, gender and ‘carer’ identities
•    Are you LGBTIQ and have a cervix? Queer experiences of cervical screening
•    Intimate Partner Violence: Complex presentations in L-B-T-Q-P relationships
•    Disability is not a personal problem but a sociopolitical question
•    Challenging the mainstream: re-orientating services and creating new ones to meet the needs of LBTIQ women
•    What do sex workers want? From policy, from laws, from you?
•    Biphobia and bi-invisibility – it’s time to address this issue.
•    Beyond Cultural Competency: supporting LGBT women from immigrant and refugee backgrounds.

The Conference Social will take place immediately following the close of the conference, at the Jasper Hotel.

The Social will provide attendees with the perfect opportunity to socialise and network with colleagues and share the learning of the day. Local and national LBQ artists will be invited to exhibit their work in the venue. Light hors d'oeuvres, beverages and other refreshments will be provided.

The event is framed through a sexuality lens, but is inclusive of all gender identities and intersex status and welcomes abstracts covering the intersectionality of these issues. Trans, gender diverse or intersex women are encouraged to attend the conference and to submit any abstracts covering issues that intersect with lesbian, bisexual and queer sexuality.

If you are a LBQ artist and are interested in exhibiting your work at the Social, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health and Wellbeing Conference: connections, creativity, care. May 27, The Jasper Hotel 489 Elizabeth Street Melbourne,

(Image from the LBQ Women's Health and Wellbeing Conference 2015. Photo Cal Hawk.)


Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook has worked in both the queer and mainstream media for over a decade. Before becoming editor of Melbourne Community Voice, she was a producer for ABC radio. Her book, Closets are for Clothes: A History of Queer Australia, is currently in use in high schools across Australia.

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