The Australian Lesbian Medical Association (ALMA) was founded in 1999 for lesbian doctors, lesbian medical students and their partners.

Now in its 16th year, the Australian Lesbian Medical Association (ALMA) conference www.almas.org.auhas chosen Alice Springs for the 2014 gathering, themed “Medicine Women Head to the Heart”.

Scheduled to run from 7-10 August, the conference carries on a tradition born out of the need of individual lesbian doctors to find a supportive network within a medical environment, according to Co-Convenor, Dr Wendy Pryor.

“The organisation has now matured into one which supports research and contributes to medical curriculum development. The organisation has contributed to the change within medical culture by assisting in policy development relating to sexual orientation and gender identity issues,” Dr Pryor added.

Each year the conference explores a different subject relevant to the work and lives of lesbian doctors. The 2014 event will explore health across cultures. 

ALMA members who work in rural and remote areas will contribute their particular insight and expertise. Each year the conference program has a section for student involvement, contribution and education.

AMLA offers general support to members in their professional roles and workplaces and mentoring for lesbian medical students. It also advances the visibility of lesbian women in the medical profession and advocates in relation to lesbian health, research and education.