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Bisexualwomen’s sexual healthcare experiences in Australian rural general practice

Grant, RF ORCID: 0000-0003-3007-0168 and Nash, M ORCID: 0000-0002-7429-4924 2019 , 'Bisexualwomen’s sexual healthcare experiences in Australian rural general practice' , Australian Journal of Rural Health, no. 3 Apri , pp. 1-5 , doi: 10.1111/ajr.12505.

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ObjectiveTo examine how young bisexual women in rural Tasmania experience routine sexual health care in general practice settings.DesignSemi‐structured interviews with bisexual women were used for this study. Self‐selected and purposive sampling were used to recruit women in 2015. Participants were recruited via community social media pages and a not‐for‐profit organisation supporting same‐sex attracted rural youth. Data were analysed thematically.SettingRegional and rural areas in the north and south of Tasmania, Australia.ParticipantsFifteen bisexual women, 18‐26 years of age, with experience seeking sexual health care in Tasmania.Main outcome measure(s)Semi‐structured interviews explored women's experiences of inclusive sexual health care.ResultsFour key themes emerged from the thematic analysis: (a) issues of health care accessibility in rural Tasmania; (b) the importance of visual signs of inclusivity in rural clinics; (c) practitioner attitudes; and (d) use of inclusive, gender‐neutral language.ConclusionsRural bisexual women prefer practitioners who make meaningful efforts to be inclusive and take a non‐judgmental approach to sexual health care. Additional resources are needed to support rural communities and their health care providers to prioritise inclusive health practices.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Grant, RF and Nash, M
Keywords: sexuality, gender, identity, general practice, LGBTIQ, women, rural, Tasmania
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Rural Health
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1038-5282
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/ajr.12505
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