There are no statistics relating to the number of nurses, midwives and students who identify as LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual and other groups) in Australia. People who identify as LGBTQIA+ may experience homophobia, transphobia biphobia or other forms of discrimination from societal discourses and/or institutional beliefs and practices. The consequence of this may result in internalising feelings of shame, fear and guilt.
Policies and procedures in each workplace protect staff from discrimination. They include the values of the organisation, prevention of bullying and harassment and local Occupational Health and Safety policies and procedures. If you experience discrimination in your workplace as a result of your sexual orientation speak to your manager, or your human resource department.
Caring for the LGBTQIA+ population
As the health care needs of the LGBTQIA+ population become increasingly important, healthcare professionals require appropriate academic and clinical training in preparation for the increased demand for culturally competent care. This is relevant to nurses and midwives, as they are the core direct caregivers in many health care settings.