Practice Connect Celebrate Stream

Working within the communities, organisations and roles that we do requires balance in many areas that cannot often be taught from textbooks. Life and practice-based learnings let us innovate and teach us how to do our jobs well. As experience grows over time, so do the skills and tools that allow each of us to continue to do the work that we do.

This stream encourages the sharing of those skills and tools. It aims to bring a focus to areas where we use what we know to innovate with our clients and communities; where we practice activism through support; where we practice and focus on self-care and sustainability of self while serving the communities in which we live; and on ways to find inspiration in the everyday.

This stream is about peer-based learning, support, and celebrating the achievements of our everyday work.

More about the conference streams.

The Personal Meets the Professional in Townsville

Half way between Brisbane and Cape York is the regional city of Townsville with nearly 200,000 people. Home to the Bindal and Wulgurukaba people, Townsville is a diverse community. In the past it has been labelled as homophobic, ‘red neck’ and in 1999 a ‘hate’ campaign resulted in the Queensland Aids Council building was bombed in Townsville…

Build, Connect, Belong: Creating communities for meaningful connections

Connection and belonging play an important role in supporting our mental health and well-being and in reducing suicide in our community. But for many LGBTIQ people inclusion and acceptance can be hard to find because as LGBTIQ people we often aren’t fortunate enough to be born into our community and rarely does our nuclear family reflect our identity…

Thriving in the Margins

This workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities of therapists who both come from and work with the more ‘excluded’ members of the LGBTIQ communities. We will comment on the lack of discourse about this reality…

Freedom Centre’s ‘Junior aGender’

Freedom Centre (FC) is a peer support and information service for young LGBTIQ+ people in Perth, Western Australia that aims to promote mental health and prevent suicide and mental illness…