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From late Aprtil 2015, the iconic Imperial Hotel, Erskineville, in the heart of the village,
will be under the new management of Spice Group International (SGI), the team be-
hind Spice Cellar in Sydney’s CBD. To chaperone in the new era for the much-loved
inner west pub, SGI are proud to unveil the next steps in reinvigorating the illustrious
history of the Imperial Hotel.
By acknowledging the rich history of the Imperial Hotel (including its starring
role in the film Priscilla - Queen of the Desert), SGI will consolidate the “now” and
envision the “next”. The new management will also honour the fine arts of drag and
burlesque, giving a fresh voice to a uniquely Sydney tradition.
The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC,
RAN, has launched a new recruiting campaign on
behalf of the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal
Binskin, highlighting the Australian Defence Force (ADF)
as an attractive and attainable career option for women.
The campaign is designed to encourage more women to
consider the career opportunities available in the ADF.
“ Women currently make up 18 per cent of the Australian
Defence Force and it is well understood that this is not a fair
representation of the gender balance in today’s working
s o c iet y. Our aim is to create a more inclusive work environ-
ment and to position Defence as an employer of choice for
women and men alike.”
The new campaign features women who are actively
serving in the defence forces. The service women detail
the rewards a military career has to offer and ask other
Australian women the question - ‘ If they could do what they
love, what would it be?’.
Switchboard Victoria is excited to announce
the launch of its new service, Out and About.
A volunteer based home visiting program for
older people who identify as LGBTIQ, who
may be lonely or socially isolated and whose
quality of life may be improved by receiving a
To receive an Out and About community visi-
tor the person must be in receipt of a Home
Care Package and identify as LGBTIQ. Switch
volunteers visit older LGBTIQ people on a
regular basis to undertake activities such as
talking and sharing their life stories, reading,
watching TV, a movie or going out for a walk.
Switchboard is looking for volunteers over
the age of 18 years, from all backgrounds
with good communication skills to volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering or would
like to find out more about this new service
please call Sandy Ashton, Switchboard’s Out
and About Coordinator, on 0466 218 921 or
• THE IMPERIAL HOTEL ERSKINEVILLE UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
• DEFENCE LAUNCHES NEW RECRUITING CAMPAIGN FOR WOMEN
• SWITCHBOARD LAUNCHES NEW SERVICE FOR OLDER LGBTIQ PEOPLE
• NEW REPORT REVEALS LESBIAN HEALTH GAPS
A world leading study shows that Sydney based
lesbian, bisexual and queer women experience
a range of poor health outcomes, including
high rates of mental health issues, and rates
of smoking and risky alcohol use much higher
than those of women in general population.
The study examines sexual behaviour, sexual
health, drug use and other health issues, pre-
senting one of the most comprehensive data
sets on LBQ women’s health in Australia.
1100 women participated in the latest round of
the survey which was conducted in 2014.
Doctor and LGBTIQ health advocate, Professor
Kerryn Phelps AM, commented: “Data from the
report on illicit drug use, smoking, risky drink-
ing and mental health concerns illustrate that
mainstream population-based health promo-
tion campaigns don’t seem to be reaching this
group of women, putting them at higher risk of
a range of morbidities.”
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