Palliative Care - LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care includes treatment care and support which aims to increase a person’s quality of life and comfort as they experience life-limiting or advanced disease. This involves attention to the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of a person’s wellbeing. 

LGBTIQ+ people and Palliative Care

All LGBTIQ+ people should feel confident that they can access inclusive palliative care that is safe and respectful. The current research indicates that there are many barriers that prevent this. 

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is currently engaged in a three-year National Palliative Care Project that will build the capacity of the palliative care sector to provide culturally appropriate services to LGBTIQ+ people through: 

  • Research - needs analysis report to inform content for education
  • Development of educational e-modules targeted at GPs and Practice Nurses
  • A dynamic network of Community of Practice groups focused on LGBTIQ+ inclusive palliative care.

Scoping Review

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia has reviewed the literature on palliative and end-of-life care for LGBTIQ+ communities from 2016-2020. This scoping review highlights the barriers faced by LGBTIQ+ people, the facilitating factors that aim to address these barriers, and a focus on what to include in future education and training. The review also highlights areas that require more research and exploration.


Resources:

Palliative Care 11 Tips Poster

This poster provides healthcare professionals and healthcare services with key steps that lead to inclusive palliative care for people who are LGBTIQ+. These steps are supported by existing research both from Australia and Internationally.

Read more June 02, 2021 1:03 PM



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