Sexual expression, sexual health and disability: Barriers accessing health services for queer women with disabilities

Presentation Type: Oral
Conference Stream: Intersections
Presenter: Jax Jacki Brown
Presentation Title: Sexual expression, sexual health and disability: Barriers accessing health services for queer women with disabilities
Room: Swan
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 09:40
Duration: 30 mins

Summary

Content:
• What is disability?
• New ways of thinking about disability
• How does disability intersect with queer identity? How does this intersection impact on health? Simultaneous oppression
• What is the current status of women with disability in Australia? (Rates of violence, abuse, poverty, employment, education, mental health responses to minority stress)
• Barriers to accessing health services for queer women with disabilities
• Exploring ways to make health services more accessible and inclusive
• Personal stories of interacting with health services as a queer woman with a disability
• The importance of consumer led action, self-advocacy and change

Format:

Slide presentation followed by questions

As a lesbian with a disability I will intersperse my research into this area with my lived experience to create a workshop which is both engaging and relevant.

Outcomes:
Queering up and ramping up thinking for health providers and those working in the industry by providing real life examples of the barriers and inclusive and accessible suggestions for best practice.

Workshop description:
This workshop fits within stream 3: intersections as it will explore the intersection between lesbian/queer identity and disability. As a lesbian woman who is also a wheelchair user, I will present my experiences and of barriers to accessing the health system and suggestions for how to improve services.

Workshop requirements:
• Wheelchair access to venue and stage!
• Audiovisual: Use of PowerPoint

Presentation slides (PDF)