Our large workforce consists of LGBTIQ+ community members, families and allies. We provide health services to one of the largest LGBTIQ+ populations in NSW.
How we support the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ communities
We have a long history of supporting the health of LGBTIQ+ communities in a range of service areas and settings. Including our HIV response from the outset of the epidemic in Sydney with HIV testing and treatment; HIV Community Allied Health services; the only HIV Dementia residential facility in the world; and hosting the state-wide Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service and Pozhet Service for heterosexual people living with HIV.
We are proud to support our LGBTIQ+ families and young people through our Rainbow Families Antenatal classes and our Youthblock youth health service.
The NSW LGBTIQ+ Health Strategy 2022-2027 provides direction to all NSW Health organisations and staff, to deliver the best care to LGBTIQ+ people and work with them to achieve optimal health and wellbeing. This includes the health, wellbeing and safety of our health staff who are LGBTIQ+.
The Strategy’s vision is for LGBTIQ+ people in NSW to receive high quality, safe, inclusive and responsive healthcare that delivers outcomes that matter to them.
Priority population focus areas under the strategy include:
LGBTIQ+ consumers and carers
Trans and gender diverse people
Trans and gender diverse young people
LGBTIQ+ people experiencing mental health and at risk of suicide
Leading on LGBTIQ+ inclusion in healthcare
Sydney Local Health District was the first in NSW with a dedicated role to improve health services for LGBTIQ+ people.
As part of our LGBTIQ+ inclusion work we will:
Identify and progress strategies to address priority areas for LGBTIQ+ inclusion.
Look for opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ communities through health prevention, promotion, research and partnerships.
Engage with members of the LGBTIQ+ community.
Improve our services, and increase the skills, knowledge and confidence of our staff to be more LGBTIQ+ inclusive.
Increasing skills and knowledge of staff.
Become an employer of choice for LGBTIQ+ people wanting to work in health services.
If you’ve noticed any friends or family that aren’t acting themselves or you see signs that they might be struggling, check in with them and remember to seek mental health or suicide prevention support if you feel concerned.
To enhance existing services, NSW Health is developing a coordinated, statewide Specialist Trans and Gender Diverse Health Service (TGD Health Service) to provide gender affirming health care for people aged under 25.
In Sydney Local Health District, we acknowledge that we are living and working on Gadigal, Wangal and Bediagal land, part of the EORA Nation. We pay our respect to all elders past, present and emerging. Our vision is to have the healthiest Aboriginal community in Australia.