Disability project (8) The Conversation: People with disability face barriers to sexual and reproductive health care

4 June, 2023

News article: https://theconversation.com/people-with-disability-face-barriers-to-sexu...

'The recently released findings of the senate inquiry into reproductive health care sets the stage for potential transformative change.


'The report outlined two key recommendations focused on people with disability, including:

- improved training for health practitioners on the ways to engage and communicate with people with disability

- developing accessible, inclusive and empowering sexual and reproductive health education programs and resources for people with disability, and their family and carers.

'These recommendations came after the senate inquiry received a number of submissions that highlighted the struggle women with disability face in engaging with sexual and reproductive health care.

'The most obvious and well-known barriers are inaccessible health care settings and services, lack of relevant and complete information about options available to them, and inadequately educated and trained health workers. The recommendations only partially deal with these barriers.' [...]


COMMENT (NPW): Every person needs access to reliable healthcare information to protect their own health and the health of others. People living with disability face multiple barriers to information. So too their families, caregivers and health workers.

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: neil@hifa.org