Why LBQ women don’t use dental dams: Australian research on LBQ women’s sexual health

I had the pleasure of presenting at ACON’s Big Day In. ACON is NSW’s largest community-based gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) health and HIV/AIDS organisation; Big Day In is their annual staff development day. I turned up early to see the L Panel – several of the organisation’s fierce women who work across programs on lesbian and same-sex attracted women health. It was led by the lovely Alan Brotherton – who chairs ACON’s Lesbian Advisory Committee. My role for the day was to give a presentation on some of the work I’ve been doing in LBQ women’s health. I wanted to talk about: What we know about sexual behaviour and sexual health in LBQ women and women’s perceptions of STI risk, and then facilitate a discussion about what these research findings mean for health promotion.

Check out the slides

ACON presents some SWASH findings at APSAD

ACON’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Program team presented some findings from SWASH (the Sydney Women and Sexual Health survey, which I help run), at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference in Hobart.

Great poster and so exciting to see the SWASH findings getting out there:

Have a look at ACON’s new web-based harm reduction campaign, Our Word of Mouth , or watch the first vid in the series below

Lesbian Health Advisory Committee

13 October – I was a founding member of the committee (back when it was a Board Advisory Group) in 2008, and was privileged to be involved in finalising “Turning Point: ACON’s Lesbian Health Strategy”. The strategy is, I think, the first in the world and was developed by the incredibly passionate staff at ACON. It has guided their work since.

After a hiatus in 2010-2011, the committee has restarted. A highlight of last night’s meeting was hearing about the work undertaken within the framework of the strategy. In particular the amazing partnership between ACON and the Cancer Council NSW. Together they have produced a variety of lesbian specific resources, the C-word forum and the long running C-word – a cancer support group for lesbians and their partners, and lesbian identified volunteers on the Cancer Council’s “Cancer Connect” volunteer service. Definitely a model for others.

Check out the kind of services and programs provided by ACON Women’s Health.