LGBTIQA+ inclusive palliative care practice

LGBTIQA+ people and Palliative Care 

All LGBTIQA+ people should feel confident that they can access inclusive palliative care that is safe and respectful. The LGBTIQA+ Health Australia website has information about LGBTIQA+ inclusive palliative care services see more.

Palliative care includes experiencing a life-limiting illness, facing end-of-life and bereavement. It is particularly important that palliative care is inclusive and appropriate for all LGBTIQA+ people.

  • There are end of life and palliative care services that provide safe, inclusive care for people who identify as LGBTIQA+
  • These organisations will display the ‘rainbow tick’.
  • Advance care planning means you can record what is important to you for end of life care and others can know what your preferences are.
  • Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV) helps LGBTIQA+ people with information on improving health and wellbeing.
  • There is help available if you have experienced discrimination as an LGBTIQA+  person.

Click here for more information.

The National LGBTIQA+ Health Alliance Project

The National LGBTIQA+ Health Alliance (the Alliance) is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people (LGBTIQA+) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.

The National Palliative Care Project (NPCP) will build the capacity of the palliative care sector to provide culturally appropriate services to LGBTIQA+ people through the development of e-learning modules targeted towards General Practitioners and Practice Nurses across Australia. Click here for link.


LGBTIQ+ Health Australia has launched the first two modules of the LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Palliative Care eLearning. The FREE eLearning aims to increase healthcare providers’ confidence in providing LGBTIQ+ inclusive palliative care including:

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) communities and their specific healthcare needs
  • End-of-life concerns and barriers to palliative care for LGBTIQ+ people
  • How to have inclusive end-of-life conversations
  • Strategies to support loved ones
  • How to create welcoming and inclusive environments

The eLearning topics are explored across four 1-hour modules:

Module 1: Introduction to LGBTIQ+ communities

Module 2: Barriers to providing and receiving palliative care

Module 3: Enablers for LGBTIQ+ people in palliative care (coming soon)

Module 4: Having end-of-life planning conversations (coming soon)

Click here to read more and register.


Palliative Care Tasmania Webinar

Hannah Morgan from LGBTQI+ health Australia spoke about the skills and knowledge required to create safe, respectful, and inclusive spaces for LGBTQI+ people when they access palliative care. Click here to watch