LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference 2020

Call for Abstracts

Healthy Communities, Healthy Futures


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.

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The LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference is an unparalleled opportunity to come together to focus on the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ women. The Conference aims to understand the factors that drive inequality and look for ways to address ongoing health issues, such as the pronounced effects of minority stress, stigma, discrimination and marginalisation.

The LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference is a forum for targeted, specific information sharing and networking, increasing knowledge and awareness both within LGBTIQ women’s communities and the broader health sector. The Conference aims to provide an inclusive and empowering space and a platform for the issues that matter for LGBTIQ women.

Previous conferences have explored themes such as diversity, inclusivity, support, strengthening connections, women in business, sexual and reproductive health, migration, parenting, cancer screening and prevention, mental health, drug and alcohol use, domestic and family violence, and the importance of building and strengthening communities.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by an experienced and professional Conference Abstract Selection Committee. The Committee, consisting of members of relevant and diverse communities, is looking to receive a wide range of abstracts and submissions from Australia and internationally.

We encourage submissions that are creative in content and style. If you need some inspiration for a great submission idea, have a look at the programming from past conferences.

The LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference 2020 abstract submission consists of four streams.

  • Healthy Communities
  • Healthy Futures
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Innovation in Practice

These streams have been developed in response to feedback from the 2018 Conference, to facilitate a broad range of content.

Conference Streams:


Stream 1: Healthy Communities

Healthy Communities invites abstracts that explore health topics including sexual health, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, community connection and healthy relationships, cancer screening and prevention and healthy ageing. Healthy Communities is an opportunity to consider our community’s complexities and experiences, to delve into specific communities’ health information and to explore the intersections within these areas.

Stream 2:  Healthy Futures

Healthy Futures will explore themes of leadership, self-esteem, visibility, participation and empowerment in the workplace and the broader community. This stream respects the unique experiences and intersections within our communities, acknowledging the barriers many LGBTIQ women face to social, economic and physical participation in life. Abstracts in this stream will cover inclusion, reducing bias and barriers, and equity in practice.

Stream 3: Mental Health and Wellbeing

The impact of mental health and wellbeing on our communities is both broad and significant. This stream seeks to explore mental health and wellbeing. Mental Health and Wellbeing is a dedicated stream as we know how critical it is as a foundation for inclusion, participation, physical health and wellbeing. Abstracts on all aspects of mental health are welcome, including policy, intervention and translational research.

Stream 4: Innovation in Practice

Innovation in Practice looks to highlight effective, flexible and affirming responses to changing community needs. Innovation could be related to service delivery, translational and participatory research, or community initiatives. We especially champion new developments relying on evidence, lived experience and consultation.

Types of sessions, presentations, workshops:


  • 7 minute Rapid Fire oral presentation

These presentations will be grouped into sessions and followed by a panel-style Q&A session. This presentation type would suit data snapshots, program and/or research updates, and brief explorations of lived experience.

  • 30 minute Presentation

This session allows for 25 minute presentations followed by 5 minutes Q&A. This presentation type would be best suited to the delivery of more comprehensive information, data and research, stories of lived experience and community initiatives.

  • Workshop

Workshops allow for sessions that bring people together in a way that falls outside of the presentations outlined above. A workshop could be a verbal or physical activity; anything from a brainstorming session to a yarning circle or an artmaking or storytelling workshop.

  • Panel

Panel sessions should include 3-4 panelists and a moderator. Include the topics the panel will discuss, the reasons for including the chosen panelists and the moderator. Please include brief bios of all panelists. There is a section on the submission form for multiple bios.

  • Other

Please describe your proposed session, if it is not already covered by the options above.


To submit an abstract:


  1. Please provide a description of no more than 350 words of the proposed workshop / presentation in the form (link below). This information will be included in the Conference program.
  2. Include a bio of all presenters of no more than 200 words. This information will be included in the Conference program.
  3. Please include any audiovisual requirements for your workshop.
  4. The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday 7 February 2020.
  5. If your proposal is accepted, the information you provide will be used in the conference guide for participants at the event.
  6. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Anna Barker at ACON on 9206 2118 or email

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.

Conference  Scholarship applications will open early 2020. Scholarships can cover the costs of attendance including travel, accommodation and a meal allowance to encourage attendees from around Australia.

Subscribe to our e-list to be notified when scholarship applications open in January 2020.

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