Evaluation, 2010

The 2010 Health in Difference conference: Doing Diversity was held from 29th April to 1st May 2010 at the Mercure Hotel in Sydney. We would like to acknowledge and thank the traditional custodians of the land on which we came together, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and pay our respect to their elders, past and present and future.

It was a space to address issues affecting the health and wellbeing of a diverse range of sexuality, sex and gender diverse (LGBTI) communities. We took diversity to mean the multidimensional complexity of LGBTI identities and the social factors that determine so much of LGBTI lives. Health in Difference 2010 allowed constructive and lively debate around how we can do diversity more consciously and respectfully and was itself a space to try to do just that.

The conference was a fantastic success, attracting 212 participants from across Australia and New Zealand. This was the highest number of participants recorded at any of the Health in Difference conferences so far.

Health in Difference 2010 was made possible by the generous financial and in-kind support of our sponsors, who are listed at the bottom of the page. They enabled us to provide scholarships to 32 participants who would not otherwise have been able to attend and ensured diversity among participants. We estimate that approximately 25% of participants identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 13% as ‘Multicultural/CALD’, and between 15-20% as trans, intersex or genderqueer.

In addition to our sponsors, we are indebted to all those others who provided support in-kind, e.g. assisting with proposal selction, and as exhibitors and satchel sponsors.

Health in Difference 2010:

  • provided a forum for discussion, debate, sharing, learning, networking and organising around issues relevant to LGBTI health
  • showcased the work, experiences and learnings of practitioners in the field of LGBTI health
  • helped build connections, collaborations and alliances between practitioners, researchers, policy makers, advocates and community members
  • provided an inclusive, participative, empowering and fun conference experience

Themes

Health in Difference 2010 had the overarching theme and aim of “doing diversity”, and during the conference we addressed a range of key LGBTI health issues, such as mental health, ageing, alcohol and other drugs, violence, parenting, health service access and effective health promotion strategies. The 2010 conference focused on the following five key themes:
Social Inclusion, Exclusion and Resilience: A Social View of Health
Indigenous Health and Wellbeing: Culture, Context and Colonisation
Sex and Gender Diversity: Differences Within Diversity
Community: The Changing Nature of Our Relationships
Politics, Evidence and Practice: Creating Change

The conference program included 6 workshops (interactive 90 minute sessions), 47 papers (30 minute presentations), two associated events (Welcome Reception and Alliance General Meeting) as well as numerous networking sesions. The conference had a strong networking and participation focus.

Participants’ Choice Awards

The following presentations recived ‘participants’ choice’ awards from the Health in Difference National LGBTI Health Conference 2010: Doing Diversity.

Participants voted on their favourite presentation in each theme as part of the conference evaluation. It was a close competition and we’d like to make particular mention of the following 3 presentations, which only missed out in their respective stream by a single vote:

Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all presenters (and participants) for making the 2010 Health in Difference National LGBTI Health Conference an outstanding success.