PrideFEST officially kicked off with Fairday 2019 held at Hyde Park on Saturday 2 November.
WA Primary Health Alliance was one of over 100 stallholders and had nine staff rostered on the both throughout the day to promote the importance of visiting your general practice and sharing the fantastic resources on cervical screening developed by The Inner Circle (link: https://www.theinnercircle.org.au/), funded by the Cancer Institute NSW and supported by ACON.
Staff also sought feedback on WA Primary Health Alliance initiatives to promote LGBTI friendly healthcare such as the patient cards designed by the HealthPathways Trans and Gender Diverse Working Group members to help trans and gender diverse individuals identify themselves to general practice staff so they can ensure they receive respectful and appropriate healthcare.
You can read more about Fairday here
or head to the Diversity and Inclusion page
on our website to see what we're all about.
WA Primary Health Alliance team members will be at Pride Fair Day again this year. We will be promoting the importance of visiting your general practice and sharing the fantastic resources on cervical screening from Inner Circle, funded by the Cancer Institute NSW and supported by ACON.
Visit the stall to learn more about our LGBTI health initiatives and to see what prizes can be won by sharing and adding your comments.
The WA LGBTI Health Strategy 2019 – 2024 (the Strategy) is a first of its kind in Western Australia (WA) and strives to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTI populations.
The Strategy sets out clear priorities and outcomes for the WA health system, Health Service Providers and health services on policy development and service delivery to achieve optimal health and wellbeing outcomes for LGBTI populations.
The Strategy is the result of contributions from a broad range of LGBTI populations. It is a platform to articulate their voices and provides an insight into their personal and deep reflections on their health experience and needs.
LGBTI people were involved in the development of the Strategy through a series of face-to-face community conversations and online surveys. More than 600 submissions were received, that detailed the priorities LGBTI people would like to see addressed.
A Reference Group of community members and representatives from WA Primary Health Alliance and the WA health system, coordinated by Health Networks has overseen the consultation process and collaborated to develop the Strategy, bringing their knowledge, expertise and experience to the translation of the consultation into the final document.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent LGBTI Health Awareness survey to help inform health service planning and ensure that health services are safe, welcoming and inclusive of the needs of LGBTI people. We received over 200 responses at Fairday and online. Overall responses indicated that LGBTI consumers want to be treated as ‘substantively equal’ to their heterosexual counterparts and that they seek health providers who are inclusive, non-judgemental and well-informed about issues related to LGBTI health.
Responses to the question asking what could be changed or improved with regards to healthcare services to make them better for LGBTI people could be summarised into the following themes:
- LGBTI-friendly practitioners: It is important for a practitioner to affirm their support for the LGBTI community, for example by advertising as LGBTI-friendly or by displaying a Rainbow flag or ally symbol.
- Accessibility: Respondents highlighted a need for bulk-billed, conveniently-located services.
- Inclusivity: Many LGBTI respondents expressed frustration with heteronormative assumptions made by doctors including assumptions about their gender, the gender of their partner, and their sexual practices. Intake forms should include options for those who are non-binary, intersex and/or transgender and allow them to state their preferred pronouns.
- LGBTI awareness training: Respondents emphasised the importance of LGBTI awareness training for all medical practitioners.
- Transgender-specific health issues: Respondents stated that it was very difficult to find medical practitioners who were knowledgeable about transgender issues such as gender reassignment surgery and hormone replacement therapy. Transgender patients should also be included in regular health screenings e.g. pap smears for trans men and prostate checks for trans women.
- LGBTI-specific mental health and suicide prevention services for LGBTI clients.
- Issues related to HIV/AIDS e.g. better screening and full PBS coverage of PEP, PREP and anti-retroviral medication.
You can read the full report here