September 2020 Newsletter

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eNewsletter - September 2020

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 6-hour training, you will take our LGBTQ Introduction eLearning as the pre-requisite of the live webinars, and then attend 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:

  • Tuesday, 22nd of September (Part 1 from 2 PM to 4:30 PM) and Thursday, 24th of September (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 allowing person-centred care? 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 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:

2 Parts:

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

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

LGBTQ Suicide Prevention for GPs

Free LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Training for GPs in NSW!

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.

 Bi-Visibility day 2020

Bi-Visibility Day – 23 September 2020!

A person might consider themselves bisexual if they are attracted to more than one gender and/or they have had intimate experiences with more than one gender and/or they identify as bisexual. Bi+ is an inclusive term that refers to people who are attracted to more than one gender regardless of their sexual identity or sexual behaviour. The most recent statistics on bisexuality in Australia from the second Australian Study of Health and Relationships suggest that 1.7% of Australian adults identify as bisexual, while 10.1% report bisexual attraction and 9.4% have had intimate experiences with more than one gender. You can check out our virtual means of showing your support on Welcome Here website:

If you are interested in more online and in-person celebrations and workshops, check out “Stand Bi Us 2020: Multi-Gender Attraction at the Intersections”.

COVID Resilience Forum

COVID Resilience Forum

ACON will be hosting a live online forum to explore our communities resilience and ability to adapt to the ongoing challenges posed by COVID 19.

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.

Our panel will include experts, community advocates and some amazing queer performances to guide and inspire us through this difficult time.

The online forum is planned to take place on Thursday, 17 September 2020 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.

ACON Face Masks

Pride Training Pronoun Badges

New ACON Merchandise has arrived – Face Masks!

Remember the cool pronoun badges that ACON Pride Training sells? A pronoun button badge is a safe way to open up the conversation around your pronouns and create an inclusive space for others. Wear them to work, school, or an event. Wearing a badge normalises conversations and can stop guesses and assumptions.

Now ACON has released branded face masks to support LGBTQ communities in protecting themselves and others from COVID-19, with all proceeds from the sale of the mask go towards supporting our vital programs and services that improve the health and wellbeing of sexuality and gender diverse communities.

The ACON face mask is washable and reusable with three-layer protection. They are non-medical grade and protects against droplets, solid particles and smoke. Masks are available for $15 each and can be purchased online or at ACON Surry Hills.

Trans Pride in a Pandemic - Online Forum Series

Trans Pride in a Pandemic - Online Forum Series

Join ACON TransHub for “Trans Pride in a Pandemic”, a four-part online forum series for trans and gender diverse people and our allies. Developed in partnership by ACON and Trans Pride Australia with funding support by the “City of Sydney”.

Every forum is free. Register for one, some or all forums. The forum schedule is as per below:

  • Thursday 10 September 6-7 pm - Trans Resilience:: Coming out of COVID-19

  • Thursday 24 September 6-7 pm - Trans Rights:: Protection and Justice

  • Thursday 8 October 6-7 pm - Femme Queen, Faafafine, Bakla:: Decolonising the T with Bhenji Ra

  • Thursday 29 October 6-7 pm - Gender Euphoria:: A New Narrative

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Pride Training: Tailoring Training for You and Your Team

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.

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 Aged Care Inclusive Practice Webinar


Tuesday, 22 September 2020

  • Part 1, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Thursday, 24 September 2020

  • Part 2, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Webinar – LGBTQ Inclusive Practice Webinar


Tuesday, 3 November 2020

  • Part 1, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

  • Part 2, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Webinar – LGBTQ Aged Care Inclusive Practice Webinar


Thursday, 19 November 2020

  • Part 1, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Thursday, 26 November 2020

  • Part 2, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Webinar – LGBTQ Inclusive Practice Webinar


Thursday, 10 December 2020

  • Part 1, 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Thursday, 17 December 2020

  • Part 2, 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Webinar – LGBTQ Inclusive Practice Webinar


Wednesday, 20 January 2020

  • Part 1, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Wednesday, 27 January 2020

  • Part 2, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

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