Building a nation Cervical Cancer Elimination Strategy - LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

Building a national Cervical Cancer Elimination Strategy

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) and the Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer (ACPCC) are working together to help the Australian Government build a strategy to eliminate cervical cancer in Australia by 2035.

The overarching vision is to achieve elimination for all people with a cervix across the diverse communities we have in Australia, including LGBTIQ+ communities. No one should be left behind. 

The National Elimination Project Team invites LGBTIQ+ communities to join the consultation.

LHA is a member of the advisory body overseeing the development of Australia’s first ever strategy to eliminate a cancer. LHA and its member organisations strongly encourage people who identify as LGBTIQ+ to join in the consultation. Everyone with a cervix can help shape Australia’s first ever plan to eliminate a cancer. It is important that LGBTIQ+ people’s experiences and needs are heard.

Consultation is now open and will end on 29 July.

If you have an experience you want to share about your experience of accessing the HPV vaccine, screening and/or treatment services, we would like to hear from you.

You can contribute your voice to the National Cervical Cancer Elimination Strategy via:

  • Online Survey – open until 29 July
  • A series of focus group sessions for trans men, non-binary people and LGBQ women

Online survey

The online survey is open until 29 July 2022 and takes about 5 minutes to complete. If you have ‘lived experience’ with cervical cancer and are willing to complete an extended survey, it will take an additional 5-10 minutes.

Click this link to complete the survey

Your contribution is extremely valued and important!

Focus groups

We are holding three focus groups. Each will run for 1.5 hours with a maximum of 12 people per group.

Focus group participants will receive a $50 gift card as a thank you.

Trans men focus group

Date and time: Tuesday 12 July 2022, 5:30-7:00PM AEST

Location: Melbourne (Victorian Pride Centre, 79/81 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182)

Co-facilitator: Joe Ball, CEO of Switchboard

Non-binary focus group

Date and time: Wednesday 6 July 2022, 1:00-2:00PM AEST

Location: Sydney (ACON, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010)

Co-facilitator: Zed Tintor, Deputy CEO of LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

LGBQ women focus group

Date and time: Thursday 7 July 2022 4:30-6:00PM AEST

Location: Online via Zoom

Co-facilitator: Karen Price, Deputy CEO of ACON

During the focus group, we will talk about HPV vaccination, cervical screening and cancer treatment. We want to know how to help you receive the right support and services to be protected against or treated for cervical cancer. If you have an experience, perspective, or idea to share, please join us!

Register to the focus group by emailing [email protected].

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LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, (formerly the National LGBTI Health Alliance), is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people and other sexuality, gender and bodily diverse (LGBTIQ+) people and communities. Dropping the “+” from our name only occurs within digital formats that do not allow mathematical symbols, such as within our domain name, handles and hashtags.
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