We have all witnessed the power of claiming one’s identity. Recent steps to advance the social acceptance of the LGBTI community have given us all more strength to own our identity. And sometimes we are in need of a helping hand to recognise the nuances of complex personal situations in the structures that exist.
This is the case for Aboriginal women who are seeking care from Aboriginal service workers and mainstream LGBTI organisations.
“This funding will allow for greater collaboration between Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and LGBT specific services so that they can work together to support Aboriginal LGBT people in a holistic and culturally appropriate way.
This is an important opportunity as Aboriginal LGBT people often fall through the cracks of service provision, experiencing high levels of isolation and poorer mental health outcomes as a result. It is hoped that this project will assist in creating a service sector that actively welcomes Aboriginal LGBT people while providing relevant and sensitive care.”
Organisation: Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Services Inc (EMH)
Sub Fund: Chris Friday
Aboriginal LGBTI community service-users tend to silo their identity when seeking care. They are either an Aboriginal person or a person who identifies as LGBTI. This disconnect prevents Aboriginal LGBTI people receiving holistic care. This project will increase the capacity of Aboriginal community-based service providers and Aboriginal liaison workers to support Aboriginal LGBTI clients in a way that is respectful, sensitive and relevant to their specific needs. This in turn will strengthen referral pathways between Aboriginal and LGBTI organisations.