Women who are lesbian, bisexual and
same sex attracted (SSA) have some unique and important health issues
and health care needs.
This site is dedicated to providing information about these issues and
needs from an Australian perspective for women, for health care providers
and for health researchers.
Research about the health of these women can be difficult to access. This
site showcases one Australian research project (DIALOG) on the experiences
of general practice care, as well as providing links to other research.
Lesbian, bisexual and SSA womens'
DIALOG PhD project
issues for lesbian, bisexual and SSA women particularly include
those related to specific lifestyles, and the health effects of
living in a world that can be homophobic or can assume that every
woman is heterosexual.
(disclosure and attitudes towards lesbians: outcomes in general
practice) is an interview-based study exploring the patient-doctor
relationship between lesbian, bisexual and SSA women and their GP
from both perspectives.
About Ruth McNair – the
Ruth is a general practitioner in Carlton, specialising in
lesbian and women’s health. She is also a Senior Lecturer
at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne.
She is currently undertaking the DIALOG PhD research project.
She is a member of several Victorian government advisory committees
on lesbian health. She was the founding Convener of the Fertility
Access Rights Lobby from 1999 to 2004. She is immediate past
Convener of the Australian Lesbian Medical Association from