RAINBOW HEALTH TIP SHEET - LGBTIQ+ INCLUSION FOR COVID-19 REMOTE SERVICES

Rainbow Health Victoria has created this tip sheet to assist in providing safe and inclusive remote services to LGBTIQ people due to the impact of COVID-19.

Rainbow Health Victoria would like to acknowledge the difficult time we all face with the current public health crisis caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Overall, older people and those with underlying health conditions are more at risk. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities are known to have significant health disparities, which might influence disease outcomes. These include a greater risk for HIV, certain cancers, asthma, obesity and cardiovascular disease, and higher smoking rates.

The current situation is understandably causing stress and uncertainty throughout all our communities. Within this, LGBTIQ communities experience poorer mental health and higher rates of suicide and self-harm, and could be at greater risk in relation to experiences of anxiety, depression and isolation.
Accessing available health and community support services is more important than ever for LGBTIQ communities. But barriers to accessing services – for example, expecting or experiencing discrimination – may be heightened at times of stress and upheaval.

Rainbow Health Victoria has created this tip sheet to assist in providing safe and inclusive remote services to LGBTIQ people due to the impact of COVID-19.
If there is anything we can do to further support you, please contact us at rainbowhealthvic@latrobe.edu.au