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There is very little locally-specific information and guidance available for services that work with young people on how best to support someone who is both Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Asexual (LGBTQA+).

 

This means that young people (14-25 years) who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTQA+ may not receive the same level of social support and health care as other members of the community.

This project has 3 phases:

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We have decided to use the acronym LGBTQA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Asexual, plus), but we acknowledge and welcome all members of the community.

Wanju (Welcome)

 

Walkern Katatdjin is a national research project that aims to understand and promote the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Asexual +) young people, and to work with services to develop appropriate interventions.

'Walkern Katatdjin' roughly translates to 'Rainbow Knowledge' in the Noongar language.

Link to full article

This year our team collabed with Youth Pride Network, along with young LGBTQA+ mob and Elders to produce Tiktok resources for the community

This year our team collabed with Youth Pride Network, along with young LGBTQA+ mob and local Elders to produce Tiktok resources for the community

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  • Facebook
  • TikTok

We are looking for people who are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ mob to join our Governance Committee and Youth Advisory Group.

Members of the Youth Advisory Group will guide the research design, recruitment, data analysis, reports and publications and data management.

To join the Youth Advisory Group, you must be:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

  • LGBTQA+

  • 14-25 years old.

 

See here for more information about joining the Youth Advisory Group.

The Governance Committee will oversee the Walkern Katatdjin project design, procedures, data management, and translation of findings to ensure meaningful impacts from the project.

 

Applicants should be:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

  • LGBTQA+

  • Experienced in healthcare, community work, activism or other related fields.

 

To find out more about the role of the Governance Committee click here.

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Find Support

If you're feeling distressed or overwhelmed, we encourage you seek help and support.

We've put together this handy list of places you can go for support for your mental health and social emotional wellbeing.

Resources

Our team has been working hard to produce these resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people, their families, friends, and service providers.

Community Organisations

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ community groups across Australia offer support and belonging. We've put together a list of community groups across Australia.

Latest

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Bep Uink

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Braden Hill

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Shakara Liddelow-Hunt

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Lily Hayward

Artwork by Skye Milton

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Visit About the Artists to learn more about the artwork we commissioned for this project

Our team members' institutions

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Our supporting organisations:

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