Supporting LGBTIQA+ People from Refugee Backgrounds

Supporting LGBTIQA+ people from refugee backgrounds in health settings.


This workshop will explore the pre-arrival experiences and impact of torture and other traumatic events for LGBTIQA+ people. Challenges and opportunities during settlement, or the protection process, will also be explored. The workshop will emphasise key considerations and skills required in engaging with this client group, particularly when assessing health, trauma, and other psycho-social needs. Resources and referral pathways will be discussed and shared amongst participants.

Content includes
  • Understanding common pre-arrival experiences of
  • LGBTIQA+ people from refugee backgrounds;
  • Foundation House’s Trauma Recovery Framework and Integrated Recovery Service Model;
  • Exploring engagement skills, including language,
  • communication, and worker assumptions;
  • Understanding settlement and protection
  • vulnerabilities; and
  • Understanding health access, including sexual health information, resources and referral pathways.

Suitable for

Only available to Nurses and Allied Health professionals.


Participants will be expected to have completed either a Foundation House Introductory workshop, or ‘Refugee and Asylum Seeking Experiences’ Online.

The online option is available free as a pre-requisite when you register for this workshop.


This program is funded for Nurses and Allied Health professionals through the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Therefore there is no cost to professionals working in these areas.