Every person in our community deserves dignity, safety, respect, kindness, and to be themselves. NSW Health is firmly committed to celebrating and strengthening diversity, inclusion and belonging in our health system.
NSW Health has listened to the voices, experiences and insights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people to understand the health outcomes that matter to them. In response, the landmark NSW LGBTIQ+ Health Strategy has been developed to ensure a safe, welcoming, and inclusive health system in NSW.
The NSW LGBTIQ+ Health Strategy marks a significant commitment in the history of the NSW Health system. The strategy provides direction to all NSW Health organisations and staff, so that collectively we can deliver the best care to LGBTIQ+ people and work with them to achieve optimal health and wellbeing. This includes the health, wellbeing and safety of our health staff who are LGBTIQ+.
The Strategy’s vision is for LGBTIQ+ people in NSW to receive high quality, safe, inclusive and responsive healthcare that delivers outcomes that matter to them. The strategic priorities for our system over the next five years are:
The Strategy has been built on the voices, experiences, and insights of over 1,600 LGBTIQ+ people across the State and more than 750 NSW Health staff.
NSW LGBTIQ+ Health Strategy 2022-2027 Implementation Plan has been developed to guide the NSW Health system as it commences its work to deliver the NSW LGBTIQ+ Health Strategy 2022-2027. The period for this first phase of implementation is from the Strategy’s release through to December 2023.
There are a wide range of NSW Health stakeholders that have an important role to play in enabling and driving the achievement of the Strategy; each bringing unique perspectives, knowledge and skills. Most importantly, working in partnership with LGBTIQ+ organisations as well as peer workforce engagement are key to the achievement of every action in the Strategy.
Summary of Evidence complements the Strategy and presents insights about the health needs, service access requirements and experiences of LGBTIQ+ people when engaging with healthcare in NSW.
Mental and emotional distress is the most prevailing issue faced by LGBTIQ+ people, with persistent exposure to stigma, discrimination, social isolation, and environments that create social anxiety, being the key causes. Exposure to and experiences of violence, abuse and neglect, and harmful patterns of alcohol and other drug use, are also connected to these causes.
The NSW Ministry of Health commissioned this work to provide NSW Health organisations and partner agencies with greater evidence to inform their approach to delivering high quality, safe, inclusive, and responsive healthcare that matters to LGBTIQ+ people.