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On the 20th of August, WCHM and our partner AIDS Action Council, will be releasing our newest report on the results of a consultation on the health and health needs of same sex attracted women. The report will summarise the findings and narratives of over 350 women who participated in the research.
WCHM and 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, including cis and transgender women voices to the discussion. And it addresses a local data gap for LGBQ women which will complement the Canberra Gay Community Periodic Survey of gay, bisexual, and trans men 18 years and older.
WCHM and AIDS Action Council hope that this feedback from ACT LGBQ women will provide an up to date understanding about the differences for LGBQ women in the health status, health issues, experiences of health and wellbeing, health service use and barriers, and health information seeking.
And that the findings contribute to informing improvements to health programs and policies in the ACT, that enable LGBQ women to use and engage with the ACT health care system more effectively to improve their overall health and wellbeing.