Palliative Care Week 2022 - LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

Palliative Care Week 2022

National Palliative Care Week (NPCW) will be held from Sunday 22 May – Saturday 28 May, with the theme “Palliative Care It’s your right”. NPCW hopes to spark important conversations in the community about the benefits of quality palliative care and celebrate the amazing dedication of all those working and volunteering in palliative care across Australia.

Recently LHA conducted research into the experiences of LGBTIQ+ communities and palliative care.

Here are some of our key findings:

  • LGBTIQ+ people accessing palliative and end-of-life care experience discrimination both internationally and in Australia. Other factors that impact palliative care experiences include pre-existing mental illness, financial and housing precarity, discriminatory policies and systems, and lifelong minority stress.
  • People who are LGBTIQ+ may delay or avoid seeking care due to fear of discrimination and previous stigmatising experiences with health care services. Little is known about LGBTIQ+ people who live at the intersections of multiple identities which may include disability, culture and ethnicity.

Learn more about palliative care

Official Resources

Palliative Care Australia has created resources to help you raise awareness of palliative care and advanced care planning in your workplace or organisation.

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Advanced Care Planning

Does your community know about advanced care planning?  If someone you work with became seriously ill or was injured, would they trust that medical professionals know what care they want or who they nominate as their preferred decision-makers?

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Webinar: LGBTIQ+ Palliative Care

Join Hannah Morgan, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's National Palliative Care Project Coordinator, to learn more about the barriers LGBTIQ+ people experience when they access palliative care services, and what skills and knowledge are required to create safe, respectful and inclusive practices for our communities.

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May 22, 2022 at 12:00am - May 29, 2022 (AEDT)

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ABOUT LGBTIQ+ Health Australia
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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