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If you have any questions or would like more information you can contact the project team here:

Email: Rainbow.Knowledge@telethonkids.org.au

Phone: (08) 6319 1062

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Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that this research is taking place on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk Noongar people (Perth) and the Darug, Tharawal, Gandangarra and Wiradjuri people (Sydney). We pay our respect to the Elders past, present and emerging.

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About the Project

There is very little locally-specific guidance available for services on how best to support a young person who is both Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual or other (LGBTQA+). This means that young people (14-25 years) who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and LGBTQA+ may not receive the same level of health care as other members of the community.

Young people who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and LGBTQA+ may be at increased risk of poor social emotional wellbeing and increased mental health difficulties, but there is very little research currently. This is an opportunity for researchers to talk to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and LGBTQA+ young people to:

  • understand their mental health needs and social emotional wellbeing, and

  • work with local health services to develop interventions that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and LGBTQA+ young people say will support them.

 

Aims

  • Better understand risk and protective factors for poor social emotional wellbeing and mental health among Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people

  • Learn how health services can support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young peoples’ mental health and social emotional wellbeing

  • Document risk factors for poor social emotional wellbeing and mental health among Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people

  • Understand similarities and differences in local community responses to the needs of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people

  • Co-design place-specific interventions to meet the mental health and social emotional wellbeing needs of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people.

 

Research Methods

The project consists of 3 phases.

Phase 1: Yarn-up groups and in-depth narrative interviews in various sites around Australia. Currently we are recruiting for Perth and Greater Western Sydney.

Phase 2: National online survey of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people.

Phase 3: Co-designing interventions to improve the social emotional wellbeing and mental health of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people.

Ethics

This project has been approved by the Western Australian Aboriginal Health Ethics Committee (WAAHEC) and the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of New South Wales.

WAAHEC ethics permit #910.

NSW AHMRC ethics permit #1536/19.

 

Governance

This project is overseen by a Youth Advisory Group made up of 11 young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LBGTQA+ people, and a Governance Committee made up of 6 respected Aboriginal LGBTQA+ people in the local community.

 

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If you're interested in participating in the study, or just want to know more, click here for more information.

Click here to read some of the excellent work we've used to build the background of the study.

If you'd like to see some of the writing that's come out of this project, click here.