Important Update: COVID-19 and the LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference

Given the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19 and the advice to avoid mass gatherings and practice social distancing, we regretfully have had to make the decision to postpone the LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference.

In light of the official health advice provided by the Australian Department of Health and NSW Health, and the likely length of COVID-19 and the flu season over winter, we believe postponing the conference is a responsible, health based decision.

Recognising the valuable and unique nature of the LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference, and its important role in advancing research, learning and networking for those interested in LGBTIQ women’s health, we are still planning to hold the Conference. We are hoping to go ahead in October or November and will advise the new dates as soon as we can.

For those of you who have already registered for the 2020 LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference, you may retain your booking pending confirmation of the rescheduled dates, or request a full refund by contacting Anna Barker at

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Scholarship applications now open!

Applications for Scholarships for the 2020 LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference are now open! 

Conference scholarships of up to $1000 will be available. Scholarships are designed to assist with access and participation in the 2020 LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference and to ensure the greatest possible diversity of conference attendees. These scholarships are not only designed to increase access for people from regional or remote areas, or people experiencing financial hardship, but to recognise other systemic barriers some people face in terms of accessing conferences like this one. We consider our formal conference engagement strategy an important guide:

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.

In line with this, priority will be given to:

  • Community members (LGBTIQ people; sexuality and/or gender diverse people)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Trans and gender diverse people
  • Intersex people / people with an intersex variation
  • People of colour and/or culturally and linguistically diverse people
  • People with a disability

Read more about our scholarships and submit your application.

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Call for Abstracts Open for 2020 LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference!

Healthy Communities, Healthy Futures


ACON and Thorne Harbour Health are delighted to announce the 5th national LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference will be held on 4 and 5 June 2020 at the NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, in Sydney.

This year’s theme Healthy Communities, Healthy Futures aims to explore the broader health issues for our communities. Healthy Communities encompasses the diverse identities, experiences and health issues experienced by LGBTIQ women. Healthy Futures is about using and building on our existing resilience and skills – what do we need to do to move forward? Healthy Futures hopes to pose questions about what we need to do in the future and to showcase existing services, programs, and research that are already creating an environment for LGBTIQ women to thrive.

Submissions are now open!

We encourage submissions that are creative in content and style.

The call for abstracts is now open until 27 January 2020. This is an exciting opportunity to share knowledge, research and innovative service delivery and practice to a broad, diverse and engaged audience at one of the most unique conferences for women in Australia.

Please contact ACON on 02 9206 2118 to talk about alternative submission options as we are committed to making the abstract submission process as accessible as possible.

Read more here or submit your abstract now.

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Schedule into your diary!

Start blowing them trumpets for the 2018 LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference Program is live!

Now in its fourth year, the conference is the only national summit for LGBTIQ women’s health in Australia. The program includes presentations, panels, workshops and esteemed keynote speakers with the conference being opened by the Minister for Health, Jill Hennessey, with Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder, Annette Xiberras.

This year’s theme ‘Research, Resilience, Respect’ is aimed at exploring existing research and highlighting the need for further research into LGBTIQ women’s health. Furthermore, this year’s conference will acknowledge the resilience and strength of LGBTIQ women as well as pay respect to all LGBTIQ women’s communities.

The conference also coincides with NAIDOC Week – their theme being “Because of her, we can!” – so we’re very much looking forward to some important conversations with the Aboriginal LGBTIQ women’s communities from all around Australia.

We are especially excited about our conference social and networking event, sponsored by Mind Equality Centre, on Thursday evening, which will bring together performances by Glitterfist, Tonie Field, Sailor V and more.

Download the schedule and register your attendance today!

(Registrations have now closed for 2018). See you next year!

LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference

Planning is well and truly underway for the 2018 LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference and we are very excited about the depth and breadth of content we are working to bring you, and the quality speakers we will have joining us.

We are pleased to announce this year’s Conference will be opened by Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, and we have a very exciting International Speaker from the Philippines, Naomi Fontanos, TGD activist. We have some incredible keynote speakers locked in, with the rest of the program being scheduled as we speak. Here are a few of our keynote and panel speakers:

  • Jerril Rechter, CEO VicHealth
  • Lyn Morgain, CEO cohealth
  • Sally Rugg, Ex-Campaign Director, GetUp!
  • Feyi Akindoyeni, Partner, Strategic Communications expert, Gateway Australia
  • Roj Amedi, Human Rights Campaigner, GetUp!


With registrations starting to flood in, we are eager to give you some updates…

  • VAC is offering FREE membership for 12 months to conference delegates. Claim yours HERE
  • For options on recommended accommodation in the area with discount codes head HERE
  • If you require Creche facilities for your child/ren during the conference, please email before 15 June 2018
  • If you’d like to volunteer at the conference, please register your interest HERE
  • Have you and your friends/colleagues registered for the 2018 conference? Don’t miss out, spaces filling fast, register & pay HERE

On behalf of VAC and ACON, we thank you for your continued interest, passion and commitment, and look forward to joining you again for this incredible event very soon.

Conference reminder:

Scholarships are still open and

will close midnight 13th May 2018. 

For more information check out the website:

2018 Registrations & Scholarships NOW OPEN…


Registrations and scholarship applications for the 2018 LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference are now open!

The #LGBTIQWHC is open to anyone with an interest in LGBTIQ Women’s Health.

Our aim is to make the conference as accessible as possible and nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. If you need financial assistance, including cost of registration, travel expenses and/or accommodation, please apply for one of our Scholarships or email for more information.

In 2018 LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference will be held at The Jasper Hotel in  Melbourne, Australia on 12 & 13 July

If you’re interested in volunteering at the conference, you will receive free registration to both days. Please contact to enquire about volunteering options.