Presenter Lilliana Levada, Nurse Education Consultant
Lilliana Levada is an experienced clinician with over 35 years of clinical experience in perioperative nursing (instrument, circulatory, anaesthetic, PACU, educator, consultant and manager nursing roles), intensive care nursing, patient flow management, after-hours hospital management and patient safety management.
Lilliana is passionate about nursing research and patient safety and uses this to translate science into practice. In the past, this has led her to become a lead reviewer for ACORN Standards and engage in providing consultancy for healthcare management.
She firmly believes that continuous improvements in nursing practice are paramount, and loves when nurses cause 'revolution' and evolution in healthcare practice.
She is also involved in medical missions donating her time and expertise to those causes.
As health inequalities have multiple root causes, reducing these inequalities is complex and there is no simple solution.
As such, the mental health of LGBTI populations remains largely unexplored, despite Australian and international research providing evidence that demonstrates significant concerns regarding mental health outcomes.
Despite all efforts towards greater acceptance of sexual diversity, the disparity of mental health outcomes among the LGBTI population remains a concern, with mental health issues and suicide rates remaining high.
Recently there has been increased acknowledgement of the LGBTI population's risks and issues in relation to mental health and suicide in Australia. Some mainstream mental health organisations, such as Beyondblue and Headspace,
are beginning to contribute to LGBTI visibility in health promotion activities and there have been recent government moves towards inclusion.
This paper explains to what degree LGBTI people are more likely to experience health inequalities. Inequalities pertaining to LGBTI healthcare vary depending on gender, age, income and disability as well as between LGBTI groupings.
Gaps in the literature remain around how these factors intersect to influence health, with further large-scale research needed particularly regarding trans and intersex people.
The observational data identified reveals a substantial health deficit among sexual and gender minorities, which likely plays a role in further impairing the already poor mental health outcomes.
Acknowledgement of the need to endorse better health outcomes for the LGBTI population leads to reducing health inequalities and minimize the impact on mental health outcomes.
Mental health and suicide prevention are key health issues for LGBTI people and a priority area for the National LGBTI Health Alliance.
In this session you will: