Young and Queer in Melbourne’s East

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Women’s Health East is excited to announce the release of their research report exploring LGBTIQ young women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.

Over the past ten years there has been a growing body of research that focuses on the physical and mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people and their interactions with the health system. However, there is still a need to further explore issues of equity and inclusion for LGBTIQ young women accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services.

Young and Queer in Melbourne’s East explores the SRH needs and experiences of LGBTIQ young women between the ages of 15 and 25 years within the Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR) of Melbourne. The report includes a literature review and a presentation of results and discussion derived from data collected via an online survey and focus groups. Recommendations for health service providers and Victorian Government are provided to enable integration of the findings into programming, planning and policy for SRH services and education for LGBTIQ young women.