About RAD Australia
RAD Australia's mission is to connect trans, gender diverse, intersex, queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual and other sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTIQ)* people to accurate, safe, respectful, and comprehensive care and support in order to improve individual and community health and wellbeing.
*We use LGBTIQ as a recognisable acronym to refer to trans, gender non-binary, intersex, queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, questioning and other sexuality and gender diverse people, regardless of their terms of identification.
Who We Are
RAD Australia is a tool developed by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre’s LGBTIQ Help-Seeking project team that is comprised of several partners:
- WA AIDS Council’s Freedom Centre
- Western Sydney University
- Curtin University’s Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health
Our research led us to connect with RAD Remedy in the USA.
The name ‘RAD Australia’ is shorthand for ‘Referral Aggregator Database Australia’ and is a derivative of RAD Remedy USA’s name. We adapted their excellent American-focussed open-source website to the Australian context in order to produce RAD Australia. We give much credit and enormous thanks to RAD Remedy for being so generous and collaborative with our team!
Our Values /Philosophy
We believe in the strength and resilience of LGBTIQ people, and in helping them access the resources they need to be all they want to be. We believe that knowledge sharing within the LGBTIQ community is key to its empowerment.
We believe that ‘together we can do better’ - that we can have a much greater impact by working together as a collective, than we can as individual organisations.
We are motivated to facilitate LGBTIQ people’s sense of community and belonging.
We believe that LGBTIQ people are experts on their own lives and know what’s best for themselves.
Freedom Centre and Twenty10 have been working to support the wellbeing of LGBTIQ people for decades and have seen first-hand how seeking help can mean facing some huge hurdles and barriers. We saw an opportunity to find a solution with the Young and Well CRC and their partners.
Initial research for the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre’s LGBTIQ Help-Seeking project was conducted in 2015 with LGBTIQ young people and mental health service providers about their needs. Data shows that trans people, gender diverse people, and other members of LGBTIQ populations of young people face significant barriers in mental health help-seeking, and that their needs are often unmet by existing digital tools and services for mental health support. The project report "You Learn From Each Other": LGBTIQ Young People’s Mental Health Help-seeking and the RAD Australia Online Directory from Western Sydney University's website here.
Then we found RAD Remedy (USA) and saw in action what our research told us to do in Australia. We were very kindly given access to the open source coding that makes up their website so that we could adapt it to suit Australian needs and evidence.
Freedom Centre and Twenty10 are excited to take RAD Australia into the future with you! Your reviews, submissions and the RAD Action Group volunteers from our communities will keep the information on RAD Australia relevant and up to date.
We are also hopeful that the opportunity to continue our relationship with RAD Remedy USA through our complementary websites will enhance the wellbeing of LGBTIQ people around the world.
About the RAD Australia prototype
The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre’s LGBTIQ Help-Seeking project was funded until June 2016, but Twenty10 and Freedom Centre are committed to supporting the user-generated content of the site and making sure the site is maintained into the future. You can help us to do that by getting involved.