Health Professionals - LBQ Women's Health Education

Welcome to the DocLIST Health Professionals page.  This page provides links to a range of journal articles, research reports and other resources relating to LGBTIQ health for health professionals in Australia.

There are 9 topic areas to explore.  To notify the DocLIST team regarding any issues with the resources or links on this page or to recommend additional educational material for this page please contact us at

LBQ Women’s Health

Lesbian Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health: A Guide for GPs

Author: Ruth McNair

Medicine Today Volume 20 No. 4 April 2019

Disclosure for same sex attracted women enhancing the quality of the patient-doctor relationship in general practice

Authors: Ruth McNair, Kelsey Hegarty, Angela Taft

Australian Journal of General Practice Volume 44, No.8, August 2015

Guide to Sensitive Care for Lesbian Gay and Bisexual People Attending General Practice

Author: Ruth McNair

This guide has been designed to assist GPs, practice nurses and practice staff to be inclusive of and sensitive to lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.

Medical care of sexual minority women

Author: Nina M. CarrollUp

To Date article (accessible with UpToDate subscription)

O&G Magazine Volume 20 Number 4 ‘LGBTIQA’

includes numerous useful articles on cervical screening, fertility options, intersex people, gender dysphoria

LGBTIQ Cultural Awareness

LGBTI Cultural Awareness Training and Accreditation

Rainbow Health Victoria offer a range of training and professional development options for individuals and organisations aimed at improving the quality of services they provide to LGBTI people.

The Rainbow Tick

The Rainbow Tick is a quality framework that helps organisations demonstrate that they are safe, inclusive and affirming services and employers for the LGBTI community. It is made up of six standards designed to build lasting LGBTI inclusion. Organisations that receive The Rainbow Tick will have the opportunity to be listed in a national register of LGBTI accredited organisations.

LGBTIQ Young People’s health

Writing Themselves In 3 Report

The third national study on the sexual health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender questioning young people

Families Like Mine: A Guide to Support Families and Parents of LGBTGD Young People 2013

Developed by Beyondblue, this multimedia guide aims to support parents & families to reduce discrimination and promote an inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, gender-diverse and questioning young people, which is protective of mental health and reduces the risk of suicide

Beyond Awkward: Talking with Young People with Mental Health Issues about their Sexuality, Gender Identity, Sexual Safety, Sexual Activity

produced for clinicians by Orygen Youth Health

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and other sexual minoritized youth: Epidemiology and health concerns

Authors: Michelle Forcier and Johanna Olson-Kennedy

Up To Date article (accessible with UpToDate subscription)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and other sexual minoritized youth: Primary care

Authors: Michelle Forcier and Johanna Olson-Kennedy

Up To Date article (accessible with UpToDate subscription)

LBQ Women’s Sexual Health

Report of the Sydney Women and Sexual Health Survey 2006 - 2016

Authors: Julie Mooney-Somers, Rachel M. Deacon, Christiane Kilnner, Juliet Richters, Nicolas Parkhill

LGBTQIA gynaecological screening

Author: Kimberley Ivory

O&G Magazine Volume 20 No. 4 Summer 2018

Sexual diversity in patients -The importance of being nonjudgemental

Author: DJ Williams

Australian Journal of General Practice Volume 41, No.10, October 2012

LGBTIQ Mental Health

A Closer Look at Private Lives 2 Report 2015

Authors: William Leonard, Anthony Lyons, Emily Bariola

A Closer Look at Private Lives 2 - addressing the mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Australians is a companion report to the second Private Lives report

MindOUT! Webinars

This exciting and innovative series of webinars that critically engages with topics relevant to understanding mental health and suicide prevention for LGBTI people.

In each webinar, the presenter will speak for 40 minutes on a topic pertinent to LGBTI mental health and suicide prevention, followed by a Q&A session.

Practice Wisdom: Working therapeutically with LGBTI clients

A manual drawing on the consulting room experience of psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors working with LGBTI clients, published by LGBTI Health Alliance in 2014

Family Violence in LGBTIQ Families and Communities

Intimate Partner Violence and LGBTIQ People: Raising Awareness in General Practice

Philomena Horsely, Batool Moussa, Jane Fisher, Susan Rees

Medicine Today Volume 17 No. 11 November 2016

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Primary Prevention of Family Violence Against People From LGBTI Communities

This research project was commissioned by the Victorian government in response to needs identified by the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Recognising the significant gaps in research and knowledge with respect to family violence against people from lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, and intersex (LGBTI) communities, this research specifically focuses on the prevention of family violence against LGBTI people.

Say It Out Loud

An excellent resource for LGBTIQ people experiencing family violence (NSW-based)

Sexual Violence and GLBTI Communities Fact Sheet

This resource sheet was published by the Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault in 2012

Queer Without Fear

Domestic and Family Violence in LGBT Relationships Booklet 2013

Alcohol and Other Drug Use in LGBTIQ People

Working with LGTBTI people: Alcohol and Drugs

Fact sheet published by LGBTI Health Alliance in 2016

The Alice Study: Alcohol and Lesbian/Bisexual Women: Insights into Culture and Emotions 2014

Chief Investigator: Ruth McNair

LGBTIQ People from Multicultural and Multifaith Backgrounds

Supporting Same Sex Attracted and Gender Diverse Young People of Multicultural and Multifaith Backgrounds Report 2016

This Victorian research project involved conducting a case study analysis of the needs of SSAGD (same-sex attracted and gender diverse) young people of multicultural and multifaith (MCMF) backgrounds.

