WCHM is collaborating with the AIDS Action Council to research the health and health needs of same sex attracted women.

Women who are same sex attracted are invited to participate in a survey open until 26 November. Survey participants who are interested in participating in focus groups will also have the opportunity to discuss their health needs and access to services in more detail after the survey has closed.

Being a same sex attracted women is a social determinant of health:

“sexual orientation can be a social determinant of health in much the same way as are factors such as gender, socio-economic status or ethnicity. The impact of being a lesbian or a same-sex attracted woman can lead to a variety of lower health outcomes through a combination of lifestyle choices such as smoking and alcohol consumption, and through the effects of discrimination.”[1]

Research by the AIDS Action Council shows that health services could be more inclusive of the needs of the LGBTIQ community. They found that the presumption of heterosexuality and gender meant that LGBTIQ people often felt invisible and did not have their health needs addressed.[2]

If you know anyone who identifies as a woman and is same sex attracted, please pass this survey on. This survey will be open until the 26th of November 2018, and will help to inform advocacy and future projects. Contact us if you have any questions.

1 ACON, Turning point. ACON lesbian health strategy, 2008-2011, Sydney, 2008, retrieved on the 13th of September, 2018:
https://issuu.com/aconhealth/docs/lesbian-health-strategy-a5-web

2 LGBTIQ Community Consortium, CBR LGBTIQ Community Consortium consultation findings, Canberra, 2016, retrieved on the 13th of September 2018: https://www.aidsaction.org.au/images/documents/LGBTIQ_Consortium_Report_2016_FINAL.pdf