LGBTIQ experiences in the workforce

Grant-Wakefield, Courtenay & Lim, David (2015) LGBTIQ experiences in the workforce. In 2015 CAA & IRCP Conference, 13-15 October 2015, Melbourne, Vic. (Unpublished)


The experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) health consumers has, in the last decade, gained attention and is now recognised as one of the social determinants of health. Our recent meta-synthesis on the experiences of LGBTIQ health and medical professionals demonstrated that they are susceptible to higher levels of anxiety and depression partially due to lack of acceptance in their workplace. The paramedic workforce is known to be a high risk occupational group for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Theoretically, LGBTIQ paramedics working in a heteronormative culture may experience increased level of discrimination and stress than their heterosexual colleagues. The integration of LGBTIQ into the paramedic workforce is unfeatured in our systematic review. While LGBTIQ health professionals receive legislative protection against discrimination, discrimination still exists in practice through lack of visibility. There is a common misconception that LGBTIQ is a homogenous group with equal needs. Effective and efficient integration of LGBTIQ health professionals could improve workplace satisfaction, workforce retention, and equity of access by marginalised groups.

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ID Code: 90076
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: LGBTIQ, Cultural, Health services
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health and Community Services (111708)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2015 04:22
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2016 14:38

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