Your Com­mu­nity Health will open a new hub for LGBTIQ ser­vices in North­cote

Q Magazine - - Comment -

Your Com­mu­nity Health will es­tab­lish a new health clinic for les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der, in­ter­sex and queer peo­ple in North­cote.

The clinic will be a col­lab­o­ra­tive hub for a di­verse range of ser­vices, tai­lored to the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity's needs. It will ad­dress in­creas­ing de­mand for ac­cept­ing and con­fi­den­tial ser­vices for LGBTIQ peo­ple across north­ern Mel­bourne.

Many mem­bers of the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity still face dis­crim­i­na­tion or lack of un­der­stand­ing when they seek health and well­be­ing ser­vices.

“The clinic will be a safe and in­clu­sive space for the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity be­cause it will di­rectly re­spond to their needs”, said Penny An­der­son, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer.

6 per cent of the Dare­bin com­mu­nity iden­ti­fy­ing as LGBTIQ. North­cote is iden­ti­fied as hav­ing the high­est num­ber of LGBTIQ com­mu­nity mem­bers of all sub­urbs in the north­ern Mel­bourne mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Your Com­mu­nity Health will en­gage with other ser­vice providers in the area to iden­tify ways to reach a larger, more di­verse pop­u­la­tion; bet­ter co­or­di­nate care across ser­vices and prac­tices, and to iden­tify the pri­or­ity needs that could be ad­dressed by a cen­tral hub for LGBTIQ ser­vices in the area.

There is a sig­nif­i­cant need for an in­crease in com­mu­nity care and sup­port ser­vices for the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity, as well as cap­i­tal in­vest­ment into com­mu­nity health, in or­der to en­sure ac­cess for peo­ple who face bar­ri­ers in ac­cess­ing tra­di­tional health ser­vices.

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