The second Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Conference was held on the 27th of May 2016, following the inaugural conference in 2015. The 2016 conference broadened its scope to a national level and this was symbolised by the partnership between VAC and ACON and the joint commitment to continue promoting the health and wellbeing of LBQ women. The conference welcomed close to 300 attendees and attracted wide representation from across Australia and sought participation from professionals working in health and human services, community advocates and researchers.
Keynote speakers included Professor Julie Fish, of the De Montfort University, United Kingdom, Rowena Allen, Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality and Rebecca Johnson, the co-founder of IndigiLez, a peer support and leadership group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander lesbians and same sex attracted women.
Performance artist and LBQ women’s health advocate Yana Alana, was the conference host and played an important role in linking the themes of connections, creativity and care throughout the event.