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    And the winner is...

    Congratulations to Wellways Tasmania who were presented with The Dorothies Award for inclusive practice in mental health care for 2017. The selection panel agreed the work they have been doing encompassing policy, staff training, and creating a welcoming environment - with a lot of that work being lead from the Burnie office - demonstrated they were leading the way as an inclusive mental health care service in Tasmania.

    Wellways receiving The Dorothies Award. L-R Susan Ditter (WIO EO), Georgie Harman (CEO beyondblue), Charles (Wellways)

     

     

     

    Tasmanian Government Apology for Former Gay and Transgender Criminal Laws and Legislation to Expunge Criminal Records

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    TODAY, Thursday April 13th at 3pm, Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman will offer an apology to those people convicted under Tasmania's former anti-gay and anti-transgender laws. If you can, please come to Parliament to witness this historic apology. Will Hodgman was the first leader of an Australian Government to commit to an apology, back in 2015, and he will be the first Liberal leader to offer one. The apology coincides with debate on legislation to expunge historic gay and transgender convictions, and the 20th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality on May 1st, 1997. We hope to see you there, or you can watch/listen online HERE, or read the transcript HERE.

     

     

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    Safe Schools Tasmania, in partnership with the Department of Education's Professional Learning Institute (PLI), is presenting a series of workshops for Tasmanian teachers and support staff to develop their skills and confidence in providing safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTI members of their school communities. 

    The first workshop, targeted towards teachers and titled Facilitating Inclusion: How to start and sustain a LGBTIQ and allies group at schoollooks into how diversity groups contribute to making schools safer for all students, but in particular LGBTI students. Students who have a diversity group at their school report lower levels of victimisation and harassment, and greater feeling of safety and belonging. Click on the workshop title for more information or to register.

    The second series of workshops is targeted more towards school psychologists, social workers, and nurses who play a critical role in addressing the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ students, and families. Titled “It’s Just A Phase”: LGBTIQ students and families support needs in schoolsthis workshop is intended to build confidence and awareness in the use of inclusive language and practices that will contribute to creating a more positive school experience through reducing isolation.

    If you teach in Tasmania, or support students in Tasmanian schools, these workshops will give you some valuable knowledge and skills that you won't get anywhere else. Please follow the link (in the workshop titles) to find out more and to register.

     

     

    Silver Rainbow LGBTI Aged Care Training

    Over the past two and a half years WIO has been delivering the Federally funded LGBTI Aged Care Training program across the state. As we draw to the end of this round of funding, please contact Sue at WIO (sue@workingitout.org.au) ASAP to arrange training for your aged care service provider.

     

     

    National LGBTI Aged Care Awareness Training Project

    A partnership application between Working It Out (WIO) and the Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases (TasCAHRD) has been successful.  WIO and TasCAHRD will deliver LGBTI Aged Care Awareness Training across Tasmania over the next three years.

    Glenview Community Services are Inclusive Service Delivery Provider of the year in Working it Out’s Dorothies Awards.  Glenview is at the forefront of inclusive care and holds Working it Out training for all staff as a condition of employment.  CEO Lucy O’Flaherty said “ageing is the biggest issue that society is facing and it is important to embrace sex and sexuality in an ageing context.”

    In December 2012 the Australian Government released the first National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy. www.lgbtihealth.org.au/ageing  This Strategy, the first of its kind in the world, considers a number of goals including the need for training for Australia’s aged care workforce.

    The Australian Department of Health and Ageing have provided funding to the National LGBTI Health Alliance to co-ordinate a national training project in LGBTI awareness for the aged care sector.  The aim of the Project is to deliver a national rollout of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) aged care awareness training to a broad range of residential and other aged care providers and/or associated aged care staff.

    There are three components to the Project:

    The training will cover the diversity of LGBTI Tasmanians and reflect the broad diversity of the aged care sector and will be adapted to the local context and need.  The values of TasCAHRD and Working It Out closely align, focusing on supporting LGBT and I people and communities to have control over their health and well being. A partnership between two organisations with such closely aligned purposes greatly increases the capacity to deliver this project.

    Council on the Ageing (COTA) Tasmania CEO, Sue Leitch and Aged & Community Services Tasmania CEO, Darren Mathewson congratulate Working It Out and TASCHARD  on their partnership to deliver Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex awareness for the aged care sector in Tasmania.  COTA has been supportive of this important component of the Aged Care reforms and is delighted to see this addressed in the Tasmanian sector.  Aged & Community Services Tasmania (ACST) as the peak body for aged care providers will work closely with WIO and TasCAHRD to ensure this training is available to their aged care organisations delivering a diversity of services across all communities of Tasmania.

    The training will be delivered in four regions of Tasmania over the three year project with 2 visits to each region within a 12 month period.  This will enable some face to face support and networking with agencies during the second visit and ensure sustainability of the outcomes across the sector.