We strive to build inclusive and safe services and support for all young people including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer+ (LGBTIQ+) populations. Despite these efforts, LGBTIQ+ young people continue to avoid or delay help seeking in fear of stereotyping or discrimination.

Compared to the general population, LGBTI young people aged 16-27 are five times more likely to attempt suicide; transgender people aged 18+ are nearly eleven times more likely; and people with an Intersex variation aged 16+ are nearly six times more likely (National LGBTI Health Alliance 2016). 51% of LGB and 71% of Gender Diverse people aged 14-21 don’t live at home with family (Hillier et al 2010).

LGBTIQ+ young people are also more likely to engage in self-harm, riskier sexual behaviours, alcohol and other drugs and are more likely to experience mental illness and higher levels of school refusal (Hillier et al, 2010; National LGBTI Health Alliance, 2016).

This workshop is an introduction to working with LGBTIQ+ populations with practical steps to enhancing LGBTIQ+ affirming practice in community work settings. Participants will leave this session with access to current evidence on LGBTIQ+ population health, insight into LGBTIQ+ inclusive practices and principles for affirming service provision and increased confidence for community workers in engaging with LGBTIQ+ young people.

Course Content

  • Key terminology and concepts associated with gender and sexual diversity and intersex;
  • Sharing diverse perspectives of intersectional LGBTIQ+ lived experiences;
  • Exploration and application of LGBTIQ+ affirming individual practice;
  • Navigating health and education systems;
  • Communicating with parents, carers and kinship carers;
  • Strategies for professional reflection, practice evaluation and self care;
  • Understand where and how to access further information, support, and referral pathways.

Who should attend

  • Community workers
  • Youth workers
  • Health workers
  • Health advocates
  • Counsellors
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Occupational therapists
  • School based youth health nurses

Please note - LGBTIQ+ acronym represents the diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer cultures. The plus represents the changing nature and titles of the diverse cultures that sometimes include themselves and to allow for error in an attempt for inclusivity.


Cost $220
Attendance limit 20
Date TBA
Time 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Delivery Method Workshop
Catering Morning tea, lunch, & afternoon tea

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