Department of Health

A person’s health and wellbeing is influenced by a range of factors that intersect with their sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. 

People who are LGBTI are just as likely as the broader population to represent a diverse range of identities including being Aboriginal, being from a culturally and linguistically diverse and faith background or being a refugee or asylum seeker.

Specific issues also arise for children and young people, families and people with disabilities when accessing services.

The intersection of these diverse factors coupled with being LGBTI can add a layer of complexity to health and wellbeing and to experiences with the health and community service system more generally. Services need to be sensitive to these intersecting factors to ensure the best possible health outcomes for all LGBTI people and communities.

The following sections address the needs of specific groups of people who are LGBTI:

  • Aboriginal people
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Children and young people
  • Older people
  • Families
  • People with disabilities
  • Refugees and asylum seekers

Reviewed 08 September 2015


Contact details

International, interstate and mobile callers: +61 3 9096 9000

Diversity team Department of Health

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