Highlights

Nana Miss Koori performs Welcome to Country

Nana Miss Koori is performing Welcome to Country with her usual style, flair and joyfulness. She is a pioneer who has represented First Nations LGBTQI on a global stage as a beloved local legend and star.

Find out more about Indigenous Drag Superstar Nana Miss Koori! 

Federal Politics Panel

The panelists will include Senator Andrew Bragg, (Liberal Party of Australia), Senator Louise Pratt, (Australian Labor Party), and Senator Janet Rice, (Australian Greens). The panel will be chaired by Bernie Hobbs, an award winning science writer and presenter.

Nicky Bath, CEO, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia said, “With a federal election in the near future, it is important that we understand the major parties’ commitment to and understanding of LGBTIQ+ people’s health and wellbeing needs.”

Nicky Bath continued, “Health disparities for LGBTIQ+ people are currently remaining the same or getting worse. Currently, there is a lack of national coordination and investment in LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing, despite being identified as a priority population in a number of national strategies and reports.”

With representation from the Liberal Party, Labor and the Greens, join us for this live and interactive session, followed by an online facilitated conversation and networking session for conference participants at 10am (AEST) Thursday 22 April.

This session is included as part of the registration for either or both of our two conferences which will be hosted online over three consecutive Fridays, 16, 23 and 30 April. 

For the first time both conferences will be held concurrently and entirely online allowing participants and speakers to join from across Australia.

“As the conference approaches we’re very excited about the incredibly diverse and respected presenters, panels and participants. We encourage everyone working in LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing, and LGBTI ageing and aged care to join us,” Nicky Bath concluded.

Speakers from the politicians panel include:

Senator Andrew Bragg (he/him)

Senator for New South Wales, Liberal Party of Australia

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Senator Louise Pratt (she/her)

Senator for Western Australia, Australian Labor Party

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Senator Janet Rice (she/her)
Senator for Victoria, Australian Greens
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Chaired by: Bernie Hobbs (she/her)

Bernie Hobbs is an award winning science writer and presenter. She has worked extensively in television (The New Inventors, Catalyst, the experiMENTALS), on radio and online since first joining ABC Science in 1997. She co-presents the podcast Dear Science with Dr Alice Williamson.

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Updates to the program will be posted regularly on the conferences’ websites: www.healthindifference.org | http://www.lgbtiageingconference.com.au/

headshots from the international panel

International panel of LGBTIQ+ activists and leaders.

Guests include, Sarah McBride, Louisa Wall, Rory O’Neill, Eloise Stonbourgh and will be chaired by Australia’s very own Julie McCrossin.

Nicky Bath, CEO, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia said, “LGBTIQ activists and leaders from across the globe inspire us to tackle the hard issues and continue breaking down barriers. They provide us with new ideas and internationally tested strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people.”

Join us for the première of this pre-recorded panel discussing global events, COVID-19, LGBTIQ+ rights and wedge politics followed by an online facilitated conversation and networking session for conference participants at 2pm (AEST) Thursday 22 April.

This session is included as part of the registration for either or both of our two conferences which will be hosted online over three consecutive Fridays, 16, 23 and 30 April. 

For the first time both conferences will be held concurrently and entirely online allowing participants and speakers to join from across Australia.

“The conference programs are very strong and there are interesting satellite sessions as well as interactive online spaces. We encourage everyone working in LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing, and LGBTI ageing and aged care to join us,” Nicky Bath concluded.

Speakers from the international panel include:


Sarah McBride (she/her)

Member of the Delaware State Senate, USA

Sarah McBride is an American activist and politician who is a Democratic member of the Delaware Senate since January 2021. She is currently the National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign. Sarah McBride is the first ever openly transgender state senator in US history.

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Louisa Wall (she/her)


List MP based in South Auckland, New Zealand.

Louisa Wall is the New Zealand Member of Parliament for Manurewa, having stood for the New Zealand Labour Party. She has represented New Zealand in both netball as a Silver Fern and rugby union as a member of the Black Ferns, and is highly significant in the marriage equality movement.

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Dr. Rory O’Neill, aka Panti Bliss (he/him)

Rory O’Neill, also known by his stage name as Panti or Panti Bliss is a drag queen and gay rights activist from Ballinrobe, County Mayo, Ireland.

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Eloise Stonbourgh (she/her)

Associate Director of Policy and Research, Stonewall  

Stonewall is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights charity in the United Kingdom, named after the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City’s Greenwich Village. It is the largest LGBT rights organisation in Europe and was formed in 1989 by political activists and others lobbying against section 28 of the Local Government Act.

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Chaired by: Julie McCrossin (she/her)

Julie is renowned across Australia for her warmth, humour, intelligence and commitment to social justice. After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio, ABC TV and Network 10, she is now a freelance journalist, trainer, speaker and facilitator – both in person and virtually as a webinar host.

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Updates to the program will be posted regularly to the Conference Program.