LGBTI health and wellbeing

Rainbow Health Victoria (previously known as Gay & Lesbian Health Victoria) is a program that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) health and wellbeing through research and knowledge translation, training, resources, policy advice and service accreditation through the Rainbow Tick.

Located within the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University, Rainbow Health Victoria is funded by the Victorian government. We work closely with researchers at ARCSHS on cutting edge research into LGBTIQ health and wellbeing. This includes research development, translation and impact.

An integral part of our work is to build partnerships with government, researchers, community, organisations and service providers to create equity and inclusion.

We provide:

  • Training – dynamic, evidence-based LGBTIQ training across the health, human services and community sectors.
  • Programs – with a focus on LGBTI ageing and aged care, LGBTIQA+ young people, and equipping family violence services to provide safe and inclusive support to LGBTIQ people experiencing intimate partner and family violence.
  • Resources – evidence-based resources and reports.
  • Research & Policy – research and policy development in collaboration with ARCSHS and other academic institutions, LGBTIQ and mainstream organisations, and government.

Rainbow Network

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A state-wide Victorian support and capacity building network. It’s for anyone who is working with LGBTI youth. We provide training, resources, secondary consultations and professional supervision to relevant organisations and individuals.

Val’s LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care

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Improving ageing pathways, care and visibility of older LGBTI people. Val’s works with service providers to foster the experiences and histories of these people, and how these could impact access to support services.

LGBTI inclusive practice training

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3 and 5-hour professional development training on LGBTI health and wellbeing. The training includes an introductory module that explores LGBTI people’s everyday lives and targeted modules.

The Rainbow Tick

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The Rainbow Tick is a world first and provides a benchmark for LGBTI-inclusive professional practice. The Rainbow Tick consists of six LGBTI-inclusive practice standards against which organisations can be accredited.

LGBTI Resources & Clearinghouse

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GLHV’s website and clearinghouse are major resources for service providers, researchers and consumers interested in LGBTI wellbeing and inclusive practice.