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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Dear Members, Allies, and Friends!

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH

(A short message from me this month as I really want you to explore our Pride Events).

As if by coincidence, Pride Month and Seniors Week coincide, which has given us here at GRAI more than one reason to celebrate. This year we will be utilising the space (kindly lent to us by our allies at the Centre for Stories) for all of our activities and events during that week. As part of our Village Hub, we wanted to use Pride to invite our Elders and our Community to events to encourage wellbeing, provoke conversation and have some fun. Please see below for details of all our events. It will be good to see as many of you there, but be warned, tickets are going fast!

When you have celebrated Senior’s Week, it would be wonderful to see you at the many Pride Events during November https://www.pridewa.com.au/.

The only other announcement is that our Annual General Meeting is on the 3rd of December at 3pm. There will be a formal invite to follow over the next couple of days.

So, remember to “SHINE” and we will see you soon

With Pride,

Michael signature

Michael 
Chair, GRAI Board

QUALITY OF LIFE SURVEY

As part of its Village Hub project, GRAI is conducting a quality-of-life survey of LGBTI people 50 +years. Survey results will help GRAI to develop services that better meet the needs of different groups of LGBTI elders in Western Australia.

The survey is open until the end of the year and we have had around 150 responses so far… can you help us to reach 200?

We want to reach as many LGBTI elders as possible; particularly those not connected to community and those in the regional and rural areas of WA.

Please share the survey with friends and through your networks.

The outcomes from the survey will be available as a community report and will help guide GRAI’s work into the future.

QUALITY OF LIFE SURVEY

To complete the survey online, click here.

For a printable copy of they survey, please email villagehub@grai.org.au and to do the survey by telephone, please text 0439 368 023. 

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK LUNCH

As part of Mental Health week GRAI held a lunch event to celebrate and share some of the amazing life stories from members of our LGBTI+ community.

Brian Greig OAM, a Senator for Western Australia between 1999 and 2005, was the first LGBTI rights activist elected to any Australian parliament, and first federal MP to publicly acknowledge their homosexuality.  Brian shared a wealth of knowledge gained from over 30 years of LGBTI activism.

  Brian’s talk stimulated discussion on how much has improved over the last 30 years, but also highlighted the significant issues that the state and federal governments are stalling on addressing, such as: religious discrimination legislation at the State and Federal level, legalisation against conversion therapy, and removing the barriers to legal identity changes for trans people.

Our second speaker, Gilda came out as a lesbian just before moving to the collapsing Soviet Union to study. Gilda shared some anecdotes from an adventurous life, lived in three former Soviet countries in which “homosexuality didn’t not exist”; not an easy environment for a new lesbian to find her people in.

Our third and last speaker was Dr Rowan Brooker who has lived most of his life as a girl/woman and a third of his life as an out-and-proud feminist, pagan, and lesbian. Rowan shared an inspiring journey of moving from a lesbian identity into affirming his trans-masculine self, and living more comfortably, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  

The event concluded with a healthy lunch and was funded by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health.

CARERS WA CONFERENCE

The Carers WA Conference was held on the 13-14th October 2022 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Kedy represented GRAI on the plenary panel on day two of the conference to discuss the Diversity of Carers. The panel of sector professionals also included: CEO Theresa Kwok (The Chung Wah Association), Chrissie Fearon (Carers WA – Program Manager for Young Carers and Carers Support Counselling), and Clare Gibellini (People with Disability Australia – Vice President). It was a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about the unique needs and issues of the many wonderful ‘invisible” carers in our community.

SPRING INTO KAMBARANG WOMEN’S DANCE

It was wonderful to see over 100 women joyously dancing and socialising at the Royal Park Hall, entertained by the lovely DJ Di. The night was an opportunity to connect with new and older friends and to celebrate the fabulousness of women. A huge thank-you to the volunteers who supported the event, and to everyone who attended and made it such a fun night!

QUEER TALES LONG LUNCHEON

Queer Tales Long Luncheon – Fri 4th Nov
 
Now in its second year, Queer Tales is an intergenerational LGBTI Literary Long Table Lunch that recognises the power of storytelling as a way of transferring social knowledge between generations.
 
This year join us for lunch at the Roof Top Terrace at Connections for an amazing meal from Montebello catering, where we will discuss the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ of the West Australian media over the years with Out in Perth Managing Editor – Graeme Watson.
 
You will also hear some of the unpublished stories about of Australia’s longest-running gay club – Connections.
 
Tickets available at https://QueerTales.eventbrite.com.au

LGBTI ELDERS GAMES HUBS

Coming up in November, we have the last three games hub events for 2022; one in the Perth CBD, one NOR and one SOR:

  • CBD – Thursday  3rd November at Citiplace Community Centre, Upper Level Walkway, City Railway Station Complex (near the Art Gallery), 1-3pm.
  • NOR – Monday 14th November at Community Vision Social Centre, 5 Trappers Drive, Woodvale (the building is further up the driveway, past the library), 2-4pm.
  • SOR – Wednesday 23rd November, at Fremantle Library (downstairs in the Lab, back wall of the library), 151 High Street, Fremantle, 1-3pm

We are pleased to announce that an LGBTI Elders Games Hub will be coming to MIDLAND on Saturdays (once per month) in 2023 🙂 All venues and dates for next year will be shared in our December newsletter. 

We specialise in laughter, chocolate biscuits and good coffee… we also learn a new game or play an old favourite. There is a game for everyone (straight-forward or complex).

Here are the dates and venues for the rest of 2022!

If you need more information or you would like support getting there, please contact Rowan at villagehub@grai.org.au or call 0493 368 023 

LGBTI INTERGENERATIONAL PLAYGROUP

The next GRAI LGBTI Intergenerational Playgroup is coming up on Wednesday November 16th, 9.30am – 12.30pm at the Fremantle Library. All LGBTI people, (both big and small) are welcome.

SENIORS WEEK – NOVEMBER 7th – 13th

LGBTIQA+ INTERGENERATIONAL HOUSING FORUM

Happening on Monday 7th November (2-4pm), this is an opportunity to discuss our proposed intergenerational LGBTI housing forum. Essentially, we want to bring together elders with a spare room with students who need accommodation. We can see many benefits to this arrangement, including company, intergenerational sharing of culture and lived experience as an LGBTI person, and shared support such as assistance with gardening or cooking and learning English as a second language.

Come along to hear our guest speaker, and to share your ideas and enthusiasm!

To book your place on Eventbrite, click here.

BEFRIENDING PROGRAM

On Tuesday 8th November, 10am – 12pm, we will be presenting information about GRAI’s LGBTI Elders Befriending Program.

Since the program began, we have had some valuable insights and we are now adapting the program to meet the needs of more LGBTI elders. The program is going to broaden its focus to include the development of networks of friendship, as well as continuing to assist those who are isolated. Come along to hear some Befrienders share their experiences and for an update from Rowan (Coordinator) about lessons learned and new directions.
This event will be of interest to those who wish to refer LGBTI elders to the program, as well as those who may want to participate in the future. 

We will also have a pop-up LGBTI Elders Games Hub and morning tea … feel free to join us for a game and a cuppa 🙂

To book your place on Eventbrite, click here.

TENDER FUNERALS DOCUMENTARY

Tender, the documentary directed by Lynette Wallworth and produced by Kath Shelper, tells the story of a feisty and resilient community group in Port Kembla who decided to take back the control and responsibility of caring for, and burying their loved ones. 
 
Scattered throughout this documentary are stories that cut to the core, revealing why this community have decided to take on a practice that for most is taboo. As their plans for community-based funerals gather momentum, one of their own is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Tender is at once a heartbreakingly beautiful and funny glimpse of an extraordinary community taking on one of the most essential challenges of human life… its end.
 
The Tender documentary and a crowd funding campaign led by Jenny Briscoe-Hough and the Port Kembla community, raised more than $120,000 to buy an old fire station and convert it to the first Tender Funerals site in 2016.
 
Tender Funerals have a mission to provide personalised and affordable funerals, and to demystify the funeral process and put it back in the hands of the grieving.

Tender Funerals are low-cost. Any profits go towards providing meaningful and affordable funerals, ensuring that everyone can afford a Tender funeral.  A Tender funeral empowers families to have funerals and practices which reflect the wishes of the person who has died, their family and community.

All Tender Funerals services are owned and operated by their local community as social franchises of Tender Funerals Australia. Families are encouraged to use their communities and network as a resource to create the funeral that feels right for them.

There has been a surge of interest from communities across Australia, who want to start their own Tender. With the support and encouragement of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA), Tender Funerals Australia was established in 2020 as a not-for-profit to support and resource a network of services around Australia.

There are currently two operational sites in NSW and five communities working to establish a Tender (Perth, Tasmania, Canberra, Far North QLD and Melbourne).

GRAI has organised a FREE showing of the Tender documentary

Wednesday 9th November 2-4pm

City of Perth Library Auditorium,
573 Hay Street, Perth.

Please register with Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tender-documentary-tickets-402264342477

Following the documentary representatives from Tender Funerals Perth will hold a Q&A for the LGBTI community.  

Download the flier to share here.

TIM GRANT EXHIBITION

Tim Grant (aka pictim) was born in WA, spent his formative years growing up around Fremantle, and later worked travelling war-torn countries documenting the fight against landmines.
 
While studying photography at Mount Lawley, Tim experimented and practiced his craft by capturing the local 80s culture around him. Times were different for a photographer then; nobody objected to being photographed in the street, and using film meant being very selective with the imagery. Plus, any sort of recording devices were strictly forbidden in the gay nightclub scene. 

These images are a collection from special events: The Clarendon Fete, Gay Olympics, Pride parades, Tim’s friends, artists and performers, and selective portraits of Drag Queens, punks and acquaintances. 


Please note that this event is now full 🙂

INTERGENERATIONAL PANEL ON AGEISM

This will be an interesting and thought-provoking discussion about ageism, its impacts within the LGBTI communities, and what can be done to address it and strengthen intergenerational relationships. Enjoy some light refreshments and good conversations at the free event.

You can register for this event here.

Save the date

ADVANCE NOTICE OF GRAI’s AGM
GRAI’s AGM will take place on Saturday 3rd December between 10am and 12pm at the Southcare Hall, 19 Pether Rd, Manning. All GRAI members are welcome to attend.

PRIDE PARADE

GRAI will be having a group in the PRIDE Parade (Saturday 26th November) and invites all GRAI members and any LGBTIQA+ seniors (50+years) that would like to march under the GRAI banner to join us.

The Parade will be about 20 minutes of slow walking this year starting and ending at Russell square. Please email info@grai.org.au with your details as we need to register everyone to get a wrist band and we can then advise you on the  GRAI meeting spot prior to the parade.

HELP WANTED!

GRAI is looking for a convertible car and driver to join our Pride parade event.
We are ideally seeking a convertible that can accommodate 3-4 LGBTI seniors (a vintage or fifties model would be fantastic). The parade is Saturday night, 26th November. It starts and finishes at Russell square in Northbridge and is about 20 minutes of slow driving. If you are able to help, please email Kedy at eo@grai.org.au

ADVANCE NOTICE: FREE BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOPS

GRAI, in partnership with Gretchen Stolte from UWA, will be offering free basket weaving workshops on Friday 31st March, 2023 (for Transgender Day of Visibility) and Wednesday 26th April, 2023 (for Lesbian Visibility Day). More details will be provided closer to the time.

BASKET WEAVING

Your views are important

If you have news or views to share that are relevant to making the world a better place for LGBTI elders, contact: info@grai.org.au. We look forward to hearing from you, or seeing you at one or several of our upcoming events!

GRAI’s new contact address:

PO Box 350
Mt Hawthorn
WA 6915

Staff Contacts

If you would like to contact Kedy Kristal (Executive Officer), please email her at eo@grai.org.au or call her Mobile: 0484 639 886

If you would like to contact Rowan Brooker (Befriending Coordinator/Newsletter Coordinator), please email him at villagehub@grai.org.au or call him on 0493 368 023 on Wednesdays or Thursdays (or text/leave a message).

Quote of the Month

‘I haven’t passed my expiry date. I might have passed my best before date, but I certainly haven’t passed my expiry date.’

– Val Fell OAM

QUEER BOOK CLUB REGULAR MEETING NOVEMBER

🌈 Queer BookClub’s November’s book is The All of It: A Bogan Rhapsody – by Australian author Candance Bell.

This memoir is as Australian as it gets and redefines the saying ‘She’ll be right!’
Described as a ‘wild coming of age memoir like no other. Tender, tragic, hilarious and life affirming.’

Be aware that this book covers the topic of suicide.

Copies of the book are available from Crow Books at a discount – just mention you are a Queer BookClub member.

The Queer BookClub meeting for November is on Wed 30th November at 6pm at Connect Vic Park.

A Bogan Rhapsody
  Queer BookClub is supported by Crow Books Vic Park and Dept of Communities.

BOOK REVIEW

~Fun Home – A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel~

Fun Home was described by the New York Times as “A comic book for lovers of words! Bechdel’s rich language and precise images combine to create a lush piece of work — a memoir where concision and detail are melded for maximum, obsessive density.”
Whereas the Queer BookClub members descriptions ranged from boring to home, triggering and melancholy. This was our first graphic novel and overall the format of this style of reading a memoir with pictures on its pages was well received.
Insights were shared about the difficulty in living in small towns, the impact of religion on families, the freedom of life at college (Uni) and how we share our coming out and with whom. Overall the book received 3.75 Unicorns – which has me rounding it up to 4 as I don’t like hurting Unicorns 🦄🦄🦄🦄

~ David Gibson

Crow Books

🌈 Queer BookClub Facebook Group 📚

MEET N’ MUSE

Meet ‘n Muse (M’nM) discussion group for older LBT women, has two locales:

  • The Perth group has resumed its meetings after a long break due to COVID concerns. Meetings are at 1.30pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at Citiplace in the Perth Railway Station concourse.
  • The Mandurah group meets at 1.30pm on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month and, after meeting outdoors for a number of months due to COVID concerns, has returned to the Mandurah Seniors and Community Centre, 40 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah.
  • Musers discuss a given topic of interest for 1 hour then mosey on to a nearby café. New members are always welcome, please contact Pam for further information and to confirm meeting dates/times and location: GRAIPamm@gmail.com or 0420 929 583

PRIME TIMERS

Prime Timers is a vibrant social club for mature gay and bisexual men, offering a full calendar of diverse activities to keep you well-connected and enjoying life. Meetings are held 2pm on the second Sunday of each month, at ‘The Homestead’ 5 Mackie St, Vic Park, with a guest speaker and afternoon tea. Other activities include dinner nights, coffee mornings, lunch club, book club and special outings. Visit www.primetimerswa.com.au

PRIME TIMERS

OUTdance

OUTdance is the place to go to get fit and have fun 🙂 They hold LGBTI community dance classes every Tuesday from 7:00pm at the Mt Hawthorn Community Hall, 197 Scarborough Beach Rd. Relaxed and non-competitive, OUTdance always welcomes new members. Contact Jan on 0401 700 562 or visit the website here. 

PERTH OUTDOORS GROUP

Perth Outdoors Group are mature age LGBTI folk who enjoy a wide range of social activities (not always outdoors!) Functions are held monthly on weekends and there’s also a monthly coffee club. For further info visit https://www.perthoutdoorsgroup.com/

RAINBOW TOASTMASTERS

Find your voice at Perth Rainbow Toastmasters! Develop confidence in public speaking, communication, leadership and presentation skills… in an LGBTI+ friendly environment… Rainbow Toastmasters meet 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, 2-4pm, Level 1, 931 Albany Highway. Contact Tim, perthrainbowtm@gmail.com or 0403 051 081. FB: Perth-Rainbow-Toastmasters.

TOASTMASTERS

This month we have a Haiga (haiku and artwork) to share, created by one of our members, Maureen Sexton. Thank you Maureen! If you have some poetry that you’d like to share with GRAI readers, please send it to villagehub@grai.org.au

TOPICS OF INTEREST

Purple Plaques for Remarkable People

In the UK Ageism is the most prevalent form of discrimination. This project raises awareness of ageism across the UK by hacking traditional historic markers. Ageism is the kind of thing we’ve been programmed to fear. Purple plaque aims at recognizing the people who have done extra ordinary things

Watch a video about the project, here.

GRAI could develop this idea into Purple/ Rainbow plaques for Remarkable LGBTI seniors in Perth.

PFLAG+ AUSTRALIA STARTS NEW CHAPTER IN FIGHT FOR RAINBOW FAMILIES

Long-running Australian not-for profit organisation PFLAG is taking its support and advocacy for Australia’s rainbow families to a whole new level.

National directors Jane Hopkins and Jo Gilbert are spearheading a new chapter in the advocacy organisation’s 30-year history.

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is now PFLAG+ Australia: Parents in Pride.
They’re updating the name of the now registered charity to be more inclusive, reflect its national focus, foster greater cooperation between states and territory branches, and source tax-deductible funding to create resources to better support families

Published in Q News, 28 September 2022.
Read the full article here. 

HANNAH GADSBY SIGNS NEW DEAL FOR MORE NETFLIX SPECIALS

Hannah Gadsby has signed a new multi-title deal with Netflix that will include a new solo comedy special as well as a special featuring a lineup of gender-diverse comedians.

The Australian comedian announced the news on Tuesday, almost a year after she blasted the streaming service for its handling of Dave Chappelle’s transphobia scandal.

“I’m chuffed to announce that Netflix has agreed to work with me on a stand up special that will showcase genderqueer voices from around the world,” she said.

“I won’t lie… this made my decision to do a third solo special with them a little easier.”

Published in Q News, 27 September 2022.
Read the full article here. 

 Trigger warning, the story in the link below may be distressing to some readers.

HOW A FEMINIST, LESBIAN MUSIC COLLECTIVE POWERFULLY DEFENDED TRANS RIGHTS IN 1970S LOS ANGELES

Casual onlookers to the UK media’s ongoing debate about trans people could be forgiven for assuming that cisgender women and trans people are, and have always been, in conflict.

But this assumption erases decades of feminist history.

Trans women were involved in the feminist movement half a century ago, and while some cisgender women objected to their presence, others embraced them. In 1970s Los Angeles, lesbian-feminist women’s music label Olivia Records welcomed a trans woman, Sandy Stone, into their collective as a sound engineer, forming loving relationships that endure to this day.

Was she a divisive presence simply by devoting her life to Olivia? Or did the division stem from the people who sent death threats and brought live weapons to a women’s music concert?

Published in Pink News, 8 October, 2022.

Read the full article here.

THE PUSSY PALACE WAS MORE THAN THE RAID

Over 20 years ago, police raided the Pussy Palace, but this is just a piece of the queer women’s bathhouse’s story.

On September 14, 2000, the Toronto Police raided the queer bathhouse known as the Pussy Palace during one of their biggest events, which led to years of activism by the Toronto Women’s Bathhouse Committee and attendees. 

The Pussy Palace was a queer, lesbian, bisexual and trans event that would unite queer women, including queer trans women, and others who were not cis men for a night of exploration, play and sex. It was organized by the Toronto Women’s Bathhouse Committee, a group that was committed to creating bathhouse parties for queer women, trans people and other non-cis men. The event took place in Club Toronto, a gay men’s bathhouse, that is now Oasis Aqualounge on Mutual Street. After two undercover female cops infiltrated the space, five plainclothes male police officers then entered and searched the club. No charges were laid, but in the weeks following, two volunteers were charged with Liquor Licence Act violations; these charges were later dismissed. This led to the committee launching a class-action lawsuit against the Toronto Police that they won in 2005. 

However, oral historians Alisha Stranges and Elio Colavito—who have been working on the Pussy Palace Oral History Project in collaboration with the University of Toronto Mississauga’s LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory and The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives—have found that the raid is just one piece of the Pussy Palace story. Putting together the archive has become far more than just recording the details of the raid—it’s a way to document 10 years of queer lesbian and trans bathhouse gatherings.

Published in XTRA October 3rd, 2022
Read the full article here.

ELDER ABUSE. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

A new campaign to raise awareness of elder abuse has been launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission to mark the International Day of Older Persons (1 October 2021).
The video campaign raises awareness among people who interact with older Australians about the warning signs of elder abuse and where to get support.  

Thousands of Australians experience elder abuse every year, and sometimes from those closest to them. Calls to the National Elder Abuse phone line increased by 87% between January 2021 to June 2021 compared to the previous six months.

“Elder abuse can happen to any older person, regardless of their background, and anyone who comes into contact with older people – be it friends, family, health professionals, hairdressers, librarians and many others – may be in a position to notice signs of elder abuse,” Age Discrimination Commissioner the Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO said.

“Social isolation is a driver of elder abuse, and the COVID-19 pandemic has increased social isolation for many older people. It has provided ripe conditions for elder abuse to flourish, while also making it harder to identify hidden abuse.”

Prior to the pandemic, the Australian Institute of Family Studies estimated between 2% and 14% of older Australians were experiencing elder abuse in any given year, with financial abuse the most prevalent form.

Read the full press release here.

If you are concerned about an Elder you can call 1800 ELDERHelp (1800 353 374) for free confidential support. 

RESEARCH OF INTEREST

Research on the Effects of Experiencing Marginalisation in the Gay Community

Researchers at Griffith University are exploring the effects of experiencing marginalisation from outside (e.g., society) and within the gay community (i.e., from other gay community members) on same-sex attracted men’s well-being. If you identify as a same-sex attracted male (regardless of sex assigned at birth), you are invited to answer questions about your personal experiences in the male gay community.

Early participation will increase your chance to win one of 18x $100 e-gift cards. The survey should take less than 25 minutes to complete. To participate, scan the QR code or click on the survey link, below!

Click here to complete the survey.

Australians Underestimating Risk and Impact of Shingles: New Research

Medical experts, patients and high-profile Australians are partnering to help raise community awareness about the painful and itchy viral infection, shingles.

The ‘Interrupted by Shingles’ campaign is seeking to educate the community about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of shingles.

Shingles typically presents as an itchy rash, with painful blisters across the chest, abdomen or face.

The pain associated with shingles is often described as burning, shooting or stabbing. Around 120,000 new cases of shingles occur each year in Australia.

Dr Sarah Chu, a GP with a special interest in shingles, says that for Australians aged 50 years and over the risk of developing shingles may be higher than they believe.

Up to 1 in 3 Australians risk developing shingles in their lifetime and up to 99.5 per cent of adults 50 years and over carry the virus that can cause shingles,” Chu says.
“The virus that causes shingles comes from within the body, so public health measures like social distancing or mask wearing don’t impact rates of shingles.

“As we get older our immune system starts to decline and this can lead to the reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, causing shingles.

“This is the same virus that also causes chickenpox.”
Dr Jana Pittman, the former Olympic athlete and now medical doctor, says that she witnessed her mother experience shingles and how it can interrupt the lives of people affected and their loved ones.

“It was really difficult to see my mother experience the terrible pain of shingles for nearly five weeks,” Pittman says.
“She wasn’t even able to wear clothes because the touch of them on her skin would cause too much pain.

“It really disrupted her life – she couldn’t have any visitors, help look after her grandchildren or even do basic things like going to the shops.”

However, some Australians aged 50 and over may be unaware of their risk of developing shingles and its potential impact on their quality of life.

In a new survey commissioned by GSK Australia, a sample group of 300 Australians aged 50-79 were asked about their knowledge and personal risk of developing shingles.

Only 8 per cent of survey respondents believe they are at risk of shingles in the next 12 months, 15 per cent in the next 5 years and 19 per cent in the next 10 years.

The survey data also suggests there is a gap between Australian’s knowledge of shingles and their actions. While 75 per cent of survey respondents say they understand that shingles is a serious disease, only 16 per cent of respondents in their 50s and 22 per cent in their 60s have discussed shingles with their GP.

Additionally, only half the survey respondents (53 per cent) say they believe the disease could have a negative impact on quality of life.

However, up to 25 per cent of people with shingles may develop post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), a complication of shingles that can result in persistent nerve pain for months or years after the initial shingles rash resolves.

“Shingles can be a debilitating condition, so it’s really important that people who may be at higher risk, such as people aged 50 and over, talk to their healthcare professional,” Chu says.

For more information about shingles, speak to your healthcare professional and/or click here

Article published in The National Tribune, 4th October 2022
Read the original article here.

OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST

Situation Vacant: Bookkeeper @ GRAI

  Are you a retired Bookkeeper, Accountant or Finance manager interested in working one day(paid) a fortnight for GRAI?
We are looking for a person with experience in accounts, payrolls and budgets, previous experience working for a NFP would be a bonus.
If you would like more information or are keen to submit your CV  please contact Michael Berry chair@grai.org.au

Women’s Intentional Community Hamilton Hill Open House

SAVE THE DATE!
20 November, 2-4pm
27 Fulton Street Hamilton

The WIC Open House is your chance to learn all about this innovative project and meet the women behind it. You may decide this is where you want to live too!