Support Service Engagement by LGBTIQ+ Muslims

A research project aimed at improving understanding of the unique service needs and delivery requirements for vulnerable members of the Muslim LGBTIQ+ community 2018

Something for Them Report 2016

Something for them: Meeting the support needs of same sex attracted, sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young people who are recently arrived, refugees or asylum seekers.

This report aims to better understand and address the unique experiences and needs of same sex attracted, sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young people who are recently arrived, refugees or seeking asylum in Australia.

Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse People

DocLIST focuses on health care and information for lesbian bisexual same sex attracted and queer women. Some lesbian bisexual same sex attracted and queer women are transgender or gender diverse. Many health Professionals listed on DocLIST have particular expertise in providing health care for transgender and gender diverse people. In a recent survey, several health professionals listed on DocLIST expressed an interest in learning more about providing health care to transgender and gender diverse people. For these reasons the DocLIST team are pleased to include this section on resources about health care for transgender and gender diverse people.

From Blues to Rainbows Report 2014

This study of 189 young people, aged 14 - 25 aims to redress the absence of positive, resilience focused research for gender diverse and transgender young people

Transgender and Gender Diverse patients: Providing Wholistic Care in General Practice

Authors: Eugene Priscott, Ian Anderson, Suzanne Habib

Medicine Today Volume 20 No. 3 March 2019

Trans GP Module

This module - the first in Australia - is designed for general practitioners, practice nurses and medical students to become familiar with and sensitive to the diverse terminology, experiences, health issues, standards, and referral pathways with respect to trans, gender diverse, and non-binary (TGDNB) clients.

Tips for Providing Paps to Trans Men

This twelve point checklist is designed for health practitioners when providing a cervical screening or diagnostic test for a trans man patient. Published in Canada 2010

Health Care for Intersex People

The term ‘intersex’ covers people born with sex characteristics (including genital, gonad, hormone and chromasome patterns) that do not fit typical binary notions of male and female bodies. Clinical terms for this population include the contentious “disorders of sex development” and “differences of sex development”. There are more than 40 known types of variation, each with their own diagnostic term and clinical indications. Many intersex people have had negative experiences of healthcare. The DocLIST team are pleased to include this section to assist health professionals to learn more about intersex people’s physical health, mental health and experiences, and to learn how to provide better health care to this group of people.

Intersex Awareness Day events and resources 26 October 2019

Intersex Stories and Statistics from Australia

A 2015 survey of people born with atypical sex characteristics. There were more than 40 specific intersex variations among the 272 people who completed the survey. It explores demographics, types of atypical sex characteristics, experiences of medical treatment, mental health, education, employment, discrimination and social support. The survey was an independent research project led by Dr Tiffany Jones.

Intersex variations in sex characteristics

Author: Beale, Jennifer

‘O&G Magazine Volume 20 No. 4 Summer 2018

What do Intersex People Need from Doctors?

Author: Morgan Carpenter

O&G Magazine Volume 20 No. 4 Summer 2018

Children’s Health Rights and Gender Issues

Author: Jones, Melinda

Children’s Rights in Health Care, November 2018, 382–424.

Should Court Authorisation Be Required for Surgery on Intersex Children? A Critique of the Family Court Decision in Re Carla

Authors: Kelly, Fiona, and Malcolm K Smith

Australian Journal of Family Law Volume 31 No 2 2017

Senate inquiry report: Community Affairs References Committee, Senate of Australia. 2013. Involuntary or Coerced Sterilisation of Intersex People in Australia

Discussion regarding UN recommendations on the treatment of children with intersex variations in Australia 2019

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Intersex Awareness Day Statement

Intersex Awareness Day is held on 26 October. In 2016 the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released a statement demanding the end of violence and harmful medical practices on intersex children and adults.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Intersex Fact Sheet

This fact sheet was published by the OHCHR’s Free and Equal Initiative. It discusses the importance of avoiding unnecessary surgical and other procedures on children with intersex variations, and the importance of preventiing and fighting discrimination and abuse of intersex people.

Intersex Variations, Human Rights and the International Classification of Diseases

Author: Morgan Carpenter

Health and Human Rights Volume 20 No. 2 December 2018

The Needs of Students with Intersex Variations

Author: Tiffany Jones

Sex Education Volume 16 No. 6 2016

The ‘Normalization’ of Intersex Bodies and ‘Othering’ of Intersex Identities in Australia

Author: Morgan Carpenter

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Volume 15 No. 4 December 2018

Intersex Human Rights Association website

Intersex Human Rights Australia Ltd (formerly Organisation Intersex International Australia or OII Australia) is and national body by and for people with intersex variations. They promote the human rights, self-determination and bodily autonomy of intersex people in Australia. They engage in systemic advocacy, policy development and community development, and provide information and education. They run an online support group. IHRA’s goals are to help create a society where intersex people’s bodies are not stigmatised, and where their rights as people are recognised.

The IHRA website contains a large selection of resources which may be helpful to both intersex people and also to health professionals wanting to increase their knowledge about the health and human rights issues faced by intersex people.

We highly recommend Rochelle Oh’s 3 minute animated introduction to intersex.