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What does inclusive sexual and reproductive healthcare look like for bisexual, pansexual and queer women? Findings from an exploratory study from Tasmania, Australia

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Grant, RF and Nash, M and Hansen, E, What does inclusive sexual and reproductive healthcare look like for bisexual, pansexual and queer women? Findings from an exploratory study from Tasmania, Australia, Culture, Health and Sexuality, (8 April 2019) ISSN 1464-5351 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13691058.2019.1584334

Abstract

Increased awareness of the health disparities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people has driven the need for LGBTIQ-inclusive medical practices internationally. However, despite bisexual, pansexual and queer women’s increased sexual health risks and reduced engagement with health services, there is little qualitative research examining their healthcare experiences. In addition, healthcare practitioners continue to report lack of awareness and competence in inclusive practice, particularly regarding these groups. To address these gaps in the literature and practice, this study draws on 21 qualitative interviews with women and general practitioners, comparing and contrasting their understandings and experiences of inclusive sexual and reproductive healthcare. Findings reveal that women value practitioners who take a non-judgemental approach, use inclusive language and are knowledgeable or willing to self-educate about LGBTIQ issues. Practitioners describe prioritising visual indicators of inclusivity, using inclusive language and embracing professional development. However, women and doctors both identify knowledge gaps among healthcare providers and the need for additional training opportunities to support effective inclusive practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sexuality, gender, identity, general practice, LGBTIQ, women, rural, Tasmania
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Other Studies in Human Society
Research Field:Gender Specific Studies
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Women's Health
UTAS Author:Grant, RF (Miss Ruby Grant)
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Dr Meredith Nash)
UTAS Author:Hansen, E (Dr Emily Hansen)
ID Code:131888
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-04-11
Last Modified:2019-08-02
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