In April 2018 Cobaw’s WayOut team launched an educational video that provides a safe platform for LGBTIQA+ young people to speak to healthcare professionals and services about their needs, and offer suggestions and advice about working with the sex and gender diverse community.
The Healthcare under the Rainbow video is a contemporary educational tool for GPs and other healthcare professionals, aimed at improving inclusive clinical practice and increasing the safety of young people accessing healthcare services.
A group of young people from the Macedon Ranges developed and produced the video. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to develop skills in photography, film, editing and events, as well as the experience of researching and developing health promotion messages for healthcare professionals.
This project was funded by a grant from Kyneton Community and Learning Centre’s LETS! Leaderships & Events Training Skills Project, through the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services’ Engage! Program. The process took seven months to complete and the video was launched with an event at Brooke Street Medical Centre in Woodend.
The producer of the video, Kieran Atkins said, “I really enjoyed doing the video. It was very exciting to work on something about youth healthcare that is medically sound and informative and that has been led by LGBTIQ+ young people. I hope the video ends some of the stigma around the doctor/patient relationship. It’s a very positive and encouraging video that celebrates the good that equal healthcare can provide.”