All mental health services should provide safe, non-judgemental environments that are sensitive to people’s individual gender identities and sexual preferences. This is a critical foundation for all people accessing mental health treatment and care.
There are comprehensive guidelines to help mental health service managers and staff deliver services that respect the needs, wishes and experiences of people in relation to their gender and sexual identity.
Principles of gender sensitive care
Services should provide safe, non-judgemental environments sensitive to people’s gender identities and sexual preferences.
Gender safety in bed-based services
Mixed-sex, bed-based acute inpatient units are challenging when caring for women and vulnerable individuals.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people have different needs.
Definitions of terms relating to gender sensitivity and safety
Definitions of terms relating to gender sensitivity and safety.
Reviewed 28 May 2015