Support

Working It Out

Working It Out provides services designed to meet the needs of people negotiating their gender identity, sexuality, and/or intersex status through individual counselling and/or support, support groups as well as student education and support in schools.  We also provide training in workplaces (including teachers, employers and employees), information for the wider community as well as partnership projects with LGBTI organisations and mainstream services. 

Working It Out recognises the importance of being an out organisation which is creative, flexible and innovative. We are committed to community education and social change principles. We use a collaborative approach and open and respectful communication. We believe in the intrinsic value of all people.

Contact: Executive Officer – Susan Ditter  62 311 200

 

TasCAHRD

TasCAHRD provides state-wide support services to people living with HIV and their families including a drop-in space in Hobart. education and support to people at risk of blood borne viruses and STIs, education and training to the community and service providers. All programs are free of charge.

TasCAHRD works extensively with the LGBTI community across the state. Peers are well represented at board and at staff level. Our work is inclusive. We produce the only gay men’s publication and run the only LGBTI radio show in the state.

Contact:  CEO – Sabine Wagner 62341242

Health Promotions – Tracey Wing 62341242

Rainbow Communities Tasmania Inc (RCT)

RCT is a volunteer organization assisting LGBTIQ people to lead happy and productive lives in their local community. RCT consists of volunteers who are keen to assist in creating a caring and understanding Tasmania. Our role includes providing a service assisting the LGBTIQ population to choose services best suited to their needs. 

SignPost will be a go to space for all LGBTIQ Tasmanians and their families and carers. RCT was instrumental in setting up SignPost for the north of Tasmania. It is very exciting it will now be a state wide service.

Contact: De Murray – 0412931974 (south) or Don Mcdonald (north) – 0438311426

 

Tasmania Police

To find out more about the LGBTI inclusive services and support provided by Tasmania Police, go to their website or click here to download the LGBTI Liaison Officers Brochure.

Contact: Email – Inspector Robert Blackwood

Phone – 131 444 or triple zero (000) in an emergency and ask to speak to an LGBTI Liaison Officer

 

 

 

Ally Network – University of Tasmania

The Ally Network is made up of members of the university community who affirm the inclusion of people of diverse sexuality and gender identities, and provide ‘safe zones’, support and referral for staff and students. Allies are not identified as any particular sexuality or gender identity but are people who value and believe in a safe, inclusive and diverse university. There is no cost associated with services provided by the Ally Network.

The University regularly offers staff and students the opportunity to participate in LGBTI Awareness and Ally Training. Training is conducted by Working It Out.

The Ally Network aims to:
Provide a visible network of identified ALLIES to people of diverse sexualities and gender identities to be agents of change.
Create a safe, nurturing, inclusive, and affirming University environment.
Build a support and advocacy network through education; develop further awareness and visibility of staff and students of diverse sexualities and gender identities and their issues.

Contact: Christene Sytsma or Meg Archer

The Link Youth Health Service

The Link Youth Health Service offers a diverse range of services to improve the health and well being of young people aged 12-25 years in southern Tasmania. Services include brief/crisis interventions, practical support, counselling and support, advocacy, and referral. We deliver psycho-social and clinical services including headspace Hobart and Community Based Mental Health Care Services.

All staff at The Link Youth Health Service have participated in LGBTI champions training. Our policies that address accessibility for all include access and equity, diversity, anti-discrimination and confidentiality. Our organisation has also officially expressed its support for marriage equality.

The Link Youth Service is welcoming of all LGBTI young people and demonstrates that by displaying LGBTI posters and the rainbow flag, promoting and participating in LGBTI events, and supporting and promoting LGBTI friendly services and groups including OUTspace.

We encourage all young people to access services and support, confident that we are inclusive of all diverse sexes, sexual orientations and gender identities.

Contacts: Tania Hunt or Berny Carroll  – 6231 2927

Uniting AgeWell

It’s important that LGBTI people have access to high quality culturally appropriate aged care, and this can be found at Uniting AgeWell (UA). Many UA staff have undertaken LGBTI inclusive practice training and LGBTI policy exists and processes are being updated. Our consumer consultation process ensures preferences are acknowledged and people’s decision to disclose information is respected.

UA is the proud winner of a 2016 Dorothies Award and is currently working toward achieving a Rainbow Tick.

