Media Releases - LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

Media Releases

LHA calls for rigorous evidence over opinions to ensure that trans and gender diverse young people have access to the care they need, at the right time, where they live.

LHA firmly opposes harmful misinformation that endangers the lives and mental health of trans and gender diverse individuals. These unfounded claims perpetuate stigma and isolation, disregarding the overwhelming consensus within the medical and psychological communities. 

Read more July 11, 2023 11:53 AM

LHA calls for care using LGBTQ+ content on AIHW National Suicide and Self Harm Monitoring System

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare National (AIHW) Suicide and Self Harm Monitoring System today provided a new release of data drawing on Private Lives 3, the LGBTQ+[1] community survey by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS). 

Read more July 07, 2023 12:48 PM

New study examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTQ+ people

A new joint study has revealed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTQ+ people in Australia and their mental health, as well as rates of family and domestic violence and economic situations.

Read more October 24, 2022 10:45 AM

LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing peak welcomes National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children and calls for resources for sector

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia welcomes the release of the Federal Government’s National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032 and has called on governments across Australia to fund LGBTIQ+ community-controlled services to implement its recommendations.

Read more October 17, 2022 4:12 PM

AIHW report shows we're still in the dark on LGBTIQ+ people and family, domestic and sexual violence

Rates of family, domestic and sexual violence in LGBTIQ+ relationships are as high or higher than for the broader Australian population, but the lack of hard data means LGBTIQ+ people risk being forgotten in policy, planning, funding and new projects. 

Read more September 05, 2022 11:15 AM

New podcast gives aged care workers an introduction to what matters to LGBTI older people

The Ageing Fabulously podcast is a new education resource for the aged care sector from LGBTIQ+ Health Australia’s Silver Rainbow program, giving aged care workers easy access to the issues important to older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people accessing residential and home-based aged care services.

Read more August 02, 2022 4:24 PM

LGBTIQ+ health peak body welcomes paid domestic and family violence leave, calls for LGBTIQ+ inclusion in implementation

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) welcomes the introduction of legislation making 10 days of paid domestic and family violence leave available to all employees and calls for further action to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, intersex, queer and other sexuality and gender, and bodily diverse people (LGBTIQ+) people are included.

Read more July 29, 2022 8:00 AM

2021 Census Data shows nothing for LGBTIQ+ Australians

As the first round of data from the 2021 Census is analysed for essential insight into the Australian population, we remain in the dark about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer and other sexuality and bodily diverse (LGBTIQ+) Australians.

Read more June 28, 2022 11:02 AM

National LGBTIQ+ Forum Demonstrates Parties Can Work Together

On 5 May the National LGBTIQ+ Election Forum was held at the Melbourne Pride Centre and online. The Forum was co-hosted by LHA, Equality Australia, the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) and Intersex Human Rights Australia, and brought together Greens Senator Janet Rice, Labor Senator Penny Wong and Senator Andrew Bragg of the Liberal Party to answer questions from LGBTIQ+ people and community organisations. They were given an opportunity to pitch what their parties would do for LGBTIQ+ people should they win government.

Read more May 13, 2022 1:41 PM

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia urges care for trans and gender diverse communities

Peak organisation LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) is calling urgently for care in the media following ongoing conversations about trans women in sport.

Read more April 27, 2022 10:47 AM

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia calls on candidates to commit to tackling health disparities

With a federal election due to be called, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is calling on all parties and independent candidates to commit to nine priorities to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people and communities.

Read more April 01, 2022 11:44 AM

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia calls on universities to prioritise LGBTIQ+ student safety following release of safety survey findings

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is calling on Australian universities to prioritise the safety of LGBTIQ+ students after findings from the National Student Safety Survey showed LGBTQ+ students were more likely to experience sexual harassment and sexual assault in university contexts.

Read more March 24, 2022 1:59 PM

Federal Labor commits to 15 community sector workers in LGBTIQ+ community organisations

This media release was originally released by Linda Burney MP, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, and Senator Jenny McAllister, Shadow Assistant Minister for Communities and the Prevention of Family Violence

An Albanese Labor Government will provide dedicated funding to LGBTIQ+ community organisations to employ specialist domestic violence workers, ensuring LGBTIQ+ people receive appropriate family and domestic violence support.

Read more March 17, 2022 3:19 PM

LGBTIQ+ health peak body calls for great care to be taken when discussing the Religious Discrimination Bill this week

With the Federal Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill being debated in Parliament this week, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is calling for politicians, media and others to take care when commenting in the public domain. LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is urging those commenting to consider the negative impacts that continued public attention on the Religious Discrimination Bill has had and will have on the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people and communities. 

