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LGBTIQ+ community

At Barwon Health we recognise that members of the LGBTIQ+ community and their biological and chosen families have unique needs. Our team is here to support you. We have also provided the below resources for organisations who specialise in working with the LGBTIQ+ community.

Companionship Support

Barwon Health Volunteer Program

Volunteers who identify as members of the LGBTIQ+ community are available to provide companionship and respite support. Additionally, carefully selected volunteers who identify as allies are also available to support.

Contact Jen Walsh, the Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator on 4215 5700.

Out & About

“Out & About is a free program of Switchboard Victoria especially for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) people. We aim to reduce social isolation and loneliness through creating peer friendships and community connections. Our service can be used by LGBTI seniors anywhere in Victoria.

Out & About facilitates friendship between LGBTI seniors and peer volunteer visitors. Our experienced staff match participants and volunteers based on shared interests and hobbies, and support both people to stay engaged and connected over time. We facilitate regular fortnightly catch ups for mutually enjoyable activities or hobbies, such as chatting over the phone, having coffee or tea at home or in a cafe, going for walks, seeing films, attending LGBTI community events and much more. Our service is friendly, caring and supportive. Please note Out & About is strictly not a dating or sexual service.

We welcome all eligible people to use our service, but especially encourage referrals from those who find it hard to leave the house, who live with disability and / or chronic health conditions including HIV or dementia, from people who access aged care services including residential aged care (nursing homes), live rurally or regionally, are trans or gender diverse, women, intersex, bisexual, Indigenous, multicultural or veterans.”


Thorne Harbour Health

As our LGBTI communities continue to face physical distancing and similar restrictions in response to COVID-19, we're now offering a range of services to LGBTI communities throughout Victoria including peer support and assistance with food and/or housing issues.

Who's eligible: Any LGBTI people who are isolated or impacted by COVID-19 anywhere in Victoria.

What's on Offer:

  • Someone to talk to
  • Peer support (regular contact with a peer volunteer from the LGBTI community)
  • Nutrition and Food Support
  • Help with housing insecurity


Information and Resources


Switchboard Victoria provides peer-driven support services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) people, their families, allies and communities.


Silver Rainbow

The LGBTI Health Alliance is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.

We recognise that people’s genders, bodies, relationships and sexualities affect their health and wellbeing in every domain of their life.


Alice’s Garage

Alice’s Garage is a social enterprise empowering LGBTI Elders. We strengthen the voices of LGBTI Elders, draw on their knowledge and skills to address the challenges they face and build communities where LGBTIphobia and ageism are addressed. Our purpose is to address the inequalities LGBTI Elders face related to ageism and the legacies of our LGBTIphobic histories. Our vision is to build a sense of Place, belonging and community connection for LGBTI Elders – and to inspire others to do the same. Alice’s Garage is part of the Celebrate Ageing Program, a social enterprise challenging ageism and building respect for older people.


Social Connection

Geelong Rainbow Inc

Geelong Rainbow Inc. is an umbrella organisation for the Queer community (people who identify as LGBTIQA+) within Geelong and the Barwon/G21 region.

Our purpose is to empower the Queer community through the provision of events, activities, social connection and support. We will also advocate for the Queer community within the region through collaboration with other organisations, governments and local businesses.


Piano Bar Geelong

Piano Bar has a long history of being an inclusive space for the rainbow community in Geelong. During COVID, multiple events each week are streamed live through their website:  

All the Queens Men

A free online dance platform to connect the rainbow and allied community during these turbulent times. All welcome, all over the world! (all ages and abilities welcome)


Last Modified: Tuesday, 08 September 2020