October 2020 Newsletter

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eNewsletter - October 2020

 International Lesbian Day 2020

8 October – International Lesbian Day!

October 8 is International Lesbian Day! Held on 8 October, the day acknowledges the rich diversity within our community, and celebrates our stories, culture and history. The day is also an opportunity to knock down some of the stereotypes about what it means to be a lesbian.

At ACON we celebrate the diversity of our communities - all letters of the LGBTQ rainbow. So take a moment today to celebrate all the incredible lesbian women around us, who continue to enrich our communities. 

Find out how you can help celebrate today via Diversity Days:


LGBTQ Aged Care Inclusive Practice Webinar

Upcoming LGBTQ Inclusive Practice for Aged Care Webinar

How good is it to attend a training that hosts up to 30 of your colleagues and still comply with social distancing advice? Providing education and training to staff at every level of the organisation, including the governing body, which includes a specific understanding of the different lived experiences within and amongst L, G, B, T peoples is a foundation step within the current Aged Care Quality Standard Action Plan to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and gender diverse elders.

Through this blended 6-hour training you will take our LGBTQ Introduction eLearning as the pre-requisite to 2 webinars, each for 2.5 hours. Certificate of attendance will be provided for those who complete their learning pathway. Interested? Click on the link below and book your seats.

Upcoming Training Groups:

  • Thursday, 19th of November (Part 1 from 2 PM to 4:30 PM) and Thursday, 26th of November (Part 2 from 2 PM to 4:30 PM) (AEST)

LGBTQ Inclusive Practice Webinar

Upcoming LGBTQ Inclusive Practice Webinar

Do you want to improve your knowledge, skills and confidence when working with people with a diverse gender and/or sexuality? Maybe you just want to gain a better sense of LGBTQ terminology. This training is great for any health and wellbeing service provider looking to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in working with and providing inclusive service to LGBTQ people.

It is all possible by taking this online ALL training! This is a blended approach to learning with self-paced eLearning followed by a webinar facilitated by a qualified ACON facilitator, all to help you expand your understanding of LGBTQ people and communities through discussion with like-minded professionals, video testimonials, and engaging collaborative learning activities.

You can join our public training group or book a private session for your organisation.

Upcoming Session:

November Group:

  • Part 1- Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 2:00PM – 4:30PM (AEST)
  • Part 2- Tuesday, 10 November 2020, 2:00PM – 4:30PM (AEST)

December Group:

  • Part 1- Thursday, 10 August 2020, 10:00AM – 12:30PM (AEST)
  • Part 2- Thursday, 17 August 2020, 10:00AM – 12:30PM (AEST)

LGBTQ Suicide Prevention for GPs

WE NEED 600 GPs to take this Free LGBTQ Suicide Prevention eLearning in NSW!

Let your GP know to take the free training at PrideTraining.org.au

This RACGP CPD activity aims to strengthen understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people and communities and increase your capacity in suicide prevention. It has three parts:

  • LGBTQ Introduction Online Modules
  • LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Online Module
  • Online Case Studies

You will gain 7 CPD points through the following learning outcomes:

  • Communicate appropriately with LGBTQ people based on an understanding of the differences between sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression.
  • Recognise LGBTQ mental health and suicide disparities when consulting with LGBTQ people.
  • Identify and manage suicide risk factors when consulting with LGBTQ persons.
  • Develop and implement practice plans to meet the unique needs of LGBTQ people.
  • Respond to distress and suicidality using tools to effectively assess suicide risk and recommend a culturally appropriate/inclusive referral pathway.

If you are interested to enrol in this training, use the link below for registration.

PIS - Trans inclusion

Pride in Sport Ground-breaking Achievement!

In a world first, eight peak sporting bodies have committed to implementing governance that supports a greater level of inclusion for trans and gender diverse people in their sports, being involved in their game, and they affirm and welcome all other communities.

At a launch held on Thursday 1 October 2020 (9:00am AEST) at the Sydney Cricket Ground, leading national sporting organisations (NSOs) came together to unveil their policies and guidelines relating to the participation of trans and gender diverse people. They welcome trans and gender diverse people in their sport, not just because everyone should be able to play and inclusion is the right thing to do, but because sports benefit from trans athletes, spectators and communities.

We know the virus is having a profound effect on our community. Some are struggling with isolation, depression, disruption to daily lives and fear in this pandemic. For the time being, we are living with a new normal that can feel uncertain and overwhelming. ACON will be hosting this online forum to bring people together, to rally around each other and share stories of resilience, adaption and survival.

Pride in Sport is the only sporting inclusion program specifically designed to assist National and State sporting organisations and clubs with the inclusion of LGBTQ employees, players, coaches, volunteers and spectators. The world-first Pride in Sport Index (PSI) benchmarks and assesses the inclusion of LGBTQ people across all sporting contexts.

To see the list of Pride in Sport members and their inclusion governance and policies, visit the link below:

Intersex Awareness Day 2020

Intersex Awareness Day – October 26

Intersex Awareness Day marks a demonstration outside a medical conference in Boston, USA, where clinicians justified early forced and coercive medical practices.

Forced and coercive medical practices are now regarded by human rights institutions as human rights violations, including as harmful practices.

We see this important for ACON and our Pride Training Team and promote strong allyship and respect for need of intersex people to lead work in this area. We encourage you to visit Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA) website and read the Darlington Statement.


Pride Training Volume Discount

Pride Training: Tailoring Training for You and Your Organisation

We can create custom training solutions for your organisation. Needing to train 100, 1000, or 10,000? Want to have it be partially online and partially in-person or webinar? Not a problem.  We can help create custom scalable and fully implementable training programs for everyone you work with. We are also an RACGP accredited activity provider.  Fill out this form to get the conversation started.

Starting from October 2020, we have updated our services regarding price and terms of agreement. Please note that considering the current health measures, Pride Training team is working from home and the best way to contact us is by email to PrideTraining@acon.org.au .

Upcoming Training


Date and Time (AEST)

Webinar – LGBTQ Inclusive Practice


Thursday, 3 November 2020

  • Part 1, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Thursday, 10 November 2020

  • Part 2, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Webinar – LGBTQ Inclusive Practice for Aged Care Sector


Tuesday, 19 November 2020

  • Part 1, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Thursday, 26 November 2020

  • Part 2, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Webinar – LGBTQ Inclusive Practice


Thursday, 10 December 2020

  • Part 1, 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Thursday, 17 December 2020

  • Part 2, 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Webinar – LGBTQ Inclusive Practice


Wednesday, 20 January 2021

  • Part 1, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

  • Part 2, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

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