LGBTIQ health and wellbeing

ARCSHS is the largest research centre focussed on LGBTIQ health and wellbeing in Australia, and since the 1990s has led the field internationally in investigating the experiences and needs of LGBTIQ communities. This research theme aims to advance knowledge of the lives of LGBTIQ individuals and communities, particularly as they relate to health and wellbeing. The new knowledge produced is used by the Centre and others to lead public discussion around the experiences of LGBTIQ communities, and to inform service delivery and policy responses.


Rainbow Realities

2024

In-depth analyses of large-scale LGBTQA+ health and wellbeing data in Australia

Natalie Amos, Gene Lim, Pip Buckingham, Sharaka Liddelow-Hunt, Julie Mooney-Somers and Adam Bourne

The Rainbow Realities report has been commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care to inform development of the 10-year LGBTIQA+ Health and Wellbeing Action Plan. It reflects the commitment of the Australian Government to ensure the needs and experiences of LGBTIQA+ people are carefully considered in the development of the Action Plan. This report represents one component of the national consultation process, which also includes engagement of an Expert Advisory Group, a report on LGBTIQA+ inclusion within State, Territory, Commonwealth and Public Health Network strategies and action plans, an examination of perceptions on primary care provision for LGBTIQA+ communities and other targeted consultation activities. Rainbow Realities provides a synthesis of pre-existing findings as well as more than 50 new analyses derived from the data of six surveys of LGBTQA+ populations in Australia: Private Lives 3, Writing Themselves In 4, SWASH , Trans Pathways, Walkern Katatdjin (Rainbow Knowledge) and Pride and Pandemic. In total, the surveys received more than 20,000 responses from LGBTQA+ people, spanning all parts of the country and a wide range of intersectional backgrounds.

Download Rainbow Realities: In-depth analyses of large-scale LGBTQA+ health and wellbeing data in Australia.

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Catalysts of Change

2024

Interventions and service pathways for gay, bisexual, trans and queer (GBTQ) men who have used family violence in Victoria, Australia

Shane Worrell, Alyssha Fooks, Carolyn Gillespie, Vincent Silk, Libby Jamieson, Max Castle, Jake Peterson, Adam Bourne

This report explores how gay, bisexual, trans and queer (GBTQ) men who have used violence in an intimate or family relationship are encouraged to change their behaviour and commit to a life of non-violence.

Catalysts of Change: Interventions and service pathways for gay, bisexual, trans and queer (GBTQ) men who have used family violence in Victoria, Australia report

Catalysts for Change: Practice guide

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LGBTQA+ people with disability

2022

Violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of LGBTQA+ people with disability: a secondary analysis of data from two national surveys

Adam O Hill, Natalie Amos, Adam Bourne, Matthew Parsons, Christine Bigby, Marina Carman, Anthony Lyons

This report was compiled to inform the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. It presents data on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, queer and asexual (LGBTQA+) people with disability in Australia. These data are from two large national online surveys, Writing Themselves In 4 and Private Lives 3, which were conducted in 2019. Writing Themselves In 4 focused on young people aged 14-21 years and Private Lives 3 focused on adults aged 18 years and older.

The report covers a wide range of experiences and issues of concern for LGBTQA+ people with disability. This includes: disclosure of their sexuality or gender identity to others, and the extent to which they feel accepted or supported when doing so; how safe they feel at work, in educational contexts and in LGBTQA+-specific spaces; their experiences of harassment, abuse and discrimination; family and intimate partner violence; their mental health or experiences of suicidal ideation or attempt; and how connected they feel to communities of people living with disability and/or those who are LGBTQA+.

Research Report - Violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of LGBTQA+ people with disability: a secondary analysis of data from two national surveys

Read more about the LGBTQA+ people with disability report and view supporting resources


Responsive pandemic practice

2022

LGBTIQ+ family violence service innovation in Victoria during COVID-19

Shane Worrell, Jackson Fairchild, Carolyn Gillespie, Alyssha Fooks, Stephanie Lusby, Marina Carman, Libby Jamieson, Adam Bourne

LGBTIQ+ family violence services in Victoria, Australia, underwent a significant transformation due to the impacts of COVID-19. Responsive pandemic practice explores how two LGBTIQ+ community-controlled organisations responded to the suspension of most in-person family violence services in 2020.

Responsive pandemic practice: LGBTIQ+ family violence service innovation in Victoria during COVID-19 report

Practice guide:Lessons from pandemic-driven LGBTIQ+ family violence service innovations

Read more about the Responsive pandemic practice project


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Lean on Me

2021

Exploring suicide prevention and mental health-related peer support in Melbourne’s LGBTQ communities

Shane Worrell, Andrea Waling, Joel Anderson, Jackson Fairchild, Anthony Lyons, Christopher A. Pepping and Adam Bourne

Lean on Me Report (PDF 0.9MB)

Lean on Me Executive Summary (PDF 0.5MB)

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Writing Themselves In

1998-2021

A National Study on the Sexual Health of Same-Sex Attracted and Gender Questioning Young People

Writing Themselves In is the largest national study series exploring the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ young people in Australia. These studies have documented high levels of harm, and examined the impact that stigma and discrimination had on the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ young people, as well as seeking to better understand who LGBTIQ+ young people turn to when in need.

Explore the full list of Writing Themselves In publications.


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Healing Spiritual Harms

2021

Supporting recovery from LGBTQA+ change and suppression practices

This research report presents findings from a project conducted in partnership with the Brave Network, the Australian LGBTIQ+ Multicultural Council (AGMC) and the Victorian Government on recovery support needs of survivors of LGBTQA+ change and suppression (conversion) practices. The report provides a detailed account of survivors’ support needs. Its findings are intended to inform health practitioners and others working to meet the support needs of LGBTQA+ people who are recovering from the harms associated with LGBTQA+ change and suppression practices.

Healing spiritual harms: Supporting recovery from LGBTQA+ change and suppression practices (PDF, 4.4MB).


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Private Lives

2016-2020

A national survey of the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ people in Australia.

Private Lives is a series of national surveys of the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Australians. The first Private Lives was released in 2006, and was, at that time, the largest survey of its kind conducted anywhere in the world.

Explore the full list of Private Lives publications.


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TRANScending Discrimination in Health & Cancer Care

2019

A study of trans and gender diverse Australians

Lucille Kerr, Christopher M. Fisher and Tiffany Jones

TRANScending Discrimination in Health & Cancer Care (PDF, 2.2MB)


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Understanding LGBTI+ Lives in Crisis

2019

Andrea Waling, Gene Lim, Sheila Dhalla, Anthony Lyons and Adam Bourne

In partnership with Lifeline Australia, and with support from QLife and ACON, this research report presents findings of lesbian (L), gay (G), bisexual (B), transgender (T), intersex people (I), and other sexual identity and gender diverse individuals (+) use of crisis support services (CSS) in Australia. This is the first research of its kind in Australia that explores the needs of LGBTI+ people during a time of personal or mental health crises. It focuses on their uptake and familiarity with crisis support services in Australia, their perceptions and experiences with crisis support services, and where they might seek other professional mental health service support during a time of crisis. This study enhances the evidence base for those working to design, resource or deliver services to meet the needs of LGBTI people in Australia during times of crisis.

Understanding LGBTI+ Lives in Crisis (PDF, 4.6MB)


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From Blues To Rainbows

2014

The mental health and well-being of gender diverse and transgender young people in Australia

Elizabeth Smith, Tiffany Jones, Roz Ward, Jennifer Dixon, Anne Mitchell and Lynne Hillier

From Blues to Rainbows (PDF, 5.6MB)