The ACT Government is focused on improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ Canberrans to make our city the most LGBTIQ+ inclusive and welcoming city in Australia.
The ACT Health Directorate’s LGBTIQ+ Health Scoping Study looks at the gaps and opportunities for health services for LGBTIQ+ people in the ACT and identifies barriers to seeking health services.
The term LGBTIQ+ is respectfully used as an umbrella term, and is not intended to be limited to only those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and/or queer.
ACT Health has engaged with LGBTIQ+ community members, clinicians, relevant NGOs, allies and government to ensure a wide range of voices could be captured. This report has been developed in response to stakeholder and LGBTIQ+ community engagement and is aimed to support the ACT’s future approach to LGBTIQ+ specific health services.
The report details a range of recommendations to help ensure health services meet the diverse needs and priorities of the ACT’s LGBTIQ+ community, including the need to focus on education, improve service provision and increase kindness and respect. The ACT Government has committed $360,000 in the 2021-22 ACT Budget to begin addressing the Scoping Study’s recommendations including developing an implementation plan and the co-design of a gender-focused health service in collaboration with NGOs and LGBTIQ+ stakeholders.
The scoping study was funded in the 2019-20 ACT Budget and aligns with the First Action Plan (2019-21) of the Capital of Equality Strategy (2019-23).