The NSW LGBTIQ + Health Strategy marks a significant commitment in the history of the NSW health system. This initiative creates the framework for NSW Health to better meet the needs of LGBTIQ+ people, ensure that all people in NSW have equal access to health services, and reduce inequalities in health outcomes for different groups.
In partnership with the NSW Ministry of Health, our team has helped develop the first of its kind strategy. The strategy was established after a comprehensive evidence-based needs assessment process, which included literature review and consultations with LGBTIQ + people and health professionals in the Sydney metro and NSW regional areas.
The Ministry’s LGBTI Health Strategy Working Group, which consists of NSW Health staff and representatives of more than 10 community organisations, has helped refine the strategy.
Highlights of the project include addressing prejudice and discrimination among health professionals, supporting the mental health needs of LGBTIQ + people, providing better access to gender-affirming treatments and care for trans people, and ensuring the human rights of people with intersex differences.
The framework aims to better meet the needs of LGBTIQ+ people, ensuring that all people in NSW have equal access to health services, while reducing inequalities in health outcomes.