The unprecedented public health crisis we face presents enormous challenges to governments and health systems across Australia. Beyond the immediate health impacts of COVID-19, the social and economic consequences are serious and far-reaching.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate existing health inequalities. Some populations that experience health inequalities are disproportionately affected and may be further marginalised when accessing crucial health and social wellbeing services. This includes LGBTI people.
We know that COVID-19 does not discriminate; nor should our health response. This is why we have developed the #LGBTIQHealthPledge campaign – to promote LGBTI inclusive principles to ensure that LGBTIQ+ people continue to receive culturally appropriate and affirmative care during this challenging time.
Take the pledge to:
- Build awareness around the unique challenges LGBTIQ+ people face when accessing the health system during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Promote principles of LGBTIQ+ inclusive practice to ensure that LGBTI people continue to receive culturally safe and high-quality services now and into the future.
- Build confidence within LGBTIQ+ communities that mainstream health and wellbeing services across Australia will continue to consider their unique health needs and circumstances.
- Reduce discrimination and stigma against LGBTIQ+in healthcare settings and thereby improving their health outcomes.
Take the #LGBTIQHealthPledge today and share our tips for LGBTI inclusive practice. Through social solidarity and understanding we can ease the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ+ communities.