2021 LGBTIQ Women’s Health Online Conference: OUR HEALTH MATTERS

We’re back! After many COVID-19 delays, ACON and Thorne Harbour Health are delighted to announce the LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference has moved online!

We will now be hosting a one-day virtual conference on Thursday 4 November, 2021.

Grab your ticket and join us online!

Tickets are now available, and you can look forward to hearing from experts, researchers, health and service providers and community members on the pressing health issues concerning our rich and diverse women’s communities, such as sexual and gender identity, sexual health, mental health, violence and safety, tobacco and drug use, alcohol consumption, cancer screening and more.

The program will reflect the conference’s theme – ‘Our Health Matters’ – with the keynote presentation delivered by the research team behind UnLEASH, Australia’s first longitudinal cohort study exploring lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s health and wellbeing and the relationship with smoking, drinking and using drugs.

Our program is engaging, diverse and one we hope you find truly rewarding. With almost 30 speakers, from a range of services, organisations and lived experiences, it’s promising to be a day of exploring unique perspectives and sharing new and innovative knowledge and practices.

Our speakers are covering topics as diverse as homelessness, inclusive therapeutic practices, drug and alcohol use, supporting LGBTIQ women with an intellectual disability, inclusion in sport, suicide prevention, sex work, and domestic and family violence. ​

We’ll be hosting live panel discussions on inclusion, mental health, healthcare experiences, rainbow families, health across generations, and more.

Since the conference will be presented in an online format, this allows for much greater accessibility and a higher capacity for presenters and speakers to participate in the program. Sessions will also be available to view after the conference – so you can watch on demand later!

Conference tickets are $20 (individuals funded by an organisation), $15 (individuals) or $10 (concession). Conference attendance for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people (when not funded by an organisation) is free. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, so please contact conference@acon.org.au if you need assistance.

Register now!

The 2021 LGBTIQ Womens Health Conference is supported by the NSW Ministries for Health, Mental Health and Regional Youth and Women, Multicultural NSW, and Lesbians Inc.

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About the conference

The LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference focuses on the health and wellbeing needs of all LGBTIQ women within Australian communities. The event offers attendees a wide range of opportunities to discuss, engage with and explore these health needs as well as profile new and emerging research, innovative programs and services being delivered to address these needs in our communities.

Conference engagement statement

The LGBTIQ Women’s Conference is committed to meaningful inclusion, diversity and access. It aims to create safer spaces to strengthen the health and wellbeing of all LGBTIQ women, including Aboriginal women and Sistergirls, women of colour, women with disabilities, trans, gender diverse and intersex women.

We respect that experiences of lesbian, bisexual and queer sexuality can intersect with diverse gender experiences, intersex status and all forms of marginalisation that women experience. We acknowledge that striving for best practice and positive health outcomes for all women requires meaningful engagement and fostering a cross-sector response that embeds these principles in all aspects of our work.

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