Read more February 08, 2022 9:59 AM

Great day for preventative health of LGBTIQ+ people and communities

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) has welcomed a commitment to health equity in the Federal Government’s 2021-2030 National Preventative Health Strategy (NPHS), and the announcement that LHA is one of the twenty-one health groups across Australia that has been awarded funding under the Health Peak and Advisory Bodies Program.

Read more December 14, 2021 10:26 AM

AMA releases new position statement on LGBTQIA+ health

The AMA has released a position statement calling for an end to discrimination against people who are LGBTQIA+ in the healthcare system, including patients and health care workers.

Read more November 23, 2021 9:17 AM

Aged Care and Community Sector urges Australian Government to implement rights-based aged care act

A broad coalition of aged care and community sector organisations are urging the Australian Government to build on its current reform agenda and commit to implementing a rights-based Aged Care Act that embeds older people's rights at its core.

Read more November 15, 2021 11:53 AM

New national survey targets palliative care needs of LGBTIQ+ people

A new online survey asks LGBTIQ+ people and/or health professionals to share their views on palliative care for LGBTIQ+ communities in Australia.

Read more June 10, 2021 4:49 PM

ANZ Institute donates $100,000 to LGBTIQ+ peer support helpline Qlife.

We're extremely grateful to the ANZ Institute for their very generous $100,000 donation to the QLife program.

Read more March 05, 2021 9:56 AM

New Australian Bureau of Statistics 2020 Standard

New Australian Bureau of Statistics Standard for Sex, Gender, Variation of Sex Characteristics and Sexual Orientation Variables, 2020 ('2020 Standard').

Read more March 03, 2021 2:05 PM

Findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and its Impact on LGBTIQ+ People

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) welcomes the public release of the much-awaited Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Read more March 02, 2021 8:32 AM

Writing Themselves In 4 National Report

The ongoing and significant impact of stigma, discrimination, violence and abuse on LGBTQA+ people’s lives has been confirmed by Writing Themselves In 4, despite recent legal and social progress towards acceptance.

Read more February 03, 2021 12:04 PM

New name and Strategic Plan 2021-2023

It’s a new year and we’re launching a new name, and a new Strategic Plan!

Read more December 27, 2020 8:36 AM

Productivity Commission’s Final Report on mental health, and National Suicide Prevention Adviser’s Interim Advice to the Prime Minister

 We have today released our formal response to the Private Lives 3 National Report, the Productivity Commission’s Final Report on mental health and the National Suicide Prevention Adviser’s Interim Advice to the Prime Minister.

Read more November 26, 2020 3:06 PM

Private Lives 3 Study

Findings from Australia’s largest national survey of the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ people to date, show that our communities are continuing to experience significant disparities across a range of health and wellbeing indicators, and concerning levels of discrimination, harassment and violence, compared to the general population. 

Read more November 13, 2020 2:44 PM

MEDIA STATEMENT: National Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring System website

The National LGBTI Health Alliance welcomes the launch this week of the Department of Health funded website by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), noting that the new system will not be able to monitor everyone.

Read more October 01, 2020 8:00 AM

Shining a Light on Suicide Prevention: World Suicide Prevention Day

Today (10 September 2020) marks World Suicide Prevention Day across the globe and provides a unique opportunity to collectively shine a light on suicide prevention, to help save lives.

Read more September 10, 2020 1:02 PM

Media Statement: LGBTIQ+ Health Australia response to new report on sexual assault in Australia

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia welcomes the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s report on sexual assault in Australia, whilst also expressing concern at the lack of national data available to capture the experiences of LGBTI populations.

Read more August 28, 2020 2:42 PM

Jean Hailes and LGBTIQ+ Health Australia promoting good health and wellbeing

We're pleased to announce a community partnership with Jean Hailes for Women’s Health for Women’s Health Week 2020.

‘Check in on your health’ is this year’s message for what is Australia’s biggest week focusing on good health and wellbeing for all women, including LGBTI women and trans and gender diverse people of all ages.

Read more August 26, 2020 2:28 PM

Media Statement: The National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2019 Key Findings

While there are some signs of improvement for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people since 2010 there is still work to be done.

Read more May 01, 2020 10:41 AM

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LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, (formerly the National LGBTI Health Alliance), is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people and other sexuality, gender and bodily diverse (LGBTIQ+) people and communities. Dropping the “+” from our name only occurs within digital formats that do not allow mathematical symbols, such as within our domain name, handles and hashtags.
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