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.

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.

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!

About the conference

The LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference is proudly co-presented by the Thorne Harbour Health and ACON. The inaugural conference – then called the LBQ Women’s Health Conference – took place in Melbourne in 2015, presented by Thorne Harbour Health (previously VAC) before partnering with ACON in 2016, and has since expanded to a two-day conference.

You can look at past programs, conference videos and information on past conferences in our History section.

The conference focuses on the health and well-being 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.

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Conference engagement statement

This conference is committed 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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