ALMA was a twinkle in the eye of a handful of lesbian doctors in the late 1990s.
Founding members, including Carol Booth, Alison Rutherford, and Liz Rickman came up with the audacious plan of holding a conference for lesbian doctors and medical students.
The first ALMA conference was held in 1999 at Lake Macquarie NSW, and attracted a startling 32 lesbian doctors, medical students and partners.
So inspired were the participants, that they decided to create a national lesbian medical organisation - and ALMA was born.
Since then, she has gone from strength to strength. Numerous women have joined and volunteered.
Annual conferences have been held every year since ALMA’s inception.
Several research & health promotion projects have been funded by ALMA’s research grants.
ALMA has contributed to medical curricula, government policy, and advocated for lesbian health in many arenas.