Network MindOut webinar: The Impact of Bisexual+ Invisibility on Mental Health

National LGBTI Health Alliance, Recorded 24th March 2020

Bisexual+ people are thought to be the largest group in the LGBTIQ+ population, yet are commonly misunderstood by mainstream society and often invisible in the broader LGBTIQ+ discourse. Although many bisexuals are comfortable with, if not proud of their identity, research from around the world tells us that bisexual+ people are more vulnerable to systemic and individual victimisation than lesbians and gays, and mental health outcomes are particularly poor as a result. This webinar will explore the impacts of bisexual+ invisibility on mental health, and will offer practical tips on how to be more inclusive.

Presenter: Misty Farquhar is a PhD Researcher at the Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education, where they also teach. Misty’s research explores how people living outside binary ideas of sexuality / gender experience recognition in Australia. Misty is extremely active in community outreach, education, and advocacy efforts and is the founder of Bisexual+ Community Perth.

Improving cultural understanding and engagement with people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

1800RESPECT, July 2017

This article is adapted from Craig Rigney’s Workers Webinar presentation, Improving Cultural Understanding and Engagement with people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


  • What is cultural understanding?
  • Am I using a cultural lens?
  • Engagement strategies
  • What is family or lateral violence?
  • Next steps

Further reading and related tools:

Conversations with CALD women on violence against women and their children

Hearing her voice: Report from the kitchen table conversations with culturally and linguistically diverse women on violence against women and their children

 Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Social Services) 2015

From 24 October 2014 to 12 March 2015, CALD women leaders hosted 29 kitchen
table conversations throughout Australia with women from more than 40 ethnic
and cultural backgrounds to discuss violence against women and their children.
The hosts invited women from their networks and communities and provided a
culturally appropriate and accessible setting, supported by DSS.

The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the key issues and some
suggested responses raised by participants in the conversations. The findings of
the consultation process will inform implementation of a National Plan.

Themes from the kitchen table conversations:

  1. Understanding Australia’s laws, rights, cultural norms and new arrivals
  2. Gaining familiarity with and knowledge of support services
  3. Enhancing the availability and accessibility of support services
  4. Resolving immigration status and eligibility for support services and payments
  5. Reducing women’s isolation and promoting community participation
  6. Recognising cultural beliefs and norms about gender and marriage
  7. Building the capacity of community and religious leaders
  8. Raising professional standards in interpreting and translating
  9. Improving police interventions
  10. Engaging and educating CALD men to inspire behaviour change
  11. Recognising the intersectionality of issues for CALD women

Access report (PDF) here: Hearing Her Voice kitchen table report


Bisexual Adults Face Heightened Risk for Health Issues Including Cancer, STIs and Depression

Human Rights Campaign, September 17, 2015

HRC’s research brief published today underscores a dangerous but largely hidden crisis – the striking physical, mental and sexual health disparities bisexual people face.

The Health Disparities Among Bisexual People report, based on the most recent and reliable data available on bisexual health and released in partnership with the Bisexual Resource Center, BiNet USA, and the Bisexual Organizing Project, reveals a troubling chasm between the health outcomes of bisexual people and those of the rest of the population – including gay men and lesbians.

  • Read more here
  • Download Health Disparities Among Bisexual People report here