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Young bisexual women's sexual health care experiences in Australian rural general practice


Grant, R and Nash, M, Young bisexual women's sexual health care experiences in Australian rural general practice, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 27, (3) pp. 224-228. ISSN 1038-5282 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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2019 National Rural Health Alliance Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1111/ajr.12505


Objective To examine how young bisexual women in rural Tasmania experience routine sexual health care in general practice settings.

Design Semi‐structured interviews with bisexual women were used for this study. Self‐selected and purposive sampling were used to recruit women in 2015. Participants were recruited via community social media pages and a not‐for‐profit organisation supporting same‐sex attracted rural youth. Data were analysed thematically.

Setting Regional and rural areas in the north and south of Tasmania, Australia.

Participants Fifteen bisexual women, 18‐26 years of age, with experience seeking sexual health care in Tasmania.

Main outcome measure(s) Semi‐structured interviews explored women's experiences of inclusive sexual health care.

Results Four key themes emerged from the thematic analysis: (a) issues of health care accessibility in rural Tasmania; (b) the importance of visual signs of inclusivity in rural clinics; (c) practitioner attitudes; and (d) use of inclusive, gender‐neutral language.

Conclusions Rural bisexual women prefer practitioners who make meaningful efforts to be inclusive and take a non‐judgmental approach to sexual health care. Additional resources are needed to support rural communities and their health care providers to prioritise inclusive health practices.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sexuality, gender, identity, general practice, LGBTIQ, women, rural, Tasmania
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Rural sociology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Grant, R (Dr Ruby Grant)
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
ID Code:130821
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-02-14
Last Modified:2020-09-10

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