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Inclusive and sensitive care to same-sex attracted parents and their children

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An image of the guest speakers and organising team of the launch of the guidelines for healthcare providers working with same-sex parented families.

2013 launch of the Guidelines for Healthcare Providers Working with Same-Sex Parented Families

Research shows that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) parents and their children, and prospective parents in these population groups, self-select or ‘shop around’ to find health care providers with a reputation for taking their concerns seriously and being knowledgeable about issues important to their health. Often service providers receive little or no training in this area; falling back on ill-fitting traditional heterosexual family frameworks when working with same-sex parents and their children or same sex-attracted people thinking of starting a family.

There is much service providers can do to enhance the services offered to families parented by people who identify as non-heterosexual, including creating a welcoming environment; reflective practice; and being sensitive to the effects of structural barriers. Read more in our guidelines for healthcare providers working with same-sex parented families.

News

Gay parents are more equal than others

Sydney Morning Herald - NEWS December 29, 2010. This piece discusses one of the findings from the 'Work, Love and Play' study that same-sex parents are significantly more egalitarian than heterosexual parents in the way they divide household tasks and parenting

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