LGBTIQ support for primary care
We host education and training, develop partnerships and commission services to enable better care for LGBTIQ+ people.
Primary health care for TGDNB people
This training module is designed to help GPs, practice nurses and medical students to become familiar with and sensitive to diverse terminology, experiences, health issues, standards and referral pathways with respect to trans, gender-diverse and non-binary (TGDNB) clients.
The overarching purpose of the program, the first of its kind in Australia, is to promote more inclusive and responsive services for TGDNB people in primary health care settings.
The full module takes about 60 minutes. It includes a variety of activities and visual content. Participants can complete individual units within the module at their own pace.
The module aims to help participants:
- create an affirming and inclusive environment for TGDNB patients attending general practice and community care
- understand the diversity of and terminology used by TGDNB people
- become familiar with the standards of care for TGDNB patients, including eligibility, assessment and referral pathways for gender transition (affirmation) therapies
- be aware of the key issues in hormone management and surgical options for gender affirmation
- be competent in providing care for common psychosocial issues among TGDNB patients.
Mental health care for TGDNB people
This training module is designed for a range of mental health professionals to become familiar with and sensitive to the diverse terminology, experiences, issues, standards, and referral pathways with respect to TGDNB clients.
The overarching purpose is to promote more inclusive and responsive service provision for TGDNB people in mental health care settings.
The full module takes approximately 2 hours to complete, covers a range of areas, and incorporates a variety of activities and visual content.
The module aims to help participants:
- be familiar with the diversity of and terminology used by TGDNB people
- create an affirming and inclusive environment for TGDNB clients attending mental health care settings
- build rapport and take a person’s gender history sensitively
- be aware of the gender affirmation care criteria in the current standards of care for TGDNB adults, children and adolescents
- be familiar with the various roles of mental health care providers for TGDNB clients before, during and after gender affirmation
- apply known psychosocial influences on TGDNB clients’ mental health to their counselling practice with this population
- understand the needs of families in supporting their child or young person through gender affirmation.
Watch these webinars discussing the development of this module:
This module is funded by North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network. The module was produced through a participatory and collaborative design process involving key stakeholders from the earliest development phase through to post-launch evaluation.
The lead authors are Dr Cal Andrews (University of Melbourne), Associate Professor Ruth McNair (GP and academic, University of Melbourne) and Ben Callegari (Clinical Psychologist, Northside Clinic).
The co-authors are listed below.
- Dr Gávi Ansara – email@example.com
- Brenda Appleton – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marie August – Marie.August@ds.org.au
- Geoffrey Carastathis – email@example.com
- Teddy Cook – TCook@acon.org.au
- Jaco Erasmus – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kim Felmingham – email@example.com
- Sally Goldner AM – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ange Morgan – email@example.com
- Ruby Susan Mountford – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Josh Muller – email@example.com
- Rachel Richardson – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mellem Rose – Mellem.Rose@gmail.com
- Asiel Adan Sanchez – email@example.com
- Vikki Sinnott – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Starlady – Starlady@cohealth.org.au
- Michelle Telfer – Michelle.Telfer@rch.org.au
- Tushara Wickramariyaratne – email@example.com