Conference Stream: Intersections
Presenter: Ruth McNair
Presentation Title: Developing health provider training on working with LGBT people with alcohol and drug issues
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 14:00
Duration: 10 mins
LGBT people are at higher risk of heavy drinking and other substance use than heterosexual people, however, they are less likely to access health services regarding their alcohol and drug use. LGBT people report that service providers appear to have poor LGBT knowledge, and that they don’t often feel comfortable discussing their substance use in clinical settings. We developed a training module that aims to encourage health providers to be culturally responsive and knowledgeable when seeing LGBT people. This was based on research evidence including the expressed needs of LGBT people when accessing mainstream health services. The evidence came, in part, from the ALICE study, funded by beyondblue, which involved a convenience sample of 521 LBQ women who completed an online survey, 25 women who participated in interviews and 10 women who were observed at social events involving drinking. It also came from Private Lives 2, a national survey of LGBT people.
The presentation will describe how the module was developed, and then present key elements, including the framework for understanding the socio- cultural determinants of LGBT people’s substance use. Reflections on how the face-to-face workshops have been received will be presented. The training is now also available as an online resource targeted towards GPs, alcohol and drug workers and mental health workers.