The Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC) has announced the formation of a new LGBTI network for Queensland researchers and institutions with a particular interest in issues affecting the community.

The Queensland LGBTI Research Network will aim to connect and collaborate research from around the state from various groups and bodies with the hope of raising the profile and needs of the community. The network will also work to identify potential areas for research, translate findings into practise and provide peer support to researchers.

The network will work with people from various research institutions such as universities and interested corporations and community groups.

QAHC executive director Paul Martin highlighted two potential areas of research of interest to QAHC including specific LGBTI health outcomes and evaluation of effective interventions such as suicide prevention.

“A purpose of the network is to encourage more research on LGBTI issues here in Queensland and partnerships with LGBTI community organisations. Also for researchers to speak out about the needs of LGBTI people as community groups are not being listened to,” Martin told the Star Observer.

People interested in participating in the network can apply to join the group’s Facebook page here.

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