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Women's Health

Drink Limits

Drink Limits is a free six-week therapeutic group looking at alcohol and anxiety for lesbian, bisexual and queer women (cis and trans) and anyone female identifying.



COVID-19 has impacted us all in a number of ways - including LGBTIQ women. Some challenges might seem overwhelming, but we're here to help.

News & Events

Well Well Well (JOY 94.9)

For over 18 years and 900 episodes, Well, Well, Well has been broadcasting on JOY 94.9 - Australia's out and proud community radio station. On air every Thursday night from 9PM, Well Well Well focuses on the health and wellbeing of our LGBTIQA+ and PLHIV communities.

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11 Apr 2019

Autumn 2019 Newsletter

The cooler weather is rolling in and reminding us that the summer festival season is over, but we're keeping busy with an array of activities across the organisation. Check out the latest edition of the newsletter to see what we've been up to. Whether it's supporting the health of women in our LGBTIQ communities or introducing a diverse range of fresh faces to our health promotion campaigns, there's a lot on at the moment. Plus, don't forget to check out the community calendar on the back page for upcoming events.

3 Sep 2019

Dykes on Bikes Rev Up for LGBTIQ Women

For many people in the LGBTIQ community, Dykes on Bikes are known as the loud and proud openers of Pride marches around the world. However, Dykes on Bikes’ contribution to our communities go much deeper.

19 Feb 2020

Women's Advisory Group

We're seeking expressions of interest for our LGBTIQ Women's Advisory Group. This is your chance to play a pivotal role in the development of our women's health and wellbeing services.

8 Dec 2020

5 Questions with Bronwyn Lawman

After having recently joined the Board of Thorne Harbour Health, we chatted to Bronwyn Lawman about her longstanding career in mental health, why she's keen to play an influential role at the organisation, and her love of Abba.

15 Dec 2020

5 Questions with Peggy Kerdo

After making her Thorne Harbour Health debut in the recent annual report A Year Like No Other, Paghona "Peggy" Kerdo answers 5 Questions...

9 Apr 2021

Seeking Faces for new Breast Screening Campaign

Alongside BreastScreen Victoria, Thorne Harbour Health is working on a new campaign and needs your help in finding volunteers to take part.

15 Jun 2021

2021 Order of Australia Honours

This week the Governor-General recognised the remarkable contributions of Australians across the country with the release of the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List. Three women from the Thorne Harbour Health community were recognised for their longstanding work – Dr Liz Crock, Associate Professor Edwina Wright, and Thorne Harbour President Janet Jukes. 

9 May 2022

A New Face Behind Therapeutic Services

We recently welcomed Alyssha Fooks to Thorne Harbour Health as the Manager of Therapeutic Services and Capacity Building. With a portfolio that includes family violence, counselling, alcohol and other drug use, and building the capacity of mainstream services – Alyssha took a moment to talk about her work and coming to Thorne Harbour.

8 Mar 2023

Let’s talk about LGBTIQ+ Women

For International Women's Day 2023, Thorne Harbour Health Acting CEO, Carolyn Gillespie, takes a moment to celebrate LGBTIQ+ women in our communities and acknowledge the need to keep the conversation going about their health and wellbeing.

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Media Releases

1 Oct 2021

National Conference To Explore Health, Wellbeing And Safety Of LGBTIQ Women

The health, wellbeing and safety of LGBTIQ women in Australia will be in sharp focus at a national virtual conference to be held in November.Experts, researchers, advocates, health professionals, service providers, and sexuality and gender diverse community members and allies from around the country will converge online for the LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference on Thursday 4 November to address health issues such as sexual and gender identity, sexual health, mental health, violence and safety, tobacco and drug use, alcohol consumption, cancer screening behaviours and more.The fifth LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference is presented by two of Australia’s leading sexuality and gender diverse health organisations: ACON in NSW and Thorne Harbour Health in Victoria and South Australia. The event is the only conference held in Australia dedicated to exploring the health and wellbeing of women in LGBTIQ communities.Karen Price, Deputy CEO of ACON, said the conference offers an opportunity for those involved in improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ women to participate in discussions, share insights, increase knowledge and learn more about contemporary responses to addressing key issues and challenges.“Prior to the impact of COVID-19, ACON and our partner Thorne Harbour Health had been building important momentum with a regular, focussed opportunity for people to come together and put the spotlight on significant issues that impact LGBTIQ women’s lives. These conferences were rich and inspiring, covering diverse content, health issues, bodies and lived experiences,” Price said.“We’re excited to be back in 2021 for our first virtual LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference, once again bringing health, social and other pressing issues impacting LGBTIQ women into focus.” The program will reflect the conference’s theme – ‘Our Health Matters’ – with the keynote presentation delivered by the research team behind UnLEASH, Australia’s first longitudinal cohort study exploring lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s health and wellbeing and the relationship with smoking, drinking and using drugs. At the conference, researchers will unveil findings from the first of the cohort surveys.The conference will be presented in an online format, allowing for greater accessibility for delegates as well as higher capacity for presenters and speakers to participate in the program. Previous face-to-face conferences have attracted around 400 diverse attendees. This year’s virtual presentation will see the conference engage an even bigger audience and further broaden its reach.Carolyn Gillespie, Thorne Harbour Health Director of Services, said: “Our LGBTIQ women’s communities are rich and diverse. This national conference provides an important place for us to celebrate our communities, showcase contemporary research and best practice, and ensure the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ women are centred in our collective health responses. The fact that the conference is going online this year makes it even easier to participate.”The LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference celebrates meaningful inclusion, diversity and access, aiming to create a safe space to strengthen the health and wellbeing of all LGBTIQ women, including Aboriginal women, Sistergirls, women of colour, intersex women, trans and gender diverse women and women with disabilities.ACON’s Price added: “Over the course of 2021, there have been plenty of discussions of systemic failures to advance women’s safety and equity. Diversity in these stories haven’t always been prominent, so it has never been more important for us to come together. We know we need focussed opportunities that elevate lived experience, expertise, research and ideas to make progress with and for our communities.”The 2021 LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference will be held virtually on Thursday 4 November.Registrations are now open until 3 November.ACON and Thorne Harbour Health aim to make the conference as accessible as possible to everyone in our communities.To register or for more for more information, visit the LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference website at lbq.org.au.The 2021 LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference is supported by the NSW Ministries for Health, Mental Health and Regional Youth and Women, Multicultural NSW, and Lesbians Inc.Follow the conference on Facebook and Twitter and join the conversation using #LGBTIQWHC.####ENDSMEDIA CONTACTSACONDavid Alexander, ACON Media and CommunicationsE: dalexander@acon.org.au M: 0428 477 042Thorne Harbour HealthCaleb Hawk, Thorne Harbour Health Communications ManagerE: Caleb.Hawk@thorneharbour.org T: 03) 9865 6743

