Australian Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Promotion and Research Grant


2017 Research Grant Announcement

The Australian Lesbian Medical Association is pleased to announce our 2017 funding round of grants to the value of $10,000.


The aim of the grant is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian lesbians and bisexual women through enabling small projects in education or research, which can be completed within one year. We are particularly interested in projects that focus on

  • Mental health promotion

  • Violence prevention

  • Propagation of the findings of existing research in accessible forms

Projects in other areas will be considered and projects must be nationally applicable.


Applicants are to submit their proposal no later than Friday 9th June 2017. Proposals should address the grant selection criteria. Short-listed applicants will be invited to present project proposals for discussion and feedback during the ALMA National Conference in September either in person or on line.


For further information, contact:

Dr Ea Mulligan

M: 0414-308-042, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr Anne Tonkin

M: 0414-411-732, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This grant was established by the Australian Lesbian Medical Association (ALMA) in 2004. It was modeled on the successful Lesbian Health Fund, run by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association in the USA.

To date there have been six grant rounds, in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2013. From 2005 to 2008, the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON) joined with ALMA to offer the grant. The grants during this time were jointly administered by ALMA and ACON, with ALMA as the fund-holder. 2010 grant was funded by ALMA with an extra $5000.00 from funds previously received from ACON, however this grant was administered solely by ALMA. In 2013 the grant was jointly offered by ALMA ($5,000) and GALFA ($1,000 - Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia)


Grant Aim and Goals

The aim of the grant is to improve the health and health care of Australian lesbian and bisexual women through enabling small projects in education or research.

A social model of health is our focus including ensuring equity and access to health care. We favour research and education proposals using a collaborative, partnership model. Proposals should focus on at least one of the following goals:

1.     To produce quality Australian research evidence in lesbian and bisexual women’s health, including determinants of health and experiences of health care.

2.     To develop specific health promotion initiatives for lesbian and bisexual women in Australia.

3.     To support the education of Australian health care providers on issues relevant to lesbian and bisexual women and in culturally competent health care provision.

4.     To support lesbian and bisexual women working in the Australian health care sector through research or education.


Selection process

A selection panel of at least three people is convened (preferably consisting of at least 2 ALMA members and 1 ACON or GALFA representative). The panel will comprise at least one member with postgraduate research experience/qualifications, one member with educational experience/qualifications, and at least one member must be an ALMA committee member. Members are to declare any association with applicants and will be replaced if deemed to have a conflict of interest. Selection will be based on 3 independent scores, and then a consensus decision.

All applicants will be notified of the selection panel decision within 1 month of applications being received. They may request a copy of scores and reviewers comments.

The successful applicant will be invited to attend an ALMA conference, during which an award presentation will be made.


Selection rating criteria

  • Relevance and significance to Australian lesbian and bisexual women's health, 10 points
  • Relevance of project proposal against key theme/s, 10 points
  • Quality of the research or educational methodology and design, 30 points
  • Feasibility of the project in achieving its stated objectives within the time-frame, 30 points
  • Evidence of research or educational experience, or for new researchers/educators, evidence of supervision by an experienced researcher/educator, 10 points
  • Feasibility of the budget, 10 points


Reporting and other requirements

  • Ethics approval must be obtained if applicable to the project type.
  • The grant holder must submit an interim report half way through the project and a final report within 3 months of project completion, including a financial statement to the ALMA committee.
    • Payment will be made once successful applicants are announced.
  • The successful applicant(s) will be invited to present the outcomes of their project at an ALMA conference
  • The successful applicant(s) is/are encouraged to submit a paper to a peer-reviewed journal regarding the research/education outcomes.


Research Recipients and Outcomes

Please click on the links below for research outcomes from each year.





2010 To download the final report for the Well Proud Women - LBT inclusive services at BreastScreen Victoria project click here


Click here for the media release announcing Lesbian Parenting Australia Inc as the ALMA-galfa grant recipient in 2013