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Further Reading

If you’re interested in finding out more about the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ people, sexual and gender diversity in Australia, or the methodology used in the project, see some of the following sources:


The Healing Foundation 2015 Sexuality and gender diverse populations (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and intersex – LGBTQI). Roundtable report. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project; 20 p.

Introduces major themes in understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI mental health and suicide, and identifies the need for further research.


Rosenstreich G. & Goldner S. 2010 Inclusion and exclusion: Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, trans and intersex voices at the health in difference conference 2010. Gay and Lesbian Issues in Psychology Review. vol. 6, no. 3, pp.139-149

Discusses the complexities and possible strategies for ‘doing diversity’ at the Health in Difference conference. References discussions by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTI presenters at the conference to illustrate the challenges that may arise from being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and LGBTI.


Kerry S.C. 2017 Transgender people in Australia’s Northern Territory. International Journal of Transgenderism [Internet]. vol.18, no. 2, pp.129-139

A survey concerning LGBTQI people from the Northern Territory, with a focus on the experiences of transgender and sex/gender diverse people. Discusses interpersonal relationships, health, gender status and their experiences of life in the Northern Territory. Includes both Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants. 

Bessareb D. & Ng'andu B. 2010 Yarning About Yarning as a Legitimate Method in Indigenous Research. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies. vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 37-51

Introduces the yarning methodology and discusses its use among Indigenous peoples in Western Australia and Botswana.

Abbott P., Sherwood J., Bond C. & Eades A.M. 2019 A collaborative yarn on qualitative health research with Aboriginal communities. Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin. vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 1-7

Discusses important elements of Indigenous research. Focus on genuine engagement with Aboriginal people and communities and respect for Indigenous knowledge. Some considerations of methodology and discussion of yarning included.

These sources were used in compiling the background for this study and informing its focus and methodology. They do not directly report on the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people, which is currently a gap in the literature. This is not an exhaustive list. If you would like to find out more about the background literature for this project, please email Shakara Liddelow-Hunt at or call (08) 6319 1062.

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We acknowledge that this research is taking place on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk Noongar people. We pay our respect to the Elders past, present and emerging.

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