Type 2 diabetes: Sexual orientation may influence risk

Medical News Today, Published

The new study — which was led by Heather L. Corliss, a professor at San Diego State University’s Graduate School of Public Health in California — suggests that women who identify as lesbian or bisexual are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The findings were published in the journal Diabetes Care.






SHINE SA, March 2018

Take action towards your diversity and inclusivity goals this year!  The first 2018 round of SHINE SA’s HOW2 Create Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex (LGBTI) Inclusive Services program commences next month. 

This program can provide your organisation with a practical way to work towards increasing inclusivity and celebrating diversity

The program is based on a set of 6 national standards developed by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV), in conjunction with QIP (Quality, Innovation & Performance), known as Rainbow Tick Accreditation. First session is on Thursday 5 April 2018.

Four sessions held 6-8 weeks apart combined with workplace activities provide participants with increased knowledge and capacity in:
1. Auditing your service
2. Consulting consumers
3. Educating colleagues
4. Developing and implementing an action plan
5. Managing obstacles
6. Evaluating changes

This program, presented by SHINE SA, is based on a set of 6 national standards developed by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV), in conjunction with QIP (Quality, Innovation & Performance), known as Rainbow Tick Accreditation.


Tasks are assigned prior to the first session and at the end of sessions 1, 2 & 3. These tasks involve practical activities at participants’ workplaces to start the change management process towards accreditation.

Important: Organisations can choose to be assessed against the 6 national standards through an external process undertaken by QIP in order to achieve the Rainbow Tick. The HOW2 training program can support organisations seeking to achieve this accreditation and is suitable for any organisation seeking to become more inclusive for LGBTI clients and staff.


Course 1

First session: Thursday 5 April 2018
Second session: Thursday 17 May 2018
Third session: Thursday 28 June 2018
Final session: Thursday 26 July 2018

Course 2

First session: Thursday 12 July 2018
Second session: Thursday 23 August 2018
Third session: Thursday 4 October 2018
Final session: Thursday 15 November 2018


9:30am – 2:30pm


SHINE SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville

Participants are required to attend all 4 sessions.


$990 (incl. GST) per participant

A minimum of 2 participants are required to attend from each organisation (min. 2 participants = $1980)


Holley Skene on holley.skene@shinesa.org.au or (08) 8300 5325

One in four people say those in same-sex relationships ‘should be charged as criminals’

The Guardian, 1st November 2017

More than one in four people across the world think people engaging in same-sex relationships should be charged as criminals, according to a new survey of 77 countries and territories.

However, there were major divisions in attitudes towards the criminalisation of those engaging in same-sex relationships when broken down across regions, the 2017 Ilga-Riwi global attitudes survey to sexual and gender minorities found.

HOW2 Create LGBTI Inclusive Services: 2017 dates announced

SHINE SA, April 2017

The 2017 round of SHINE SA’s HOW2 Create Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Inclusive Services program commences next month.

By enrolling your organisation in this program, key staff in your organisation will gain the knowledge and skills to drive organisational change to become safer and more inclusive for LGBTI clients, staff and communities. Your organisation will benefit immediately from the implementation of practical exercises in the workplace and completion of the HOW2 program will lay the foundations for successfully achieving Rainbow Tick Accreditation.

One of our 2016 round participants, Kay Goodman-Dodd of Eldercare, told us of the impact the program has had on her organisation:

“The action plan that we developed over the course of the HOW2 program has enabled us to raise awareness, educate staff, consult community and promote our service as LGBTI inclusive. As participants, we felt supported to go back to our organisations and identify, promote and support manageable change. We are excited to be working toward our commitment to undertake Rainbow Tick accreditation and will continue to benefit from the networks we established during the program.”

The HOW2 program is based on a set of 6 national standards developed by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV), in conjunction with QIP (Quality, Innovation & Performance), known as Rainbow Tick Accreditation.

  • The 2017 HOW2 program commences on 18 May. Please click here to find out more and enrol.


Exciting new program starts this month: HOW2 create a LGBTI inclusive service

SHine SA, September 1 2016

Have you heard all the buzz around Rainbow Tick Accreditation or ever considered how your organisation ensures it is inclusive of diversity? Perhaps you have organisational goals or targets regarding diversity and inclusion and are looking for ways to achieve these? Are you looking for ways to improve the safety and quality of your services to the community?

The HOW2 program was created to guide organisations through a range of practical steps and activities to increase their knowledge, capacity and understanding in relation to LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) cultural safety and inclusion. It also supports organisations who are looking to achieve Rainbow Tick Accreditation, joining the growing number of organisations who are taking up this opportunity across the nation.

South Australia’s first How2 program starts this month on 22nd September: we still have places left!

Two surveys for young LGBTIQ people

19 August, 2016

There are currently two surveys seeking data from young Australian LGBTIQ people, in order to ultimately assess and improve worker’s practice when it comes to this population, and the overall wellbeing of communities.

  1. University of Tasmania – How Young LGBTIQ+ people in Australia use digital social media.

A team of researchers at the University of Tasmania are currently working on a research project that examines how young (aged 16-35) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, or questioning (LGBTIQ+) people in Australia use digital social media.

They know that social media and technology is important for LGBTIQ+ young people in Australia but they want to know more about how they use different platforms (like Facebook and Snapchat). They want to improve the information available to people who work with these young people, with the overall aim to enhance their overall wellbeing.

So they are asking young LGBTIQ+ people in Australia to fill in a short survey about their experiences using social media. All respondents can go in the draw to win a $30 iTunes gift card.

The survey is anonymous, and young people can skip any question they are not comfortable answering.

The survey will take up to 15 minutes, and can be accessed here

2. University of Western Australia – the mental health experiences and care pathways of trans* young people

This research aims to improve the lives of trans* individuals growing up in Australia by exploring possible barriers to accessing services. This information will help to inform policies, health professionals, other researchers, parents of trans* individuals, other trans* young people and the wider community about how relevant services can best meet the needs of trans* young people.

This study is open to both trans* young people and parents or guardians of trans* young people. If you are living in Australia and you are a trans* young person aged 14-25, or if you are a parent/guardian of a trans* young person 25 or younger you are able to participate. Young people are able to participate in this research without the consent of their parent/guardian, and because you don’t provide your name, parents/guardians will not be made aware of a young person’s participation. If you are a young person, you should only consider participating in this study if you feel that you are mature enough to answer the questions on this topic.

Information will be presented in such a way that you will remain anonymous. You don’t have to answer anything you don’t want to and you can also stop doing the survey if you feel upset.

The survey will take about a half hour of your time, and can be accessed here