LGBTI Health Awareness Survey Report
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.