What’s in a pronoun?

Social exclusion, discrimination, stigma and marginalisation are some of the issues experienced by LGBTI people accessing health care. Not only do these factors increase the risk of adverse impact on health and mental health, they also create barriers to accessing health and social care services.

As part of our efforts to improve health equity, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) is actively involved in advocating for and facilitating safe, inclusive, and culturally appropriate primary care services for LGBTI people.

In 2019 we worked with the Transgender Health and Diversity HealthPathway working group to produce pronoun cards to encourage gender diverse people to start a conversation with general practice staff to identify their pronouns/ chosen name/ gender identity and other key information relevant to their health care that often isn’t asked about but is very relevant.

“Thank you so much for having me, I truly valued being there and of having an opportunity to be involved. I thought that the event was very well organised and expertly presented. I have to say that it was a little intimidating for me being in a room with so many eminent people, but you and your team were all so warm and welcoming that it made it that much easier. Ticked all those boxes for me there!” – Working group consumer representative.