MindOut Forum 12 & 13 May - Mindout Forum

MindOut Forums 12 & 13 May 2022

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Pre-Forum Training – How to Talk about Suicide Safely facilitated by Switchboard Australia 

Date/Time: TBC 

Description:  Suicide Safety is a skill. Like all skills, Suicide Safety is acquired through learning.  In this webinar, we share our tools for communicating about suicide in ways that are supportive, purposeful and safe to build your confidence in having direct conversations about suicide. This webinar is suitable for anyone 16+. 

Opening Keynote: Profile in LGBTIQ+ Leadership

Keynote presentation from Joe Ball 

Keynote - Joe Ball (he/him) is the ever passionate and committed CEO of Switchboard Victoria. Joe believes in the need for LGBTIQA+ communities to be in control of our bodies, lives and futures and that LGBTIQA+ community-controlled organisations like Switchboard play an important role in keeping the health of our communities in our hands. Joe will share their experience of how this can be achieved.

Time: 10am AEST, Thursday 12th May

Session 1 – Beyond Urgent: unpacking the National LGBTIQ+ Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Strategy 

In late 2021, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia launched the Beyond Urgent: National LGBTIQ+ Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Strategy, 2021 - 2026. This presentation will discuss the strategic goals and actions required to improve mental health outcomes for LGBTIQ+ people.

Target audience: KGBTIQ+ Health members, broader suicide prevention sector professionals.

Time: 11am – 12:30pm AEST, Thursday 12th May

Session 2 – Unrevealed Leaders: LGBTIQ+ Peer Supporters

Recent reports have demonstrated that the responsibility for providing suicide prevention in LGBTIQ+ communities frequently falls on peers with little or no training in responding to a mental health crisis. Powerful LGBTIQ+ community leaders and changemakers within these peer-led spaces are not always recognised for their efforts. This session is a collection of their stories, speaking to their work as leaders as well as their needs and recommendations.

Target audience: Mainstream mental health professionals, LGBTIQ+ community-controlled organisations and people with lived experience.

Time: 1pm-2:30pm AEST, Thursday 12th May

Session 3 – Educators as Lifelines: LGBTIQ+ Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

This session looks at how educators can be (and have been) integral support for LGBTIQ+ students, staff and families. Educators can often represent a lifeline for students who are struggling and can help shape how students think about the world and their place in it. This session will include a panel discussion with educators from across Australia as well as stories from LGBTIQ+ advocates about the role of Educators in mental health and suicide prevention for LGBTIQ+young people.

Target audience: Mainstream mental health professionals working with young people, teachers, other school professionals and youth services.

This session is facilitated by Priscilla Pham, and includes Kaitlyn Einam and David Rhodes as panellists.

Time: 3pm – 4:30pm AEST, Thursday 12th May  

Session 4 – Leadership in LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Practice for Primary Health Networks  

This session will profile Primary Health Network staff who are already engaged in inclusive practice, and those who are newer to the journey.
– Panellists will discuss how can PHNs work together to create effective LGBTIQ+ inclusion of services and what does best practices look like.

Target audience: Primary Health Networks and community organisations interested in partnerships with PHNs

Time: 11am – 12:30pm AEST,  Friday 13th May

Session 5 – Frontline Workers for Change: LGBTIQ+ Champions Network 

A Champion is an advocate for LGBTIQ+ inclusion in mental health services, developing specialist knowledge of LGBTIQ+ issues and promoting LGBTIQ+ inclusive practice within and outside their specific Organisation. The Champions Network is convened by LGBTIQ+ Health Australia. This session is co-designed by the Champions Network and aims to explore ways we can be changemakers at an organisational level.

Target audience: MindOut Champions Network and organisations interested in collaborating with the Champions network. Sector professionals across the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention service delivery system.

Time: 1pm-2:30pm AEST,  Friday 13th May

Closing Keynote: Profile in LGBTIQ+ Leadership

Keynote presentation from: Dr Vanessa Lee-Ah Mat

Dr Vanessa Lee-Ah Mat (BTD, MPH, PhD, SFHEA) from the Yupungathi and Meriam people. Dr Lee-Ah Mat has over 25 years of experience in cultural governance connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with mainstream services, government departments, and businesses. In 2005, Vanessa was awarded an Australian Government award for Outstanding Citizen in the Torres Strait for her leadership in social impact. Dr Lee-Ah-Mat is the co-chair of the International Lesbian and Gay Association of the Pacific where she leads 22 countries in human rights for the LGBTQ population. In 2021, Vanessa received the Griffith University First People’s, Health Alumnus Award. Vanessa walks between Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations strategically connecting cultures to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and international Indigenous communities with non-Indigenous organisations and world governments.

Time: 4pm AEST,  Friday 13th May



May 12, 2022 at 10:00am - May 13, 2022 (AEDT)

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LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, (formerly the National LGBTI Health Alliance), is 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, intersex and queer people and other sexuality, gender and bodily diverse (LGBTIQ+) people and communities. Dropping the “+” from our name only occurs within digital formats that do not allow mathematical symbols, such as within our domain name, handles and hashtags.
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