LGBTI Training For Riverina Services

Improving the experiences of LGBTI people seeking support and treatment for the use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) is the focus of a series of one day workshops aimed at building the skills of local services to provide LGBTI-inclusive care in the Riverina.

Produced and delivered by ACON, NSW’s leading HIV prevention, HIV support and LGBTI health organisation, with the support of Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN), the FREE one day training courses in February will provide information, practical guidance and an opportunity for participants to ask questions. 

ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said the LGBT community faces a range of specific challenges in relation to substance use and in particular accessing inclusive support services. 

“Most LGBT people who use alcohol and other drugs do so in a non-problematic way, but some people experience harms related to their use. Problematic or risky AOD use can present many challenges, including physical and mental health issues.” Mr Parkhill said.

“We know that LGBTI people are often reluctant to seek treatment because of expectations of prejudice and discrimination from support services, therefore it is important that those working in direct AOD service delivery or community workers supporting clients with risky alcohol and/or drug use are confident providing inclusive care for these clients.

“An adequately trained workforce, culturally appropriate services and a non-judgemental attitude by all staff across the service are an essential aspect of a comprehensive approach to reducing AOD problems among LGBT people.”

MPHN CEO James Lamerton said that innovative responses to AOD use are a priority for MPHN and this includes a focus on specific at-risk populations.

“The Murrumbidgee region boasts a significant population of LGBTI people and this community should be able to expect welcoming and sensitive services, particularly when at their most vulnerable. We know service workers are committed to getting inclusion right and we are proud to support a training program that strengthens the capacity of the local work force in this space,” Mr Lamerton said.

ACON currently runs a range of unique AOD related programs for HIV positive people and LGBTI people.

For direct service AOD workers

WAGGA WAGGA: Friday 17 February OR Friday 10 March

GRIFFITH: Thursday 23 March OR Tuesday 2 May

For community service workers

WAGGA WAGGA: Thursday 16 February

DENILIQUIN: Thursday 4 May

For further information and to register, please visit

Cristy Houghton