On this World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on 8th of October 2022, we get to explore the intersection of palliative care and the LGBTIQ+ community, and how progressive steps are being taken for great inclusion at the time in life when LGBTIQ+ people may need palliative care.
The interview meanders across the following discussion areas:
- Please tell us a little about yourself and your work with the palliative care sector
- What is the LGBTIQ+ palliative care project?
- What is palliative care?
- What are the fears, issues and challenges for LGBTIQ+ people re palliative care?
- Are these fears etc well-founded, do you think, or are they based on assumptions and hearsay?
- Are the fears more pronounced in rural and regional areas, do you think? Why?
- What major challenges still need to be overcome in palliative care for LGBTIQ+ people?
- issues of mistrust on the heteronormative nature of the health care system of health care providers
- What do you think are some of the solutions to overcome the barriers, challenges etc faced by queer people in seeking and undergoing palliative care?
- What are some of the most exciting initiatives you’ve seen for LGBTIQ+ people in the palliative care industry?
- What are the first cabs off the rank? Will a diversity policy help?
- What changes do you think could be made to alleviate the fears of palliative care for the queer community?
- What does the initial consultation look like when it comes to talking about family support, if any?
- Is there room for patients with no blood family to nominate friends or chosen family as next of kin to support them?
- In your opinion, what can be done to improve the comfort of queer patients in the palliative care setting?