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La Trobe University City Campus

360 Collins Street

Level 3

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Rainbow Network and HEY partners present this interactive full day forum in which we share research, practice wisdom and lived experience to develop our capacity to create safe, welcoming and relevant opportunities for LGBTIQ+ young people to explore their identities, experiences and wellbeing.

The first half of the day will be a series of keynotes, presentations and workshops followed by,

Rainbow Networks community of practice group where we will explore our own practice successes and challenges with a focus on the theme of the day- the mental health and wellbeing of the young people we work with.

Who should attend: youth workers, school counsellors, LGBTIQ+ specific service providers for young people, youth mental health workers, and any service providers working with and supporting children and young people and their families.

Presenters include;

  • Chris Pepping is a Clinical psychologist and researcher at La Trobe University with a focus on LGBTIQ mental health and intervention.
  • Julia Taylor led the Who I Am study, one of the largest ever studies on the mental health of people who are attracted to more than one gender, which aims to shed light on the little understood reasons behind the high prevalence of poor mental health in the bisexual and pansexual population.
  • Dr Andrea Waling is an interdisciplinary researcher and lecturer specialising in LGBTI issues, men and masculinity studies, raunch culture and sexualisation, and studies in gender and sexuality and she is recognised as a 'Rising Scholar in the Field of Sexuality' by The Society for Sexuality Studies.
  • Understanding LGBTI Lives in Crisis; In partnership with Lifeline Australia, this project investigated the needs of LGBTI Australians regarding crisis support services. This talk will detail emerging findings from the Understanding LGBTI Lives in Crisis project, exploring how LGBTI persons manage mental health crises or personal crises, and why they may or may not use certain services and support systems, and their perceptions and experiences of the barriers preventing access to crisis support, and mental health support services.
  • Josh Muller (he/him) from Mind Equality Centre is a registered psychologist passionate about LGBTQIA+ health and wellbeing. While specialising in gender, sex, and sexuality, he works across the lifespan and a broad range of issues affecting his client’s lives.
  • Josh will lead us through some complex case examples of trans and gender diverse young people 16-25 to discuss blind-spots, possible supports, and how to best aid these young people in surviving and thriving through transition into adulthood and their best gender.
  • Youth panel- young people will generously share about their experiences of mental health, the services and supports and what good practice looks like to them.

Lunch provided.

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La Trobe University City Campus

360 Collins Street

Level 3

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Australia

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