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Culturally safe practice

Caring for people of refugee background who identify as LGBTIQ+

As the number of claims for protection sought on the grounds of sexuality and gender orientation increase and there is an increased awareness of the specific needs of and risks to people of refugee background who are LGBTIQ+, the 2019 RNA Forum hosted two presentations on this topic. Gianna, from True Relationships and Reproductive Health gave an overview of caring for people for people of refugee background who identify as LGBTIQ+ and some of the concepts, terminology and considerations that refugee health nurses should be aware of when providing care. In the second part, Kathryn Gregory, a refugee health nurse with the Mater Refugee Health Service interviews Elfaz on his lived experience of the refugee journey. Audio-only versions of each presentation are available by clicking the button below the video.

LGBTI Refugees Factsheet

LGBTI people are at risk of persecution due to their sexual orientation and / or gender identity. While this persecution is not a new phenomenon, UNHCR reports that there has been an increase in the number of asylum claims made on these grounds in the last few years. The New South Wales Refugee Health Service has produced a fact sheet outlining some key points for service providers and some useful contacts for those working in New South Wales.