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NSLHD LGBTIQ+ Employee Network host first symposium

Northern Sydney Local Health District’s LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer) employee network held NSLHD’s inaugural health symposium last week. 

The event involved staff, consumers, and representatives from ACON, Pride in Diversity, Pride in Health and Wellbeing, The Gender Centre, South Western Sydney Local Health District, St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney, and across the NSW Health Service and NSW Public Service coming together to talk about LGBTIQ+ health and discuss ideas and requirements for delivering best practice care for LGBTIQ+ people. 

Co-chair of the employee network and emcee of the symposium Tidge Backhouse said the day was a huge success. 

“We are absolutely stoked with how the day went,” Tidge said. 

“With over 160 participants in-person and online, the presentations were met with equally as interesting discussions. 

“We look forward to completing a report of the day and are looking to use it as a resource across the district and for future planning of our delivery of care.

“I am excited to see what the district does to improve the experiences of LGBTIQ+ people accessing healthcare.”

Heather Gough, executive sponsor of the NSLHD LGBTIQ+ Employee Network said the symposium provided a great opportunity to come together. 

“The event provided the space to listen to clinicians, healthcare workers and people who have lived experience and learn from them,” Heather said. 

The NSLHD LGBTIQ+ Employee Network involves a group of passionate and engaged LGBTIQ+ people and allies. If you want to get involved, contact 

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