We are on a journey to enhance the experience of our LGBTIQA+ patients, consumers and visitors.
- The RMH's LGBTIQA+ Patient Liaison team supports LGBTIQA+ inclusion within the hospital environment
- This service supports patients, consumers and families throughout their hospital journey
- Patients, consumers and families can self-refer to the service via phone or email
- Contact our LGBTIQA+ Patient Liaison team to provide feedback relating to a patient experience or for more information about how we can support you
2022 was a big year for LGBTIQA+ patients, consumers, staff and visitors at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. After consultation and feedback from members of LGBTIQA+ community, we launched our LGBTIQA+ Inclusion Action Plan 2022-25.
The Plan builds on a previous iteration and embeds the RMH commitment to being a great place to work and a great place to receive care for members of LGBTIQA+ communities.
LGBTIQA+ Patient Liaison Service
Late in 2021 we launched what is believed to be the very first Australian hospital-based LGBTIQA+ Patient Liaison Service. The service provides support to patients and families throughout their hospital journey, working closely with multidisciplinary teams to enhance and improve LGBTIQA+ safety and inclusion.
The LGBTIQA+ Patient Liaison Officers provide a range of services to patients and families, including:
- Safety and inclusion assessment and planning
- Medical record updates
- Secondary consult and specialist advice
- Strategic and patient advocacy
- Staff education and capacity building
- Family support
- Pre-admission and discharge support
- Complaints and feedback navigation
- Intentional peer support
How to participate in inclusive practice as a patient or consumer
In 2023 RMH will be inviting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from patients or consumers who would like to join the LGBTIQA+ Steering Committee to help implement the actions outlined in our Supporting LGBTIQA+ Inclusive Practice Action Plan.
The Steering Committee meets online once a month and is made up of RMH staff from a range of services and settings.
Details on the EOI process will be available early in 2023.
Raising awareness through events and social media campaigns
Supported by the organisation, campaigns will go out on our formal social media channels, as well as through our internal channels to staff.
Our LGBTIQA+ days of celebration
- Midsumma Carnival and Pride 2023 – January to early February
- International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Lesbophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) 2023 – 17 May
- Wear it Purple Day – 30 August
- Intersex Awareness Day – 26 October
- Transgender Awareness Week – early November
Inclusive data collection
RMH welcomes all people from across the LGBTIQA+ community. We have recently updated our systems to ensure clear, consistent and accurate recording of people’s sexual orientation and gender identity in our Electronic Medical Record system. This function reflects the RMH commitment to providing safe and inclusive care for LGBTIQA+ people. People who would like this information recorded can speak with their care team or contact the LGBTIQA+ Patient Liaison Officers for more information or support.
RMH is engaged in a range of activities to enhance visibility and create a more welcoming environment for LGBTIQA+ people. Some of these initiatives include:
- Rolling out progress pride stickers, posters and signs of safety across the hospital
- LGBTIQA+ Staff and Allies pronoun badges as a visible sign of support for patients, consumers and other staff
- Pronoun badges for people receiving care at RMH on request
- Inclusive toilet signage project and map
For more information, feedback and support
To provide feedback on a patient experience or for more information about how we can support you, contact the LGBTIQA+ Patient Liaison or the RMH Consumer Liaison.
Links & documents
Inclusion action plans
LGBTIQA+ phone and online support
A Victorian-based, free LGBTIQA+ helpline. Rainbow Door provides information, support, and referral by trained counsellors and can speak to people about suicidal thoughts, concern for others, or bereavement by suicide.
An anonymous, free, national peer-support telephone and web-chat service for LGBTIQA+ and questioning people, as well as their families and communities.
Counselling, case management, advocacy, research, training, professional development and consultancy.
A suicide prevention hub made by LGBTIQA+ people who have thought about suicide, lived through suicide attempts, supported others in distress and live with the pain of loss through suicide.