Dalarinji, Your Story: Understanding and Promoting the Social and Emotional Well-being and Mental Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ Young People

This is a NSW research project that aims to understand and promote the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning young people, and to work with services to develop appropriate supports.

There is very little locally specific guidance available for services on how best to support a young person who is both Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Asexual or other (LGBTQA+). This means that young people (14-25 years) who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and LGBTQA+ may not receive the same level of support, sexual health care and information as other members of the community. Young people who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and LGBTQA+ may be at increased risk of poor social and emotional wellbeing, but there is little information available on how best to support you and keep you strong.

This is an opportunity to inform researchers about your needs for support and information as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young person to:

  • Build greater understanding of your social and emotional wellbeing, and
  • Inform local health, counselling and appropriate services to develop programs that support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people say will help them.

Researchers: Associate Professor Karen Soldatic (ICS), Linda Briskman (CI), Corrinne Sullivan (AI), Kim Spurway (PM), William Trewllyn (RA)

Partners: BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation, ACON - Aboriginal Project

Funding: National Health and Medical Research Council 

Period: 2019–2021