News & Media

31 May 2016

Improving health care for the LGBTI community

Improving health care for the LGBTI community

People who identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) have worse mental health and wellbeing outcomes compared to their heterosexual peers because of fear or experiences of discrimination and exclusion.

To help us find out how we can improve access to health services, Latrobe Community Health Service invites community members who are passionate about sexual and gender equity and diversity to join a local consumer consultation group.

“We know we can make a positive difference to the lives of everyone in our community,” said Vince Massaro, Executive Director Assessment, Aged and Disability Services at Latrobe Community Health Service.

“We welcome people of all sexual orientations, sex or gender identity to access our services and be part of our workplace and community. You don’t have to identify as LGBTI to join the group.”

Mr Massaro said to do this, Latrobe Community Health Service needed policies and practices that would make the organisation more LGBTI inclusive.

“You can help us shape the future of these policies. The community reference group could meet online or face-to-face, up to three times a year,” he said.

“Members will be asked to join in discussions about sensitive topics, and will get the chance to meet others with diverse backgrounds and experience.”

Applications to join the LGBTI community reference group close on Wednesday, 15 June 2016. For more information, email