Multicultural Perspectives on Health and Wellbeing/Gender and sexual diversity

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What do we mean when we say ‘engendering health’ or a gender perspective on health? While it is generally recognised that wealth and high socio-economic position encourages good health outcomes, there is still a need for health professionals at large to understand the widespread and profound implication of gender-based inequity. Engendering health means taking a holistic, whole of society approach to understand the ways in which systems and processes of power, oppression and marginalisation come together to impact on men and women’s health outcomes. As an additional layer of analysis, it is important to go beyond gender to understand how other identities such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, intersects with gender to influence people’s experience in life. This is known as intersectionality theory.


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