Themes, 2010


Themes of the 2010 Health in Difference conference are:

  • 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 Natures of Our Relationships
  • Politics, Evidence and Practice: Creating Change

Social Inclusion, Exclusion and Resilience: A Social View of Health

  • How do homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism impact on health and wellbeing? Why do many of us not only survive but live happy and healthy lives? What can the world learn from us?
  • How are human rights linked to health and health service provision? How does a human rights approach affect the paradigms that we work with?
  • How can we improve access to quality health care for all sexuality, sex and gender diverse people? How can we take differences between us into account, such as generations, (dis)ability, location, language, culture, HIV status?

Indigenous Health and Wellbeing: Culture, Context and Colonisation

  • What can we all learn from Indigenous approaches to sexuality, sex and gender diversity?
  • What factors impact on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous sexuality, sex and gender diverse people in different ways to other LGBT communities?
  • How can LGBT communities and services be more inclusive of Indigenous people? How can Indigenous services be more inclusive of sexuality, sex and gender diverse people? What models work for Indigenous LGBT people?

Sex and Gender Diversity: Differences within Diversity

  • What are key health issues for trans and intersex people and others who don’t conform to mainstream understandings of what it is to be male or female? What needs to change?
  • How can the health system and the LGBT community sector work with and for sex and gender diverse people?
  • Given their differences, how can and should we work together around issues relating to sex and gender identity and sexual orientation?

Community: The Changing Natures of Our Relationships

  • How does the shifting and evolving nature of our communities impact on health and wellbeing? How does technology affect our relationships? How do online communities relate to other communities?
  • How do we support diverse families? What is the health impact of legislation regarding same-sex couples? What is the relationship between families of origin and LGBT communities and how does this impact on health and wellbeing? What about reproductive health and rights?
  • How do we learn how to live healthy relationships? How do homophobia, transphobia and biphobia impact on how we relate to ‘the LGBT community’? How do we respond to violence within LGBT relationships and communities?

Politics, Evidence and Practice: Creating Change

  • How can policy agendas, such as the National Women’s and Men’s Health Policies, promote the wellbeing of sexuality, sex and gender diverse people?
  • Does lobbying for improvement have to mean focusing on deficits? How can we balance a strengths-based approach with addressing the real negative health outcomes of many LGBT people?
  • What do we need to know about sexuality, sex and gender diversity? How do we gather knowledge in ways that both provide the evidence policy development requires, and accurately reflects our complex realities?

So, start thinking about what you’d like to present – we’ll be issuing a call for papers later in 2009 – and put the date in your diary!

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