Because any person using a health or community service in Victoria may be same-sex attracted, trans, gender diverse or have an intersex variation, it is important for all services to consider how they can become more inclusive of people who are LGBTIQ+.
Services should aim to become more responsive to issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex variations, and to understand the specific health and wellbeing needs of subgroups within the LGBTIQ+ population.
Additional funding allocated for LGBTIQ+ services
The Victorian Government is allocating an additional $500,000 in new funding to support LGBTIQ+ Victorians following a significant increase in the number of people seeking help following the announcement of the same sex marriage postal survey in August 2017.
The funding will be used to increase mental health counselling, resources and peer support activities. The services will be delivered through a range of organisations including community health centres, Switchboard, Joy FM and rainbow family groups.
In addition, $50,000 will be provided to the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACViC) to support Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) program partners and local providers to provide increased peer support activities across the state for young people.
The next round of totalling $100,000 opened on 20 September 2017. Delivered by YACVic, the grants fund mental health promotion and community engagement activities for same sex attracted, sex and gender diverse young people in Victoria aged between 14 and 25 years.
Understanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex health
The Department of Health & Human Services offers services and resources to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for LGBTI Victorians.
Health Complaints Commissioner inquiry into conversion practices
Information on the Health Complaints Commissioner's inquiry into gay conversion practices.
LGBTIQ+ Taskforce and Health and Human Services Working Group
The LGBTIQ+ Taskforce has been established to ensure a whole-of-government response to LGBTI issues.
Health of people with intersex variations
Intersex people are born with both female and male biological attributes. Intersex variations are natural biological variations and occur in up to 1.7 per cent of births. Health services should understand what intersex is.
Trans and gender diverse health and wellbeing
Information on the work being done to increase the health system's capacity to support and better meet the needs of trans and gender diverse Victorians.
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Reviewed 02 August 2021