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Promoting Healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Vision Statement

A future where all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people are valued and feel included in broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTIQ communities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have the capacity to respond effectively, strategically and sensitively to issues relating to health and wellbeing, HIV/AIDS, people living with HIV (PLHIV), alcohol and other drugs, youth and ageing relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals have the capacity and knowledge to make informed health and wellbeing and lifestyle choices. Organisations offer access to culturally appropriate and accessible services through environments free of discrimination and stigma.

Mission Statement

2Spirits is committed to every member of our diverse communities to feel safe, valued, represented and supported. 2Spirits are committed to developing pathways to walk and work together in partnership with agencies to grow health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people across Queensland.

2Spirits Program

2Spirits promotes community awareness initiatives through yarning circles, workshops, outreach, resources and campaigns.

2Spirits deliver professional development to professionals and community members to develop their knowledges of Key Concepts and Terminologies and to develop their capacity to understand the complexities of Culture, Gender Identities and Sexuality.

2Spirits offer an Inclusive Services Training Package for professionals to improve their ability to appropriately support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people.

 

2Spirits also conducts Elders Forums in remote, rural and regional communities to inform Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of the impacts of homophobia and discrimination, sexually transmissible infections (STI’s) & blood borne viruses (BBV’s) and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people and how they can support community based awareness and education.

2Spirits conduct community forums across the state to develop rapport and partnerships with community stakeholders and services to work in collaboration to promote community awareness of health and wellbeing, sexuality, gender identities, inclusion and acceptance.

Our peer education aims to provide a cultural and safe network for all ages to promote access to health and wellbeing education, resources and support.

2Spirits offer consultancy to NGO’s, government and non-government agencies to adopt cultural identities, gender identities and sexuality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people as core elements of frameworks and policies.

Support and Referrals

2Spirits can provide:

  • One-on-one support,

  • Referrals to appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTIQ Sistergirl and Brotherboy services.

  • Links and referrals to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ Sistergirl and Brotherboy peer support groups.

  • Provide advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people.

Support Group Networks

gar’ban’djee’lum network (Brisbane)

Email: garbandjeelum@gmail.com or Facebook: www.facebook.com/garbandjeelum/

IndigiLez Womens Leadership and Support Group (Brisbane)

Email: indigilezwomen@gmail.com or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndigiLez/ 

Youpla Mipla Ahfla (Cairns)

Email: 2Spirits@quac.org.au 

For more information contact:

30 Helen Street, Teneriffe Qld 4004

Phone: 07 3017 1777/ Free call: 1800 177 434

Email: 2Spirits@quac.org.au