Healthcare Under the Rainbow launched

Cobaw Community Health’s WayOut team have launched an educational video that provides a safe platform for LGBTIQ+ young people to speak to healthcare professionals and services about their needs, and offer suggestions and advice about working with the sex and gender diverse community.

The Healthcare under the Rainbow video is a contemporary educational tool for GPs and other healthcare professionals, aimed at improving inclusive clinical practice and increasing the safety of young people accessing healthcare services.

A group of young people from the Macedon Ranges developed and produced the video. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to develop skills in photography, film, editing and events, as well as the experience of researching and developing health promotion messages for healthcare professionals.

This project was funded by a grant from Kyneton Community and Learning Centre’s LETS! Leaderships & Events Training Skills Project, through the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services’ Engage! Program. A seven month process, the video was launched last month with an event at Brooke Street Medical Centre in Woodend.

The producer of the video, Kieran Atkins said, “I really enjoyed doing the video. It was very exciting to work on something about youth healthcare that is medically sound and informative and that has been led by LGBTIQ+ young people. I hope the video ends some of the stigma around the doctor/patient relationship. It’s a very positive and encouraging video that celebrates the good that equal healthcare can provide.”

Margaret McDonald, Cobaw’s CEO, encourages all healthcare professionals to view and share this short video.

“A few changes to the way we interact with and the questions we ask LGBTIQ+ young people can make all the difference to a person’s experience visiting their doctor, hospital or other healthcare setting.”

For further information, contact WayOut on 1300 0 26229 or admin@cobaw.org.au