The diversity of cultures across Australia contributes to the multi-cultural society of which people live and grow. Within this broad interpretation of Australian culture different populations have their own interpretations of what attributes to positive well-being. This includes work, family and home life and how we each expect to be treated, loved and respected by those we care about and who care about us. However, for many of us pain and humiliation from domestic and family violence (DFV) prevents us from living a healthy emotionally balanced life instead causing a breakdown in our social and emotional well-being. DFV comes in many forms and doesnÛªt discriminate. Current mainstream data sets for mental health or social emotional well-being and suicide have long since highlighted the statistical evidence between DFV and other forms of harm such as sexual violence, bullying and interpersonal violence more broadly. The fact that there is currently minimal data identifying the levels of DFV impacting on the mental health or social emotional well-being of LGBTQI or sexuality and gender diverse peoples’, specifically the First Peoples’, is not hidden. Without substantial data there are insufficient policies and culturally inappropriate services addressing this issue. Recently, a survey undertaken at the National Suicide Prevention Australia Conference, titled ‘Our Well-Being Matters: Sexuality and Gender diverse or LGBTQI populations’ social and emotional well-being counts’ aimed to identify issues that impact on sexuality and gender diverse or LGBTQI populations’ social and emotional well-being. This presentation will discuss some of the outcomes from this survey.
Vanessa, Meriam-n-Yupungathi people, social-epidemiologist (PBH-Med.), poet and writer. She has extensive experience in public health research, health policy development and evaluation. Dr Lee’s overarching goal is to improve the health and wellness, determinants of health, efficacy and linkages of services for the First Peoples’ and sexuality and gender diverse populations.