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 HEY project grants 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.
Minus 18, an online platform for LGBTIQ+ youth will be relaunched in October 2017 with a resource hub for schools and service providers.
To find out how to access LGBTIQ+ services or for more information visit the Better Health Channel