Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Health and Wellbeing Ministerial Advisory Committee
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (GLBTI) Health and Wellbeing Ministerial Advisory Committee has commenced work, establishing five working groups, which reflect priority health issues identified by the Committee:
- Transgender and Intersex Health and Wellbeing
- Mental Health, and Stigma and Discrimination
- Sexual Health and HIV
- Inclusive Practice: Ageing and Aged Care, and Integrated Responses to Young People
- Drugs, including Alcohol and Tobacco.
The Committee is keen to connect effectively with stakeholders and will publish a regular communiqué that provides a summary of discussion at each of its meetings. The July 2013 communiqué can be accessed below.
At its September 2013 meeting the Committee agreed its work plan for the term of the Committee, which includes a range of activities that will provide a base from which to make recommendations to the Minister for Health and Ageing and the Minister for Mental Health.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (GLBTI) Health and Wellbeing Ministerial Advisory Committee will provide advice to the Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon David Davis MP and the Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Mary Wooldridge MP, incorporating the health, aged care, mental health and drug services portfolios. The Committee will advise on the delivery of government commitments related to the health of GLBTI Victorians and appropriate health service and program responses for the GLBTI community. The Committee’s terms of reference can be viewed below.GLBTI Health and Wellbeing MAC Terms of Reference
The establishment of the Committee recognises that members of the GLBTI community experience significantly higher ill-health burden compared with the general population. This can be attributed to the discrimination and stigma members of the community face in their daily lives, including in interactions with the health system.
Acknowledging the direct link between these adverse health outcomes and discrimination, Minister Davis and Minister Wooldridge publicly supported the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia on 17 May which marks a day to campaign against, and build awareness about, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia worldwide. Minister Davis made a personal statement of support for IDAHO Day in the Victorian Parliament on 7 May. In Victoria, IDAHO Day activities form part of the continuing No To Homophobia campaign that was launched by both Ministers in 2012.
The Committee will run until October 2014 and consist of 22 members. Ministers have appointed the following members to the committee who bring with them a wealth of expertise in the health and wellbeing of GLBTI Victorians:
- Mike Kennedy (Chair)
- Ruth McNair (Deputy Chair)
- Brent Allan
- Rowena Allen
- Brenda Appleton
- Tony Briffa
- Matt Dixon
- Rebecca Dominguez
- Beng Eu
- Michael Ford
- Sim Kennedy
- Hilary Knack
- Liam Leonard
- Sharon Lewin
- Jennifer Majoor
- Robert Mitchell
- Madeleine Paulson
- Doug Pollard
- Jody Saxton-Barney
- Mark Stoové
- Jeremy Wiggins
- Mike Williams
A number of members work in the HIV/ AIDS field and other members are health practitioners, public health experts and academics. There also a number of members from the transgender community as well as young people closely connected with GLBTI youth organisations. Find out more about Committee members' backgrounds and expertise below.GLBTI MAC member profiles and biographies
Senior Policy Adviser GLBTI Health
Policy Coordination and Projects Branch
Victorian Department of Health
Tel: (03) 9096 9023