At an event on 19th August WCHM, and our partner AIDS Action Council, was proud to release our newest report “This is what the real experience is like…” The views of same sex attracted women in the ACT about their health; their health needs; their access to services, supports, and information; and the barriers to maintain their health. At the event a panel, including Amber (the WCHM author), discussed the findings from the report and AIDS Action Council released a 14 page summary report to complement the full report, which can be found at the AIDS Action Council site.
The report summarises the results of a consultation we held on the health and health needs of same sex attracted women, and shares the findings and narratives of over 350 women who participated in the research about key health issues such as mental health, sexual health, use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and their experiences of services.
WCHM, with the support of the AIDS Action Council, conducted this research because understanding how same sex attracted women use services and knowing about their health issues at different stages can help to inform the provision of better health responses for them in the ACT, and inform better access to appropriate health information provision.
This research was important as it adds a local context to national and international evidence and brings the specific voices of ACT’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer (LGBQ) women to the discussion, and addresses a local data gap on women.