Resources for Gender
The Australian Men's Shed Association
The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) is the peak body supporting almost 1000 Men’s Sheds and is recognised as one of Australia’s largest male based community development organisations.
AMSA, funded by the Federal Department of Health, provides practical support to Men’s Sheds and delivera a wide range of services, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of members and reduce the number of men who are at risk from preventable health issues that may emanate from isolation
AMSA recognises as a Men’s Shed any community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organisation that is accessible to all men and whose primary activity is the provision of a safe and friendly environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects.
Visit this website for more information, to find a men’s shed near you or to find out how to start your own.
Transcend was founded in 2012 by Rebekah Robertson. It is a grassroots, unfunded support network and was the first parent led peer support network for the families of transgender children in Australia. In 2007, when Rebekah was desperately searching for information and support in regard to her child, Georgie Stone’s gender identity there was none to be found here in Australia.
Rebekah named this support network Transcend as it was a positive affirmation that families and the children they love and support could overcome the difficulties they may face in raising a transgender child. Not simply survive, but transcend them and thrive. Since then Transcend has connected hundreds of families to medical, legal and educational support services as well as parent/carer communities around Australia.
Run on a totally voluntary basis, we have worked alongside other community organisations to promote and support programs which help trans and gender diverse kids reach their full potential. Among these organisations are the Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service, Justice Connect, Safe Schools Coalition and the Victorian Government LGBTIQ Reference Group.
Transcend also raises funds for the RCH Gender Service through our auxiliary. All funds raised go directly to the service and support research and other initiatives. Transcend has fiercely advocated for law reform around access to medical treatment for trans teens for the past ten years. Founder Rebekah Robertson has now been joined by her equally determined daughter Georgie Stone, who’s personal story ‘About A Girl’ captured hearts and minds when it aired on Australian Story in August 2016.
Georgie Stone and Rebekah Robertson speak regularly at events, panel discussions, conferences and schools. If you would like them to speak at your next event please contact Speaking Out.
The National Rural Women's Coalition
The National Rural Women’s Coalition provides a collaborative voice for women living in rural, remote and regional Australia. It represents the diverse views of women helping to build a positive profile of their achievements and issues. NRWC provides policy advice to the Australian Government on matters relevant to the views and circumstances of rural women and also takes a leading role in ensuring that it helps as many rural, regional and remote women as possible to achieve their goals.
The NRWC provides initiatives such as leadership programs, forums, meetings, conferences, round-tables and webinars as well as other digital communication platforms such as social media to communicate with women throughout Australia. It brings women together who are sometimes thousands of miles apart geographically and whilst distance is a barrier, these women have so many similar attributes in their personal lives and professional aspirations. Technology enables the NRWC to continue to deliver exceptional programs to enhance the skills of these rural, regional and remote women.
Virtual training classrooms and other digital communication channels have enabled these Australian women to become empowered to shine, equipping them with the skills to make a difference within their industry and/or community.Formed in 2002 and funded by the Australian Government, the National Rural Women’s Coalition is one of five alliances taking the lead and ensuring the voices of as many women as possible are heard by Government, especially those women, who in the past have found it difficult to engage in advocacy and decision making.