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Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Conference

Victorian AIDS Council (VAC)

Friday, 27 March 2015 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM (AEDT)

Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Conference

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This conference aims to build the capacity of those working to improve the health and well being of lesbian, bisexual and queer women. In doing so, you’ll hear from a range of speakers who will share research and practice wisdom regarding service considerations when supporting lesbian and other queer women.


Dr Ruth McNair will provide a keynote address on her work with the beyondblue funded ALICE study, a research project exploring alcohol and other drug use by lesbian, bisexual and same-sex attracted women.


Special guest MC Kelly Parry (comedian, writer, performer and creative strategist).


 Other speakers include:

Georgie Harman CEO, beyondblue

Simon Ruth CEO, Victorian AIDS Council (VAC)

Liam Leonard Director, Gay & Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV)


A panel of speakers will apply best practice considerations to a hypothetical case scenario:


Tarnia Thompson from QLife

Ren Grayson from YSAS

Nadia Gavin from Harm Reduction Victoria

Wendy Brokenshire from VAC


Abstract submissions are now open for the afternoon session streams:

• Affirming the lived experience of lesbian, bisexual and other queer women who use.

• Inclusive practice and service provision

• Consumer led action and change


Abstract submission

Individuals, groups and organisations are invited to submit an abstract for the afternoon workshop and presentation streams. Workshop sessions will be allocated in 30 minute blocks.


Topic Streams


Conference abstracts are invited to be submitted on a variety of streams:

  • Stream 1: Affirming the lived experience of lesbian & queer women who use

  • Stream 2: Inclusive practice and service provision

  • Stream 3: Consumer led action and change

    Please note that streams are a guide, and submissions on topics that are related to the conference theme are welcomed.

    Abstract submissions are due by close of business Friday the 27th of February


Submission guidelines

Please provide a description of no more than 250 words of the proposed workshop format and content and expected outcomes for participants, as well as the presenter/s name and a short biography. This information will be included in the forum program.

 Workshops that use multiple formats such as discussion and group exercises are encouraged.

Please also include any audiovisual requirements for your workshop.

Please email abstract submissions to zoe.birkinshaw@vac.org.au. For further information, please contact via email or on 0419 913 062.

Have questions about Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Conference? Contact Victorian AIDS Council (VAC)

When & Where

Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Friday, 27 March 2015 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM (AEDT)

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Victorian AIDS Council (VAC)

VAC was formed in 1983 as a central part of the Victorian community response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. VAC continues to lead the response by providing a range of services which include prevention education, treatment and care of PLHIV and counselling services.

Rainbow Network is a Victoria-wide support and capacity building initiative for anyone working with same sex attracted, intersex, trans and gender diverse (SSAITGD) young people.

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Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Conference
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