Due to COVID-19, our planned 2020 conference was delayed until November 2021. For the first time, we hosted a one-day online conference. On 4th November, almost 400 people attended the online event.
The program reflected 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.
With almost 30 speakers, from a range of services, organisations and lived experiences, 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 hosted live panel discussions on inclusion, mental health, healthcare experiences, rainbow families, and suicide prevention.
You can view the 2021 Conference Program here, including speaker bios.
Since the conference was presented in an online format, this allowed for much greater accessibility and a higher capacity for presenters and speakers to participate in the program. Sessions were also available to view after the conference, so people were able to view any session on-demand.
We also hosted two special events post-conference; evening sessions with speakers and panels dedicated to particular topics and lived experiences:
Blak women and femme identities navigating the borderlands of culture, whiteness, and queer territories
Centring queer women of colour: in conversation with Bexx, Elsa & Monique