LGBTI Working Group Draft Terms of Reference

LGBTI Working Group Draft Terms of Reference


In 1991 the Department of Health and Human Services became one of the first State government agencies to have a formal liaison group with the LGBTI community.

The DHHS LGBTI Reference Group met for many years and achieved some much-needed changes in the culture of DHHS.

The newly formed Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Tasmanian Health Service (THS) LGBTI Working Group acknowledges this work and seeks to build on it to address health and community service barriers and improve health and wellbeing for the LGBTI community.

The Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 provides the legislative framework for equal access to services.  This has been reflected in the Whole of Government Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Framework and Action Plan (the Framework).

DHHS and the THS are committed to implementing the Framework.  DHHS and the THS aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for all patients, clients and staff, including those who are same-sex attracted and gender diverse.

The Framework’s principles are

  1. A diverse range of relationships, sexualities, gender identities and experiences, and intersex characteristics are both recognised and respected
  2. All Tasmanians have an equal right to access Tasmanian Government services and to be involved in the design and delivery of these services
  3. Government and non-government services are expected to coordinate and collaborate efforts to develop evidence-based, innovative service delivery
  4. The Tasmanian Government will actively recognise, celebrate and promote the outcomes and achievements of government and non-government organisations in relation to the LGBTI community
  5. Every Tasmanian regardless of their relationship status, sexuality, gender identity and experiences, or intersex characteristics, is supported to participate in and contribute to the social, political, economic and cultural life of Tasmania.


To work collaboratively to improve health outcomes and access to services for LGBTI Tasmanians.


The role of the Working Group is to:

  • help the DHHS/THS with implementing the Whole of Government Framework and Action Plan
  • develop a DHHS/THS work plan of actions and guide its implementation to ensure that DHHS and THS policies, programs and services are inclusive of members of LGBTI communities
  • monitor progress on and implementation of the work plan at each meeting
  • report on positive achievements
  • provide advice on relevant national, State, DHHS and THS policies, procedures and documents.

Chair and secretariat

The LGBTI Working Group will be chaired by the Secretary, DHHS.  Secretariat support will be shared by Public Health Services and the Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Directorate.


Members of the Working Group are invited by the Secretary on the basis of their expertise and experience in relevant fields.

Members must have relevant knowledge of the role and objectives of the LGBTI Working Group and a positive and constructive approach to working with DHHS and the THS.

Membership will consist of:

  1. Michael Pervan, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (Chair)
  2. Dr David Alcorn or representative, Tasmanian Health Service
  3. Carole Owen, Director Public Health Programs and Priorities
  4. Narelle Butt, General Manager Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Directorate
  5. Robin Banks, Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner
  6. Rodney Croome, Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group
  7. Susan Ditter, Working It Out
  8. Deidre Murray, Rainbow Communities
  9. Martine Delaney, trans community member, Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group
  10. Sabine Wagner, CEO, Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases
  11. Jen van Achteren, Hobart Women’s Health Centre (proxy for Glynis Flower, CEO)
  12. Mez New, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
  13. Dr Louise Owen, Sexual Health Services, Tasmanian Health Service (THS)
  14. Phil Edmondson, CEO Primary Health Tasmania

Others may be invited to participate in the group for relevant items (eg aged care sector; sexual and reproductive health organisations, youth health services).

The use of proxies to attend meetings is permitted.

Schedule for Meetings

The DHHS/THS Working Group will meet at least twice a year, with extra meetings scheduled as necessary to allow for the completion of the assigned annual work plan.