Our services include…

Residential Aged Care and Respite:

Uniting AgeWell offers high quality clinical care, allied health, and a lifestyle and activity program, all which enable people to age well. The Department of Human Services determines what you may be asked to contribute toward your care and accommodation. A fees estimator is available from: myagedcare.gov.au

Tasmanian Residential Facilities:

Strathdevon, Latrobe – Elle Baldock  6426 2844

Aldersgate Village, Newnham – Lucy Walters  6323 8200

Aldersgate Kings Meadows – Gaylene Morris  6341 1400

Ningana, Sorell – Mardi Free or Robyn Barnes  6269 1000

Strathaven, Rosetta – Kim Fisher 6208 3208

Strathglen, Berriedale – Heather Larter  6249 8766

Queenborough Rise, Sandy Bay – Birute Wojcik  6283 4000

Lillian Martin, Mornington – Helen Gillon 6282 1111

Day Respite:

UA day respite programs provide opportunities for older people in our community to meet and mix with others through social and leisure activities and outings. For information on costs please contact the services below.

The Platypus Club, Latrobe – Linda King  6426 2844 or Peter Cullen  6343 3933. 

Sunnybrae Club, Launceston – Margaret Bowkett  or Peter Cullen  6343 3933.

The Cottage Club, Mornington – Dianne Richards or Lee Marsh  62821150.

Home Care Packages:

UA provides assistance where and when it’s needed so you can continue to live at home safely and independently.

South: Lee Marsh  6282 1193. 

North: Peter Cullen  6341 1400. 

 Independent Retirement Living:

These units are ideal for people who wish to maintain an independent lifestyle within a caring community environment. Various locations across Tasmania. Please contact us for information on costs involved.

South: Leisa Brazendale  6208 3208. 

North: Jane Legard  6341 1400.

For more information visit www.unitingagewell.org, or phone 1300 783 435

 

SHE (Support Help & Empowerment)

SHE is a free and confidential counselling service for people who have experienced or are currently experiencing domestic violence and/or abuse. Our services can be used for as long as it is beneficial to you.

Counsellors are trained in the dynamics of domestic violence and abuse, inclusive of LGBTIQ relationships. We counsel from a strengths-based, trauma-informed perspective. Professional development is ongoing, and includes being informed about issues facing LGBTIQ communities and individuals. 

Domestic violence and abuse is covert in nature. For the LGBTIQ community these dynamics constitute “another closet” to escape from, compromising health and well being. Being conscious of this, we aim to create a space that acknowledges and is welcoming and inclusive of LGBTIQ people.

Testimonial:

“The place is lovely, a house in an ordinary street…made me feel at home…my counsellor got where I was coming from immediately…I didn’t feel judged or blamed.”

Contact: Jane Withers  or Alina Thomas (Executive Officer) 6278 9090

 

Hospice Volunteers South Tas.

Hospice Volunteers South Tas. (HVST) provides trained palliative care volunteer support to people living with and affected by terminal illness in hospital, hospice and residential settings. We also provide bereavement support. Our services are free.

Staff and volunteers have participated in Working It Out’s LGBTI training. HVST policies and practices reflect a commitment to equality, inclusiveness and respect for all.

All individuals irrespective of sexual orientation, gender, race or creed are welcome to enquire about volunteering with us, and to be assessed for volunteer support.  HVST welcomes and celebrates diversity and works to help build an inclusive, informed, connected community.

Contact: Manager – Anna Mackey or Support Officer – Margaret Driessen  62243808

 

ForensiClinic Consulting

ForensiClinic Consulting  offers individual and group support for anxiety, depression, substance use, gender, sexuality, personality, relationships, anger, grief, self-harm, and family and criminal law matters. We feel it’s important for clients to know about the range of psychological support options that are respectful, informed and LGBTI friendly. 

Our practitioners undertake regular supervision and professional development training in the area of inclusive practice. We also consult with and maintain LGBTI friendly professional networks. We use gender neutral pronouns and avoid gender based assumptions about a person’s lifestyle. We are non-judgemental and accepting of every colour of the rainbow. 

Bulk billing is provided to clients with a Mental Health Care Plan who hold a concession card, are full-time students, are unemployed, or struggling financially.

Contact: Dr Georgina O’Donnell or Grant Blake 62345006

 

Carers Tasmania

Carers provide or have provided unpaid care and support to family members or friends who are living with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or terminal illness, or who are frail or aged. Carers Tasmania provides advice, information, referral, education, and emotional and social support to Carers across the state.

Carers Tasmania has a specific peer led support group run for the LGBTIQ community in Hobart. We have information on our website, and include stories from LGBTIQ carers in our magazine where possible. People in caring roles who are LGBTIQ are welcome to share information with us regarding their status if they feel it is relevant and useful to do so, and questions are asked in a way that gives opportunity to do so. All Carers Tasmania staff have participated in cultural awareness training through Working it Out.

Older LGBTIQ people are more likely to be carers or rely on intimate partners and friends to care for them. Based on this and the fact that caring can impact on health and well being, we at Carers Tasmania strongly believe it is important that the LGBTIQ community knows that there are services available to them, and to feel confident to make contact to obtain the support they need.

Contact: Simone Favelle or Rachael Williamson – 6231 5507

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