– Learn about WIC’s values and mission.
– Hear from our architect, Michelle Blakely, to find out about the many sustainability/ energy and water efficiency benefits of this community.

– Check out the virtual tour and walk the site to experience how it will be laid out.

– Enjoy an afternoon tea in the lovely native gardens around which the super energy-efficient and sustainable dwellings will be constructed.

RSVP for catering to leahknapp1964 (at) gmail.com

Studio 55 Disco for Senior’s Week

Rainbow Gate: Pridefest Events
 
This project aims to develop a chatbot, resources and referrals specifically for LGBTIQA+ people in Western Australia that are seeking information and support for themselves or someone else about the safety and equality of the relationships in their lives.

LGBTIQA+ people may experience power and control from their families of origin, chosen families, intimate partners, carers and from other LGBTIQA+ community members. There are significant barriers to identifying what they are experiencing and to being able to access informed and inclusive support services.

Rainbow Gate will provide resources about the safety, equality and/or health of LGBTIQA+ peoples relationships and places to reach out for connection and support, including capacity building information and chatbot to support navigation to the right supports.

Rainbow Gate will also train people working in support spaces (FDV sector, counselling, community services) in the ways LGBTIQA+ people are specifically impacted by power and control and how to work inclusively with LGBTIQA+ communities.

In 2023 we will also provide training to LGBTIQA+ groups and services so they can better understand the needs of their members and the communities they serve, and know the correct pathways to access support.
 
Rainbow gate is led and designed by LGBTIQA+ community, for LGBTIQA+ community.
 
Project Launch
Monday 22 November 2022
2:30-4:30pm
The Platform Perth- 3/256 Adelaide Tce, Perth 6000
FREE!

Come and show your support, find out more about the project, hear about our community survey and be amongst the first to get a sneak peek of the Rainbow Gate Resources and Chatbot. Enjoy delicious treats and start conversations that can help inform this valuable project. Find out about the FREE training that you can access as part of the project. Warmly welcoming LGBTIQA+ community, anyone who works in family violence, health, mental health, health education, social services, as well as state and local government.
Registration Essential
Click here to register.

Rainbow Gate- LGBTIQA+ FV and IPV Workshop (FACE TO FACE/)
Tuesday 22 November 2022
10:00am-1:00pm
The Platform Perth- 3/256 Adelaide Tce, Perth 6000
FREE!
 
FREE Professional workshop on LGBTIQA+ Family Violence and Intimate Partner Violence. Learn how to work more inclusively and better understand the needs of LGBTIQA+ people who experience (FV/IPV). Learn how to register to be part of the Rainbow Gate Referral list of inclusive practitioners.
 
Suitable for folks who work in:
Family Violence
Community Support
Counsellors
Psychologists
Youth Workers
Support workers
Emergency Services
Mental Health
Health
Places strictly limited. Registration Essential
Click here to register.

Rainbow Gate- LGBTIQA+ FV and IPV Workshop (FACE TO FACE/)
Wednesday 23 November 2022
10:00am-2:00pm
Online via webinarjam (suitable for anyone across WA)
FREE!
 
FREE Professional workshop on LGBTIQA+ Family Violence and Intimate Partner Violence. Learn how to work more inclusively and better understand the needs of LGBTIQA+ people who experience (FV/IPV). Learn how to register to be part of the Rainbow Gate Referral list of inclusive practitioners.
 
Suitable for folks who work in:
Family Violence
Community Support
Counsellors
Psychologists
Youth Workers
Support workers
Emergency Services
Mental Health
Health
Places strictly limited. Registration Essential
Click here to register.

Peel Rainbow Community Fair

Peel’s very first Rainbow Community Fair on the 21st of January 2023 at The Greenfields Community Centre (Mandurah) from 1-5pm

Peel Rainbow Community Fair

This event is open to the whole of Mandurah and the surrounding community. It will showcase services that support the lgbtqia+ community around the area, as well other pride groups. Those who identify and run a small business are also welcome to have a stall. Stalls need to be set up at 12.30pm. There will be games, activities, free sausage sizzle, face painting, DJ and much more. Depending on the success this may become a recurring local Mandurah event.. for more info contact  vicepresident@prideinpeel.com.au.

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