SHINE’s Marriage Equality Counselling Service launches today

SHINE SA, October 16, 2017

Is the marriage equality ‘debate’ making you feel hopeless, afraid, lonely, angry or upset?

Are you struggling with relationships, discrimination or bullying?

Not sure who to talk to or where to get help?

Marriage Equality Counselling Service is a free, confidential telephone and online counselling service available to LGBTIQ South Australians of all ages, staffed by experienced counsellors and provided through SHINE SA. The service launches today.

  • FREECALL 1800 290 575 
  • 12 – 8 pm MONDAY TO FRIDAY
  • If you require online support please phone the number above initially
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SA Govt funds SHINE SA for more mental health support for the LGBTIQ community during marriage equality survey

Ian Hunter MLC, September 16, 2017

The State Government will provide extra mental health and counselling services for the LGBTIQ community due to expected increases in demand while the marriage equality postal survey is conducted.

According to beyondblue, LGBTI Australians have an increased risk of depression, anxiety, self-harming and suicidal thoughts. And they are twice as likely to suffer physical, verbal and emotional abuse.

There is widespread concern throughout the community that these issues will be exacerbated, particularly among young LGBTIQ people, as the nation debates changes to the Marriage Act.

In response, the South Australian Government is providing a one-off payment of $100,000 to SHINE SA to deliver extra services to the LGBTIQ community throughout South Australia.

SHINE SA is the lead agency for health and wellbeing services to the LGBTIQ community in South Australia. With Rainbow Tick accreditation and the state licence to provide HOW2 training for inclusive services, SHINE SA will utilise its strong networks with the LGBTIQ community to provide face-to-face, telephone and online services to people experiencing emotional and mental health issues over the coming months.

Dedicated telephone outreach services for LGBTIQ South Australians living in remote and regional areas that face the additional challenges of distance and isolation will also be provided.

AMA throws its weight behind same-sex marriage, declares it a health issue

The Age

The nation’s most powerful doctors’ group has thrown its weight behind same-sex marriage for the first time, declaring it a public health issue and calling on politicians to end the divisive debate.

In an unprecedented move, the president of the typically conservative group, Dr Michael Gannon, has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten urging bipartisanship.

  • Read more of article here
  • Read AMA press release here
  • Download position paper here 

 

 

Interpersonal violence & LGBTIQ communities: Understanding & responding to experiences of LGBTIQ clients

Addressing Violence Alliance (AVA)

Featuring experts and dynamic guest speakers on current best practice policies and practice when working with LGBTIQ communities and their experiences of violence.

This forum will cover policy & research perspectives, organizational & practitioner perspectives, as well as gaps and future advocacy goals.

Including
· Dr Niki Vincent (Commissioner for Equal Opportunity)
· Dr Philomena Horsley – Gay & Lesbian Health Victoria (La Trobe University)
· Dr. Damien Riggs (Flinders University)
· Personal Story
· Worker Wellbeing session

Who should attend?
Policy makers, managers, team leaders and front-line staff working in the area of supporting victims of violence and/or with members of LGBTIQ communities.

Why
A NSW Study found 85% of the lesbian and gay community in NSW had experienced homophobic abuse, harassment or violence during their life. (1) LGBTIQ people are also as likely to be victims of domestic and family violence as non-LGBTIQ women, which equates to approximately 1 in 3. (2)
1. Attorney General’s Department NSW, 2003
2. LGBTIQ D&FV Interagency and University of NSW, 2014

Tickets

$50 from http://ywca.com.au/avaforum2017/

Where
Victim Support Service
33 Franklin Street, Adelaide
When
Thursday 20 April 2017, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Contact
Clare Tatyzo T: 08 8203 9413
E: Claire.Tatyzo@ywca.com.au

Who

The Addressing Violence Alliance (AVA) is a collaborative partnership between a number of lead agencies in the community services, health and criminal justice sectors. AVA is committed to increasing the capacity of the South Australian workforce in responding to and preventing violence.

Download flyer here AVA LGBTIQ Forum 2017

LGBTIQ South Australians receive apology for past wrongs

Rainbow Labor South Australia Inc, 1st Dec 2016

Rainbow Labor has welcomed today’s apology by South Australian Labor Premier, Jay Weatherill, to South Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people. The apology, seconded by the Leader of the Opposition, recognises the discrimination LGBTIQ people have suffered under South Australian laws.

 

Cutting Edge Issues in Sexuality and Relationships Education (Forum)

SHine SA, October 2016

You are warmly invited to an interactive forum which will be held as an adjunct to the Australasian Sexual Health Conference being held in Adelaide, November 2016.

Who is this for? Teachers, community educators, health promotion officers, registered nurses and midwives, doctors, counsellors and other interested people.

Forum Themes • Taking gender and sexual diversity seriously • Confidence in teaching about sexual violence • Student ‘voice’ in sexuality education: problems and possibilities • Pre-service teacher education: the hope for change in sexual and relationships education

Panel Members

Professor Peter Aggleton: Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia

• Dr Helen Calabretto: SHine SA

• Associate Professor Tiffany Jones: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University

• Jane Flentje: Educational Consultant; former Coordinator Teacher Education, SHine SA

• James Castle: Schools Coordinator, Schools Education & Support, SHine SA; White Ribbon Ambassador

• Professor Bruce Johnson: School of Education, University of South Australia

• Natalie Terminelli: Teacher, Woodville High School

• Dr Debbie Ollis: School of Education, Deakin University

• Dr Deborah Bateson: Family Planning NSW; President, Australasian Sexual Health Alliance

When 16 November 2016: Registration: 3.00 – 3.20 pm; Forum: 3.20 – 6.00 pm

Where University of South Australia, City West Campus, BH 2.09 Lecture Theatre (Barbara Hanrahan Building)

Transport Public car parking is available in Hindley Street. Tram, bus and train transport are convenient to the City West Campus.

Cost $20 (includes refreshments).

Registration Click here to register by 5.00pm Monday 14 November. There will be limited places available at the door (cash only), but we would prefer pre-registration to assist us with catering.

Further information: Gemma Weedall (08) 8300 5394 or Helen Calabretto (08) 7099 5318

Download flyer here cutting-edge-issues-forum-flyer