Conference Streams

The streams for HiD2018 are:

These four streams challenge us to ask big questions, acknowledge and confront our limitations, and listen deeply. Through each stream we will explore possibilities for health and wellbeing while providing space for a variety of presentation styles and perspectives.

Each stream welcomes contributions from a wide range of themes and topic areas, including (but not limited to):

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples End of life care and supports Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
Ageing & Aged Care Family Religion & Spirituality
Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drugs Fear, phobia, stigma, & discrimination Research
Bisexuality Gay mens health Sport
Cultural & Linguistic Diversity Identities Social determinants of health
Data & Data Collection Inclusive practice Trans/gender health
Digital & E-mental health Health across the lifespan And more!
Disability Intersex
Domestic and intimate partner violence Lesbian health

Stream 1: Country

This Health in Difference is a place where we can engage in the difficult work of collectively exploring our communities’, organisations, and individual relationships with, and connections to, Country.

We live and work on colonised lands – lands that we never ceded by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations. We therefore live with the impacts and legacies of ongoing violence, cultural destruction, and loss. Here there is potential for rich lessons to be learned. Lessons that may benefit all of our futures – if we have the courage to make a place and time for it.

Please join us as we respectfully step into a deepening recognition of Country and the many links between, place, land, language, culture, family, health and wellbeing. This is a very special opportunity to hear from leaders whose lives and work bring together Country and the rich diversity of genders, bodies, relationships that make up this place.

“When we talk about traditional ‘Country’…we mean something beyond the dictionary definition of the word. For Aboriginal Australians…we might mean homeland, or tribal or clan area and we might mean more than just a place on the map. For us, Country is a word for all the values, places, resources, stories and cultural obligations associated with that area and its features. It describes the entirety of our ancestral domains.” Professor Mick Dodson.

“Country is much more than a place… Country is family, culture, identity. Country is self.” Ambelin Kwaymullina

Stream 2: Communities

Our lives are lived in, and move through, multiple communities and community spaces. This stream dispels the myth that there is a single ‘LGBTI community’ by celebrating the vast diversity of communities of which we are a part. This is the place where stories emerge and where the particular detail of real lives are considered in light of health.

Presentations in this stream:

  • explore themes of belonging and inter/connectedness
  • give voice to lived experience and embodied wisdom
  • reveal and demonstrate the innovative work of leading community organisations working with LGBTIQA+ people
  • explore the ways in which genders, bodies, relationships and sexualities contribute to, or are challenged by community.

Stream 3: Contexts

Inclusion, equity, and equality: This past decade has been a time when our collective understanding about health has matured. The fierce advocacy and responsiveness fostered by the challenges of HIV/AIDS has grown into a wider awareness of the complex intersections between identity, gender, sexuality, relationships, health, and culture – for all Australians. ‘LGBTI Health’ has emerged as a broad and inclusive field encompassing the whole of the life span and incorporating the many critical moments lived along the way.

Presentations in this stream:

  • explore intersectional perspectives on LGBTIQA+ health
  • focus on the latest research and data
  • articulate stories of history and activism
  • provide an essential frame within which to more deeply understand LGBTIQA+ health and wellbeing in Australia
  • engage with and unpack key aspects of policy, research, and evidence

Stream 4: Capacity

In 2018 Health in Difference will offer an entire stream dedicated to cross-sector capacity building and professional development.

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend practical workshops led by experts from around Australia. This is a rare opportunity for intensive learning in a conference environment.

Workshops will explore topics such as:

  • Inclusive practice for mainstream organisations
  • Policy and strategy development
  • Community resilience during times of social change
  • Introductions to working with LGBTI people and communities