We welcome Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and same sex-attracted and gender diverse people and communities
We are committed to providing a safe and high quality service that is inclusive to all clients and respects the needs, wants and aspirations of everyone. We have a strong commitment to addressing health inequities and discrimination faced by many communities.
About the Rainbow Tick
Merri Health is a Rainbow Tick accredited organisation which means that we provide safe and welcoming spaces and have inclusive policies and procedures to make sure everyone feels safe accessing our service.
You can read more about how we prepare for Rainbow Tick accreditation here.
Services and support
Our services and support are inclusive and safe for all people. We also have specific services for LGBTIQA+ people including:
Alcohol and drugs support: known as QHealth, we offer counselling and support for LGBTIQA+ people who would like to talk about the concerns or impacts of their alcohol and drug use in a confidential, non-judgmental and queer-affirmative space.
Queer youth theatre: known as YGLAM, we provide a space for young LGBTIQA+ people to come together and explore sexuality and gender identity through artistic means.
Tell us what you think about our services
Every year we review how inclusive our services are for same-sex attracted and gender diverse people.
If you would like to tell us what you think, what we could do better or tell us about your experience using our service, contact us.
- Call (03) 9389 2234
- Email Quality@merrihealth.org.au
- Send us mail to:
Ground floor, rear unit 4
19 Pentridge Blvd
Coburg VIC 3058
This Campaign Is Queer
This Campaign Is Queer is a Merri Health initiative that supported young people across Australia that identify as same-sex attracted and gender diverse. The support was provided in the form of a social media campaign throughout 2016: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo and many more.
Led by our queer youth theatre YGLAM, the team was responsible for developing and releasing the content and managing activity across the social media accounts and website with the support of our staff.
Find out more at www.tciq.org
Support in Moreland
Sandra Maslen is the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer for Moreland. Sandra works out of the Fawkner Police Station at 1151 Sydney Road, Hadfield.
Contact Sandra at Sandra.MASLEN@police.vic.gov.au or by calling the Fawkner Police Station on (03) 9355 6000.
As the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer for Moreland, my role involves attending community events and speaking to the public about the importance of reporting homophobic and transphobic crime. Some members of the GLBTI community may feel anxious or nervous about speaking to police to report crimes that involve them speaking about their sexuality or gender identity. My job is to provide discreet, non-judgemental advice and assistance in the reporting of these crimes.
I also aim to raise awareness of domestic violence within same-sex and gender diverse relationships. Studies have shown that up to 80% of domestic violence within these relationships goes unreported. It is very important that people understand that if they are in a same-sex or gender diverse relationship and are experiencing domestic violence of any kind that they will be afforded the same support from Victoria Police as those in heterosexual and/or cisgender relationships.
Other services and resources
- Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV) is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health and wellbeing policy and resource unit. GLHV is funded by the Victorian Government and sits within the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University GLHV is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTI Victorians and the quality of care they receive. http://www.glhv.org.au/ (03) 9479 8700
- Switchboard Victoria Inc. is a community based not-for-profit organisation that provides a peer based, volunteer run support service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTIQ) people and their friends, families and allies. Switchboard is the Victorian partner in the national telephone and web counselling, information and referral service Qlife (see Qlife below for details). This service is for LGBTIQ identifying people and those who have questions, concerns
about LGBTIQ issues – this includes families, friends, teachers and co workers of LGBTIQ people. Switchboard runs the social support service for older LGBTIQ Victorians called Out & About. This is in partnership with the National Community Visitors Scheme. www.switchboard.org.au
- QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex (LGBTI). QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web-based services to people of all ages across the full breadth of people’s bodies, genders, relationships, sexualities, and lived experiences.
https://qlife.org.au/ or 1800 184 527 from 3pm-12am everyday.
Qlife also has a Community Resource Directory where you can search for local supports. https://qlife.org.au/resources/
- Rainbow Network – empowering you to provide safer, more inclusive services for young same sex attracted, intersex, trans* and gender diverse Victorians http://www.rainbownetwork.com.au (03) 9479 8735
- Families like mine – A guide for parents and families of young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, gender diverse or who are questioning their sexuality or gender identify – developed by Beyondblue, this multimedia guide aims to support parents & families to reduce discrimination and promote an inclusive environment for LGBTGD young people http://familieslikemine.beyongblue.org.au
- The Fitzroy Legal Service (FLS) is now offering a free specialist LGBTIQ Legal Advice Service. http://www.fitzroy-legal.org.au/cb_pages/lgbtiq_legal_advice.php (03) 9419 3744
- Minus 18 is a web based support network for same sex attracted, gender questioning young people under 21 years of age. Minus 18 also hosts social and dance events as well as workshops. http://www.minus18.org.au/
- Genderqueer Australia – Web based resource for gender questioning and gender queer people http://www.genderqueer.org.au/
- The Australian Lesbian Medical Association (ALMA) compiles a list of doctors and mental health professionals who are recommended by lesbian and bisexual women. This is a national project. There are currently around 90 doctors and mental health professionals on the list, including GPs and specialists, metropolitan and rural doctors. http://www.doclist.com.au/
- Rainbow Families Council (RFC) is a volunteer community organisation based in Victoria, Australia. RFC supports and promotes equality for ‘rainbow’ families (parents and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender or intersex, and their children) http://www.rainbowfamilies.org.au/
- Stop. Think. Respect. – Beyond Blue campaign beyondblue, in collaboration with LGBTI communities and the Movember Foundation, has produced a new national campaign aimed at improving the Australian community’s understanding of discriminatory behaviour and the impact it can have on the mental health of LGBTI communities. To learn more and to watch the personal stories shared in this campaign visit www.lefthand.org.au