Meridian is committed to improving health and wellbeing services and supports for women across the spectrum of sex and gender diversity and who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to women. This includes women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, gay, queer, asexual, trans, gender diverse and intersex.
In 2019, Women’s Centre for Health Matters with support from Meridian published a report on health and health needs of same-sex attracted women in the ACT.
LBQ Women's Healthy Relationships Project
This exciting peer-led six-week program empowers lesbian, bisexual and queer women in their relationships and identities. This peer-led, designed and facilitated project aims to prevent violence in LBQ women’s relationships by providing women with skills and information that helps them to build and maintain healthy relationships. Taking a strengths-based, prevention approach, the program supports women to build and sustain healthy boundaries, develop a mutual understanding of consent and advocate for their needs within relationships. This project is supported by the ACT Government’s ACT Women’s Safety Grants program.
Due to the impact of Coronavirus, delivery of this program has been delayed with new dates to be finalised soon. For further information on this program or to stay up to date, please contact us.
Meridian Sexual Health Links:
Counselling and Wellbeing
Meridian Wellbeing Services provides professional, safe and inclusive counselling for women, their families and allies seeking support to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Our Counsellors are very experienced in providing support on: sexual orientation and gender identity; emotional and physical health; relationships; and employment. Find out more about Counselling here.
Sobar: SMART Recovery provides weekly online group catch-ups for LBTIQ+ women in Canberra to take control of their relationship with alcohol. Hosted by a SMART accredited facilitator with the support of counselling staff, this health promotion program created by Meridian and funded by ACT Health helps community members check-in, focus on their goals and maintain positive behaviours around alcohol consumption.
If you or someone you know is in a life-threatening situation, please call the police on 000.
Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCSACT) provides intervention services for LGBTIQ+ community members experiencing domestic violence. To access this service call 02 6280 0900 (24/7 telephone service). You are welcome to call reverse charges. If it isn’t urgent, another contact option is to email [email protected]; this email is only monitored during business hours.
SHFPACT delivers clinical services, supports and education programs on sexual and reproductive health.
Women’s Centre for Health Matters works to improve women’s health and wellbeing in the ACT and surrounding region through health promotion, social research, community development, capacity building, information provision, education and advocacy. https://www.womenshealthmatters.org.au/