Call for Expressions of Interest: Policy Advisory Group

Introduction

Expressions of interest are being sought from Alliance members and individuals known to the Alliance to be involved in a Policy Advisory Group.

About the National LGBTI Health Alliance

The National LGBTI Health Alliance (the 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. As the national peak body for LGBTI health in Australia, our particular mission is to provide a national focus to improve health outcomes for LGBTI people through policy, advocacy, representation, research evidence, and capacity building.

Policy and Research at the Alliance

The Alliance provides a national voice on policy related to the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.

We work collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders to produce evidence-based policy. As an ‘Alliance’ we also rely on our diverse individual and organisational members across Australia to contribute their ideas, inspiration, experience, and expertise to the policy development process.

We conduct national consultations of our members for input into our formal submissions to government inquires and reviews when time permits. We actively encourage members to raise nationally relevant, health-related concerns with us for consideration.

Aims and Objectives

The Policy Advisory Group aims to consolidate the knowledge and experience of those engaged in policy and advocacy at LGBTI organisations, with the purpose to advise on the Alliance’s policy positions and to inform the policy work of the Alliance more broadly.

It will strive to be as broadly inclusive of as many population groups as possible during any given year. We maintain the ability to fluidly shift the focus of our work in response to timely opportunities, current events, and requests from member organisations.

The Advisory Group will assess the health issues that have the greatest impact on LGBTI health, whilst striving for balance in prioritising the needs of each population within the Commonwealth-recognised category of ‘LGBTI’.

Selection Criteria:

The selection criteria for successful applicants include:

  • Currently engaged as an individual member of the Alliance in a member organisation with an interest in LGBTI health policy
  • Experience in policy consultation, research, analysis and development.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with LGBTI people and communities, including each of the populations which comprise the L, G, B, T, and I acronym and the intersections between these and other populations.
  • Broad knowledge of health issues affecting LGBTI people and, including policy issues and psychosocial determinants of health.
  • We’re seeking full representation across LGBTI communities, including trans, gender diverse and non-binary people and intersex people.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people living with a disability, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Proposed Process

  • The first phase will involve creating an overarching advisory group comprising of 10 members representative of LGBTI communities
  • The second phase will involve creating sub-groups representative of each population group within the LGBTI acronym, with the aim to discuss health issues affecting that particular group.
  • Referral of policy positions and formal submissions to the policy advisory group for comment and feedback.
  • Meeting every 6 weeks at the Alliance’s Sydney office or via video conference to discuss policy issues.
  • Remuneration will not be provided and meetings will be conducted within work business hours.

Application

Expressions of interest briefly addressing the selection criteria are to be received by Friday 6 December 2019.

Contact

For further information on the Policy Advisory Group and submitting an Expression of Interest, please contact:

Daniel Comensoli | Policy and Research Coordinator | E: daniel.comensoli@lgbtihealth.org.au | P: (02) 8568 1132

Teresa Savage | Policy and Research Manager (Ageing) | E: teresa.savage@lgbtihealth.org.au | P: (02) 8568 1130