Looking Forward: GLBT Health Responses :  An overview of GLBT health promotion programs at ACON and QAHC: Work to-date and...
Overview <ul><li>LGBT Health & Social Exclusion </li></ul><ul><li>QAHC </li></ul><ul><li>ACON </li></ul><ul><li>National G...
GLBT Health
General Health <ul><li>Lesbians and transgender people score their health lower. </li></ul>
Overweight & Obese <ul><li>Gay men are less likely to be overweight or obese, but more likely to be underweight  </li></ul...
Tobacco <ul><li>LGBT people smoke tobacco more often. </li></ul>
Drugs <ul><li>LGBT people use more drugs more often. </li></ul>
Mental Health <ul><li>LGBT people suffer higher rates of depression and anxiety.   </li></ul>
Social Determinants: HIV Homophobia, Stigma, Discrimination HIV & STI infections Sexual Risk Taking, Drug & Alcohol Use, P...
Other Issues Homophobia, Stigma, Discrimination HIV & STI infections Upstream Downstream Suicide Chronic Disease Cancer
Social Exclusion <ul><li>38% of Queenslanders believe homosexuality is immoral. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This increases to 50...
Social Exclusion <ul><li>48% of LGBT Queenslanders feel ‘very’ or ‘mostly’ connected to the broader community in their eve...
Layers of Influence
QuAC to QAHC
Context <ul><li>Discussion on impact of wider health issues and social determinants on HIV for gay men. </li></ul><ul><li>...
Transition <ul><li>Consultation with communities    wanted to see organisation address wider range of health issues for a...
What does QAHC do? <ul><li>Sexual Health Program </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HIV, Hep C & Sexual Health promotion for gay me...
What does QAHC Do? <ul><li>Community Development  (cross-cutting theme)‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Building & strengthenin...
Future Plans (Dreams)‏ <ul><li>Sexual Health </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expand beyond gay men    lesbians & trans </li></u...
Challenges <ul><li>Lack of recognition of LGBT as a population in need. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of new financial resources ...
Successes <ul><li>Re-engagement with wider range of LGBT communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased energy and enthusiasm fo...
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An overview of GLBT health promotion programs at ACON and QAHC: Work to-date and a forward agenda. This presentation was given at the 2008 AFAO HV Educators Conference.

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  1. 1. Looking Forward: GLBT Health Responses : An overview of GLBT health promotion programs at ACON and QAHC: Work to-date and a forward agenda 2008 AFAO HIV Educators Conference - ‘ Gay Men’s Lives’
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>LGBT Health & Social Exclusion </li></ul><ul><li>QAHC </li></ul><ul><li>ACON </li></ul><ul><li>National GLBT Health Alliance </li></ul>
  3. 3. GLBT Health
  4. 4. General Health <ul><li>Lesbians and transgender people score their health lower. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Overweight & Obese <ul><li>Gay men are less likely to be overweight or obese, but more likely to be underweight </li></ul><ul><li>Lesbians are more likely to be overweight or obese. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Tobacco <ul><li>LGBT people smoke tobacco more often. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Drugs <ul><li>LGBT people use more drugs more often. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Mental Health <ul><li>LGBT people suffer higher rates of depression and anxiety. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Social Determinants: HIV Homophobia, Stigma, Discrimination HIV & STI infections Sexual Risk Taking, Drug & Alcohol Use, Poor Self-esteem Upstream Midstream Downstream
  10. 10. Other Issues Homophobia, Stigma, Discrimination HIV & STI infections Upstream Downstream Suicide Chronic Disease Cancer
  11. 11. Social Exclusion <ul><li>38% of Queenslanders believe homosexuality is immoral. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This increases to 50% in some regions of Queensland, the highest in Australia . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>25% of Australians would not want a gay neighbour. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5% would not want person of different race. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>70% of LGBT Queenslanders, at least sometimes, modify their daily behaviour for fear of prejudice or discrimination. </li></ul><ul><li>60% of LGBT Queenslanders have experienced personal insults or verbal abuse and 15% have experienced a physical attack or other kinds of violence. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Social Exclusion <ul><li>48% of LGBT Queenslanders feel ‘very’ or ‘mostly’ connected to the broader community in their everyday lives. </li></ul><ul><li>22% of LGBT Queenslanders feel ‘very’ or ‘mostly’ connected to the lesbian & gay community in their everyday lives. </li></ul><ul><li>44% of same sex attracted young people had experienced verbal abuse and 15% had been physically assaulted. </li></ul><ul><li>87% of LGBT Queenslanders believe there is not enough representation of LGBT people in mainstream ageing campaigns/media. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Layers of Influence
  14. 14. QuAC to QAHC
  15. 15. Context <ul><li>Discussion on impact of wider health issues and social determinants on HIV for gay men. </li></ul><ul><li>Lost contract for Care & Support Services + Qld Positive People become independent organisation. </li></ul><ul><li>Where to now for QuAC? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Transition <ul><li>Consultation with communities  wanted to see organisation address wider range of health issues for all in the LGBT communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Change of name, logo, objects, structure and profile. </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbying government to support LGBT health and community initiatives. </li></ul>
  17. 17. What does QAHC do? <ul><li>Sexual Health Program </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HIV, Hep C & Sexual Health promotion for gay men and other men who have sex with men. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2 Spirits Program </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strong focus on A&TSI gay men and sistergirls </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Works with entire A&TSI community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>LGBT Health Program </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Delivering LGBT awareness training for </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>workers in health care and social services. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LGBT Ageing Action Group </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. What does QAHC Do? <ul><li>Community Development (cross-cutting theme)‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Building & strengthening the LGBT community and developing supportive networks. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Advocacy & Public Policy </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Qld Health LGBT Health Issues Working Group </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Future Plans (Dreams)‏ <ul><li>Sexual Health </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expand beyond gay men  lesbians & trans </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2 Spirits </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expand beyond sexual health  D&A, cultural development, youth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>LGBT Health </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs + Mental Health Co-ordinators </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Client Services Program </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>counselling & therapeutic services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>assessment and/or client care co-ordination </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>complementary therapies </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Challenges <ul><li>Lack of recognition of LGBT as a population in need. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of new financial resources (especially in current climate). </li></ul><ul><li>High expectations on QAHC and staff. </li></ul><ul><li>Limited capacity to respond to request/opportunities. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Successes <ul><li>Re-engagement with wider range of LGBT communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased energy and enthusiasm for QAHC and what we can do. </li></ul><ul><li>Policy & financial support from Qld Health for wider LGBT issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Mainstream organisations approaching us for partnership work. </li></ul><ul><li>LGBT Resource Centres (Brisbane, Maroochydore, Cairns)‏ </li></ul>
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