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LGBTQIA+ Affirming Physiotherapy – Part A

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  • Overview

LGBTQIA+ individuals experience significantly poorer health and barriers to healthcare, as well as broader psychosocial issues. Negative experience can have a significant impact on access to, and utilisation of, healthcare. This introductory module is an evidence-based, interactive course designed to equip physiotherapists with the skills and knowledge to enable appropriate, and culturally safe, provision of physiotherapy to individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+.


This course may also be valuable refresher training or CPD for experienced physiotherapists.


There are six topics and a quiz at the end: 

  1. LGBTQIA+, Brotherboy & Sistergirl Health in Australia
  2. Key terminology
  3. Communication
  4. Inclusive spaces
  5. LGBTQIA+ specific health needs
  6. Support for clients

This online course is targeted at physiotherapists working in Australia and includes resources and information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; most of the content will be valuable and transferable for those outside Australia.



Dr Megan Ross, APAM, BPthy(Hons), PhD


Learning Outcomes

On completion of LGBTQIA+ Affirming Physiotherapy - Part A, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise social, historical and cultural contributions to health inequities experienced by LGBTQIA+ communities
  • Identify key concepts and inclusive language regarding gender identity, sex characteristics and sexual orientation
  • Recognise the importance of inclusive language to improve patient-therapist relationships and avoid harm
  • Describe the key features of a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQIA+ people
  • Identify specific and intersecting health needs of trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming and intersex patients relevant to physiotherapy
  • Identify appropriate referral pathways for LGBTQIA+ patients and where to access additional resources


CPD Hours

1.0 hour


Funding for the development of this educational resource was through a Physiotherapy Research Foundation (PRF) 2019 Seeding Grant.    


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