Darlinghurst Dental is proud to be part of the diverse Surry Hills and Darlinghurst neighbourhoods. Diversity means acceptance of all, irrespective of: age, race, religion, ethnicity, marital/relationship status, gender identity, instersex status, sexual orientation, disability or lack of any of these. No healthcare practitioner in Australia should discriminate on any of these grounds. Of course, there is a difference between not having discrimination and being made to feel welcome. We will make you feel welcome.
LGBT / LGBTI
In particular, for Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, there is a high population of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) members of our community. Although most do not experience discrimination in their day to day lives, many may have experienced this in the past. For those who have not been discriminated against, it is difficult to comprehend how it can be traumatic when accessing healthcare. You can be asked personal questions by a stranger about your life. These questions regarding sexual history, viral status or even small talk about your partner can be uncomfortable. Especially so when you are unaware what the reaction to your answers will be. At Darlinghurst Dental, our dentists are caring and understanding. They care about you, not what your status is on any of these grounds.
Equality on health and other grounds
As dentists, they care for your dental health, but they will take into account your general health. You should feel safe to disclose your HIV status, to disclose that your partner is the same sex, but that you might be pregnant, to disclose that your gender is different from your sex. It will have no negative effects on how you are treated. Our policies and procedures are about protecting you and everyone we see before and after you. All our cross infection control procedures are designed for people who don’t even know they have an infection. This is called universal precautions. We treat every patient as if they could have a transmissable disease, so that if they did, noone else can catch it. Everything we use for you is clean and everything we reuse is disinfected thoroughly, or where possible, competely sterile. Disclosing your HIV status aids your care and alerts our staff to take care for their safety.