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Education & Professional Development: Webinars

LGBTQ+ Friendly Practice: Providing Culturally Appropriate Care to LGBTQ+ people

Since the 1960s' there has been a steady increase in social acceptance and equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ+) people in Canada. The decriminalization of homosexuality, the beginning of the gay liberation movement, and the several legal victories in the 1980s' were significant in advancing LGBTQ+ rights. While there have been steady gains throughout the years, many LGBTQ+ people continue to face discrimination, stigma and stereotyping which impacts their health and well-being. As a health care professional, are you aware of the unique issues that LGBTQ+ people face within health care? Do you understand the differences between sex, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity? Are you aware of the ways in which you can improve the care you provide to LGBTQ+ people? Join us for this webinar as we explore these questions.

Webinar Goal

To improve nurses' ability to provide culturally appropriate care to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) people.


By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Articulate the differences between sex, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity
  2. Identify key dates that have shaped current landscape of LGBTQ+ rights in Canada
  3. Identify the current issues that LGBTQ+ people face within the healthcare system
  4. Identify health issues that LGBTQ+ people may be more vulnerable to
  5. Identify ways in which nurses and all healthcare professionals can provide appropriate care to LGBTQ+ people



Zak Matieschyn BSN, MN, RN, NP (F)

Zak's interest in health and healing began at the early age of nine years old when he would carry a small first aid kit while playing with friends. Since then, his passion for healthcare and health policy has been unwavering. He was particularly inspired by concepts of family, community and societal health, as well as the social determinants of health during his undergraduate (BSN UVic, 2000), graduate work (MN UVic, 2008), and clinical experience in urban, rural and remote B.C. communities.

Zak has served on numerous boards and committees, including the BC Nurse Practitioner Association Executive and was the first Nurse Practitioner in B.C. to be invited to sit on a Division of Family Practice Board (Kootenay Boundary, 2010 – 2014). Through this work he has gained valuable experience in member engagement, optimizing board governance, and relationship building among diverse stakeholders. In his clinical practice, Zak has worked med/surg, emergency, intensive care, vascular access and outpost nursing. After obtaining his NP education in 2008, he began a practice in a West Kootenay family clinic, providing primary healthcare to the general public with a focus on marginalized populations.

Darach Seaton RN, BSN

Darach Seaton works at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver, in the in-patient unit. Darach was once an academic, having taught various subjects, including Cultural Studies and Studio Sculpture, at UBC and Emily Carr. More recently, he ran his own carpentry and food gardening business, before switching streams to nursing.