Previous research has revealed cultural safety issues and experiences of racism within cancer care pathways for First Nations peoples. But what are the needs of Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, sistergirl, and brotherboy (LGBTQISB+) First Nations peoples? The intersectionality of being both part of the LGBTQISB+ communities and identifying as First Nations introduces unique cancer care needs that should be supported by health care systems to avoid compounding experiences of discrimination. Comprehensive, rigorous, and Aboriginal-led research is urgently needed to fill knowledge gaps and address the needs of LGBTQISB+ First Nations people across the cancer care continuum.

The Enabling Cancer Screening for LGBTQISB+ First Nations People project aims explore and understand the needs of LGBTQISB+ communities accessing screening to inform the provision of appropriate cancer care and resources that are culturally safe, and supportive of sexuality and gender identity.

This project is supported by 2Spirits, a Queensland based health and wellbeing program that is peer led and grassroots based for all First Nations peoples aged 18 and older who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Sistergirl and Brotherboy.

The project will be guided by an Indigenist Research Approach that centres the voices and lived experience of LGBTQISB+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

This pilot study is lead by Ms Khwanruethai Ngampromwongse and is funded by a NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence in Targeted Approaches to Improve Cancer Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (TACTICS; #1153027)

Project members

Khwanruethai Ngampromwongse

Khwanruethai Ngampromwongse

Senior Research Administration Officer & PhD Candidate
Meredith Burgess

Miss Meredith Burgess

Principal Research Project Officer

Dr Tamara Butler

Research Fellow