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Join the Youth Advisory Group!

Are you a young person (14-25 years old) who is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and LGBTQA+? If so, the research team on the Walkern Katatdjin project would love to hear from you!

Walkern Katatdjin means “Rainbow Knowledge” in Noongar language. The project aims to increase the knowledge around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people’s social emotional wellbeing and mental health, in order to improve the services that are available to support you.

There is very little information and guidance for services that work with young people on how best to support someone who is both Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and LGBTQA+. We are conducting a 3-year project (funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council), which aims to

  • learn more about the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people aged 14-25 and

  • work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people to develop ways of supporting their wellbeing and mental health.


What is the Youth Advisory Group?

Having voices of young people who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and LGBTQA+ is vital to making sure this research project accurately reflects the needs, experiences and priorities of young, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and LGBTQA+ in Australia. We are seeking Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people to join the Youth Advisory Group of the project. This is your opportunity to be actively involved in this important research.

Members of the Youth Advisory Group will be asked to:

  • Provide input and feedback on the research design (interviews, yarning and surveys) and on what we will ask participants about their experiences.

  • Help in recruiting research participants

  • Assist with data analysis and help write and review reports and publications

  • Advise on ways of translating research findings to community members, organisations, health and social services, and other Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people

  • Make decisions about how data from the project can be used


Youth Advisory Group Details

We are looking for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people aged 14 - 25 who are able to meet every 2-3 months over the next 2 years, for approximately 2 hours at a time. Meetings will be via videoconferencing. Two members of the research team will mentor the group and help build research capacity of group members. No previous experience on an advisory group is necessary.


Payment and Location

Members of the group will be paid $30 per hour for their service. We are seeking group members from across Australia, from both metropolitan and regional/rural areas.


How do I apply?

Please send us a paragraph about who you are and why you are interested in being part of the Youth Advisory Group (an Expression Of Interest). EOI’s can be sent to Shakara Liddelow-Hunt, who is a research assistant on the project, at . If you would prefer to give an EOI over the phone, please contact Shakara on 08 6319 1062. Please also feel free to contact Shakara with any questions about the Youth Advisory Group or about the project.


Closing date

There is no closing date for applications. We will be considering EOIs on a case-by-case basis as they arrive and will contact you shortly after.

Get in contact

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

Get help now

If you are in need of help urgently, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14


You can also access support at:


Kids Helpline (free call) 

1800 55 1800

QLife (free call or webchat) 

1800 184 527


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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