26 Sep 2023

Official Program Released for 2023 LGBTIQ+ Women’s Health Conference

The official program for the sixth national LGBTIQ+ Women’s Health Conference has been released today. Presented by Thorne Harbour Health and ACON, the two-day national conference focusing on the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ women returns to Melbourne from 24-25 October 2023.Among this year’s presenters is keynote speaker Dr Autumn Asher BlackDeer. Dr BlackDeer centres Indigenous voices throughout her research as both a queer decolonial scholar-activist from the Southern Cheyenne Nation and an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver.This year’s program features over thirty presentations, discussion panels, and workshops. Program highlights include:Emerging trends and community-led responses to tech-facilitated gender-based violence against LGBTIQ+ womenPrioritising Queer Pleasure WorkshopRainbow Mob Health PanelTrauma-Informed Kickboxing for EverybodyDisability Discussion PanelInhabiting Two Worlds at Once: experiences of LGBTIQ refugee & migrant women in Australia“We hope that this year’s conference reinvigorates the conversation about the mental, physical, sexual, and social health of LGBTIQ+ women across Australia as well as creates a space to celebrate our diversity,” said Rachel Cook, Women’s Health Lead at Thorne Harbour Health and one of the conference organisers.This year’s conference aims to support the wellbeing of attendees with morning yoga and meditation sessions complemented by social events featuring the fabulous Sarah Ward (aka Yana Alana) and Kitty Obsidian.

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TUE Feb 21

Drink Limits




Location: 200 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford VIC

Time: 6.00p.m.

FRI Mar 8

International Women’s Day Morning Tea 2019




Location: Positive Living Centre, 51 Commercial Road, South Yarra VIC

Time: 10.30a.m.

SAT Feb 29

Scope (LGBTIQ Women’s workshop)




Location: Thorne Harbour Health, Level 5, 615 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne.

Time: 1.30p.m.

TUE Mar 26

Enhancing Meaningful Engagement of Women Living with HIV in Research




Location: Positive Living Centre, 51 Commercial Road, South Yarra VIC

Time: 3.30p.m.

SUN Mar 31

Bendigo Pride Festival: LGBTIQ Women's Day




Location: Women's Health Loddon Mallee, 47 Myers St, Bendigo VIC 3550

Time: 11.00a.m.

SUN Jul 30





Location: 200 Hoddle St, Abbotsford VIC 3067

Time: 1.00p.m.

THU Feb 9

Wise Words




Location: Victorian Pride Centre Theatrette, 79-81 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

Time: 6.00p.m.

WED May 27





Location: Online Via Zoom

Time: 6.30p.m.

THU Jul 2

Rattle & Hum




Location: Online Via Zoom

Time: 7.00p.m.

WED Jun 2

Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking




Location: Online

Time: 6.30p.m.

WED Apr 28

Making Trouble - Exploring Our Lesbian History




Location: Online

Time: 6.30p.m.

TUE Oct 26





Location: Online via Zoom

Time: 6.00p.m.

WED Nov 3

LGBTIQ Women's Health Strategy Launch




Location: Online

Time: 6.00p.m.

WED Apr 27

Speak Up: LGBTIQ Women in Regional and Rural Areas




Location: Online

Time: 6.00p.m.

THU Jul 14

ReThink the Drink Launch




Location: Victorian Pride Centre, 9/81 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182

Time: 6.00p.m.

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