Lesbian and Gay Parents: Their Experiences of Children's Health Care in Australia

  • Katja MikhailovichEmail author
  • Sarah Martin
  • Stephen Lawton


This study investigates the experiences of lesbian and gay parents seeking health care for their children within the Australian medical system. Previously unavailable demographic data was collected on lesbian and gay families, and qualitative information was sought from parents about positive or problematic health care experiences related to sexual orientation and family constellation. Ninety-two lesbian or gay parents responded to a national postal and Web-based survey. Eighty-nine percent of respondents reported a high level of satisfaction with the health care received by their children. Despite overall satisfaction, however, 49 percent of parents identified fear of disclosure of sexual orientation, and 27 percent reported negative or problematic experiences with their children's health care related to sexual orientation or family constellation. This study indicates that fear of discrimination and homophobic attitudes towards lesbian and gay families remain a factor within the Australian health care system.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katja Mikhailovich
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sarah Martin
    • 2
  • Stephen Lawton
    • 3
  1. 1.Head of Health Promotion ProgramUniversity of Canberra, School of Professional and Community EducationCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Canberra HospitalAustralia
  3. 3.ACT Department of Health and Community CareCanberraAustralia

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