Looking Forward: GLBT Health Responses
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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.

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