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New LGBTIQ counselling program - Queerspace - launched in Melbourne's inner-west
Jul14

New LGBTIQ counselling program - Queerspace - launched in Melbourne's inner-west

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 14 July 2014 14:53 Written by // James Findlay

An increased need for support services for the local LGBTIQ community has lead to Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local (INWMML) and Drummond Street Services (DSS) joining forces to launch a queer-specific mental health counselling program, Queerspace.

“Since June last year we have seen a growing number of clients who identify as LGBTIQ through our service and we are very proud to be ensuring those who need services get them in the right place at the right time,” Julie Borninkhof, general manager of Primary Care Services at INWMML, told MCV.

“For our diverse and often vulnerable clients, it is important to deliver accessible and inclusive services that build trust for the community at need,” she said.

Borninkhof said while there are many progressive GP clinics who target the GLBTIQ community in the region, accessing good mental health services is not that easy.

“INWMML and DSS are passionate about ensuring that children, young people and adults have access to little to no cost services in a centrally located safe setting, where people are free to be who they need to be and are supported by staff who respect their needs.”

Based at Drummond Street Services, the program also has the support of the Victorian Department of Health and Yarra City Council.

For more information on Queerspace, call Drummond Street Services on (03) 9663 6733 or visit them online here: www.ds.org.au/

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James Findlay

James Findlay

James Findlay is a Melbourne-based writer and broadcaster who has worked in community media for many years. He has won awards for his work on The Naughty Rude Show on SYN, and can be heard on JOY 94.9's breakfast program, Triple Threat, and Hide and Seek - exploring sex, sexuality and self. James was also the Marketing and PR Manager for Melbourne's Midsumma Festival for two years, before traveling overseas where he taught English in Germany and worked as a tour guide around Western Europe. He is currently studying his Masters at Melbourne University in Public Health (specialising in Sexual Health).

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