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Starting the intersex conversation

InterLink brings people together to talk about living with innate variations in sex characteristics with the support of trained counsellors and intersex peer workers

 
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InterLink is...

InterLink is a group-based support program that brings intersex people and family members together with trained mental health professionals and intersex peer workers.

 

InterLink has brief, short-term format that is easy to engage with and helps people of all ages start having conversations about intersex bodies and the health or interpersonal issues that impact people with innate variations in sex characteristics. 

 

InterLink is about getting safely connected with other people with similar experiences, with peer support groups, with knowledgeable counsellors and affirmative services.

 

LINKING UP...

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Link up

InterLink is open to all intersex people who are 10 years old and over and the parents or carers of children with an intersex variation.

 

Signing up to InterLink is easy. You can make a booking for yourself, your child, or refer a client you are working with.

 

InterLink is a condensed program that runs multiple times throughout the year. Check our upcoming session and register your interest in attending.... MORE

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What to expect

InterLink is a 6 session program, held fortnightly over 11 weeks

InterLink starts with a 60 minute one-on-one session with a qualified counsellor/mental health worker who will provide you with an opportunity to start talking about your (or your child’s) body and experiences. They will answer any questions you have about the program and help set some individual goals so that you can get the most out of the group work sessions... MORE

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Intersex is...

Intersex is a term for innate sex characteristics (sexual anatomy, reproductive organs, hormonal patterns, sex chromosomes) that vary from stereotypes of female or male bodies.


These physical traits can be associated with underlying variations, each with their own characteristics and expression that may be apparent during pre-natal screening or at birth, or may become apparent later in life, such as at puberty or when trying to conceive... MORE

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Peer support works because...

Peer support provides opportunities and safe spaces for talking about, and being, intersex. Talking with others with intersex variations, or other parents and carers, about our issues and shared experiences helps builds understanding and self-knowledge whilst providing emotional support.

 

Seeing people “like us” lets us position ourselves in the world and can make us feel less alone. Having more and different conversations about intersex improves our vocabulary and confidence when speaking about our bodies and personal needs... MORE

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Work with InterLink

We are always looking for people interested in becoming group facilitators as either Mental Health Workers or Intersex Peer Workers.
 

InterLink brings together trained mental health professionals and intersex peer workers to work collaboratively in the delivery of brief, group-based therapeutic interventions across different cohorts of the intersex community... MORE

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What is an affirmative service?

An affirmative service recognises that people are complex and multifaceted, and are always the experts in their own experiences.

 

Rather than try and change or “fix” something about a person, an affirmative service puts them in the drivers seat by supporting their decisions, respecting the language they use, not making assumptions about bodies, identities, or aspirations and valuing the differences of experiences between each community member... MORE

Upcoming Sessions

  • QLD - QC | Adults (18+) | Online
    Mon, 09 May
    Online Sessions
    09 May, 7:00 am AEST – 29 July, 11:00 pm AEST
    Online Sessions
    InterLink program for people based anywhere in QLD, aged 18+ years. All sessions in this InterLink program will be delivered online starting in April 2022. This program is being run with the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health.
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  • QLD - QC | Teens (14-17) | In-person Brisbane
    11 July, 7:00 am – 16 Sept, 11:00 pm
    Teneriffe, 30 Helen St, Teneriffe QLD 4005, Australia
    InterLink program for people based in South-East QLD, aged 14-17 years. All sessions in this InterLink program will be delivered face-to-face starting in July 2022. This program is being run with the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health.
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  • QLD - QC | Young People (10-13) | In-person Brisbane
    11 July, 7:00 am – 16 Sept, 11:00 pm
    Teneriffe, 30 Helen St, Teneriffe QLD 4005, Australia
    InterLink program for people based in South-East QLD, aged 10-13 years. All sessions in this InterLink program will be delivered face-to-face starting in July 2022. This program is being run with the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health.
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  • QLD - QC | Parents/Carers | In-person Brisbane
    11 July, 7:00 am AEST – 16 Sept, 11:00 pm AEST
    Teneriffe, 30 Helen St, Teneriffe QLD 4005, Australia
    InterLink program for parents or carers of children with intersex variations based in South-East QLD. All sessions in this InterLink program will be delivered face-to-face starting in July 2022. This program is being run with the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health.
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  • QLD - QC | Art Therapy | Adults (18+) | Online
    15 Aug, 7:00 am – 04 Nov, 11:00 pm
    Online Sessions
    Art therapy version of the InterLink program for people based anywhere in QLD, aged 18+ years. All sessions in this InterLink program will be delivered online starting in July 2022. This program is being run with the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health.
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  • Register for Other Sessions
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    Register your interest in attending InterLink at a future time
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