Fortis Consulting, Western Australian Aids Council and Richmond Health Wellbeing co-convened the recent Improving health equity for LGBTI+ people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds Diversity Café with the Department of Health on November 21st 2018.
In this Café, a health consumer, a service provider and a clinician shared their perspectives and experiences around improving health equity for LGBTI+ people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Challenges and concerns for service providers, staff and consumers were also discussed including parental styles, lack of LGBTI+ facilities and information in workplaces, isolation and disconnection from communities and cultural / religious beliefs.
For many of the eighty participants, this was an opportunity to better understand the challenges for migrants who of LGBTI+ persuasions who feel excluded from LGBTI+ circles while needing to hide their sexual orientation in order to be acceptable to their communities and families. The mental health ramifications of that exclusion and duplicity may often be severe. By better understanding the context, many of the participants felt empowered to begin a journey of improvement and change in policy and practices in workplaces and in service delivery. We were pleased to share ideas for a better future with so many wonderful members of the community.