Thorne Harbour Health -formed in 1983 (initially as the Victorian AIDS Action Committee and later the Victorian AIDS Council) as a central part of the Victorian community response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Thorne Harbour Health continues to lead the response by providing a range of services which include prevention education, treatment and care of PLHIV and counselling services. Through a range of projects, they deliver community-led and culturally appropriate services that improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTI people living throughout Victoria, South Australia, and beyond.
Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria – Research, Training, Inclusive practice, Online library, e-newsletter. Programs include: LGBTI Inclusive practice (HOW2 training, Rainbow Tick), Safe Schools Coalition Victoria, Rainbow Network. You may find this link http://www.glhv.org.au/video/lgbti-videos useful to video shared stories and lived experiences of many LGBTI people.
Matrix Guild Victoria – founded in 1992 by a group of lesbian feminists for the benefit of lesbians over 40 years of age. They promote appropriate care and support for older lesbians. Matrix can supply a speaker to present to your organisation on any topic relating to older lesbians. We do a lot of presentations to Aged Care services, to improve awareness about the needs of lesbian clients. Please contact Anneke on 0427 482 976 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like any further information.
Transgender Victoria – the primary objective of the Transgender Victoria is to achieve justice, equity and quality health and community service provision for trans people, their partners, families and friends. Provide speakers and aged care training.
Val’s Café become Val’s LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care – we are excited to announce that Val’s Café is now Val’s LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care. We have rebranded as Val’s – as many services and people actually think we are a café, with coffee and cakes, and sometimes LGBTI people or service providers think we are an activity program for older LGBTI people. So goodbye Val’s Cafe – hello Val’s LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care.
Vintage Men – the Melbourne Chapter of Prime Timers World Wide, Vintage Men Incorporated is a social support group for mature gay, bisexual men and their friends. Vintage Men can enrich their social lives with diverse activities, such as the arts, entertainment, gay issues, counselling and other facets of healthy living. Some Vintage Men are always on the go, while some enjoy the quiet company of others, for emotional support and companionship.
Seahorse Victoria – formed in 1975 as a support and social group for the Victorian transgender community and is the longest running organisation of its type in Australia. It aims to create a safe and supportive space in which those who identify as transgendered can meet.
National LGBTI Health Alliance – the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people and other sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTI) people and communities.
Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council Inc – a peak body for individuals/groups from a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer multicultural background. The AGMC Inc aims to represent the interests of Australian GLBTIQ individual/groups from a multicultural background. It does this primarily by recognising the interests of GLBTIQ multicultural individuals/groups and raising their profile within the wider GLBTIQ and multicultural communities. The AGMC Inc. encourages the participation and contribution of GLBTIQ from a Multicultural background within GLBTIQ and multicultural communities. It aims to promote, enable and disseminate knowledge on issues relevant to GLBTIQ multicultural individuals/groups through discussion, research, publishing and other means. In addition the AGMC Inc. encourages and supports the formation and growth of GLBTIQ multicultural groups. GLBTIQ MULTICULTURAL DIRECTORY: http://www.agmc.org.au/resources/
LGBTI Communities, Ageing and Dementia – Alzheimer’s Australia is committed to ensuring that the needs of people from LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) communities are met in all aspects of service provision, information, support and education. Please follow the link to a LGBTI training video and further LGBTI / Dementia resources.
Intersex Human Rights Australia – an independent support, education and policy development organisation, by and for people with intersex variations or traits. Our work focuses on human rights, bodily autonomy and self-determination, and on evidence-based, patient-directed healthcare. Until March 2018, we were known as OII Australia (or, in full, Organisation Intersex International Australia).
Bisexual Alliance Victoria Inc – a non-profit volunteer-run organisation dedicated to promoting the acceptance of bisexuals* in LGBTI and mainstream society, providing a fun, safe space where bisexuals can meet, make friends, and talk about their experiences, and informing the bisexual community about relevant news and opportunities for activism.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission – lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights: We know that people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) community continue to face discrimination in many areas of life, despite decades of equal opportunity laws in Victoria. This is why the Commission works to raise awareness of the issues central to the LGBTI community. The Commission: works with rights holders to have a targeted impact works with duty holders to have a systemic impact leads the community conversation to help everyone take action and support equality.
Rainbow Network – empowering you to provide safer, more inclusive services for young same sex attracted, intersex, trans and gender diverse Victorians.
Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia – a charitable foundation whose purpose is to provide funds for charitable activities/organisations which have as their sole or chief purpose/outcome, the good and betterment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex people and allied communities, in Australia.
Switchboard Victoria (Telephone counselling, information and referrals). Melbourne: 03 9663 2939 Regional Victoria & Tasmania: 1800 184 527 Now available 3pm – midnight 7 days a week. Switchboard is a volunteer organisation which provides a free, confidential and anonymous telephone counselling, referral and information service for the Victorian and Tasmanian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities and their supporters. The telephones are answered by trained volunteers who themselves identify as LGBTIQ and we receive calls from a wide range of people. Switchboard is a partner in QLife Australia and also provide a volunteer service, Out and About , a volunteer based home visiting service for older LGBTIQ Victorians. There is also webchat counselling available at https://qlife.org.au/about-q-life/#contact Qlife Database: https://qlife.org.au/resources Out & About is part of the national Community Visitor Scheme (CVS) program funded by the Federal Government. The program provides companionship to socially or culturally isolated people who are living in Government-subsidised aged care homes or receiving a Home Care Package. Switchboard is the only program in Victoria which provides CVS visitors specifically for LGBTI people.