Enhancing LGBTIQ+ affirming-practice in clinical settings

LGBTIQ+ patients continue to avoid or delay help-seeking from health practitioners, in fear of stereotyping or discrimination. This fear stems from experiences of discrimination, barriers to accessing affirming health care and nationwide health inequities.

True will present a one day workshop, commencing in May, to provide practical steps to enhance LGBTIQ+ affirming-practice in clinical settings. Participants will explore examples of the unique health and well-being issues that contribute to LGBTIQ+ people avoiding and/or delaying help-seeking and look at practical ways to overcome these issues.

The workshop will provide current evidence on LGBTIQ+ population health, insight into LGBTIQ+ inclusive practices and principles for affirming service-provision and increased confidence for clinical workers when engaging with LGBTIQ+ patients, their carers or supporters.

Course content

  • Key concepts of diverse bodies, genders, relationships and sexualities
  • Exploration and application of LGBTIQ+ affirming individual practice
  • Sharing diverse perspectives of intersectional LGBTIQ+ lived experiences, socio-political contexts and mental health
  • Key considerations working with a patient during a time of affirmation alongside complex health needs
  • Safety planning with a LGBTIQ+ patient who is a victim-survivor of violence
  • LGBTIQ+ affirming organisational culture in clinical and health education settings

Learning outcomes

  • Summarise key concepts of diverse bodies, genders, relationships and sexualities
  • Outline key concepts of trauma-informed practice in the context of LGBTIQ+ mental health
  • Apply LGBTIQ+ affirming individual practice within interpersonal interactions
  • Identify unconscious bias within clinical and health promotion contexts
  • Demonstrate cultural competency in the area of LGBTIQ+ patient care and safety
  • Differentiate organisational cultures to identify LGBTIQ+ affirming environments

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For over 40 years, True has been one of the most respected providers of sexuality and relationship education in Australia. True is renowned for its expert clinical services, education and training and its innovative approach to child safety.