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Focus Needed on Reducing Harms among LGBTQ+ People Who Use Drugs

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) has called for urgent action to reduce harms associated with the use of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people (LGBTQ+), responding to new data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2022-2023[1].

Read more March 01, 2024 3:47 PM

Interview: Dr Ashwin Kaniah, Palliative Medicine Advanced Trainee, Calvary Health Care

Much to consider for doctors working in palliative care aiming to practice inclusive care

Read more March 01, 2024 12:43 PM

Webinar: Walkern Katatdjin Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people

Join us for LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's February policy and research webinar, exploring what 'Walkern Katatdjin' tells us about working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ young people.

Read more February 19, 2024 2:56 PM

Webinar: Translating findings from the ‘Out with Cancer’ study into training materials

Join us for LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's first webinar of 2024, which delved into understanding cancer in LGBTIQ+ communities.

Read more February 05, 2024 10:39 AM

Webinar: Advocating for Change, Advancing Best Practice: Reflections on AusPath 2023

The recent Australian Professional Association for Trans Health (AusPATH) conference explored ‘Advocating for Change, Advancing Best Practice’. In this webinar, for those who missed the conference and those who want more, organisers and leading participants explore key messages, thought-provoking content and new learnings. It will ask, 'where to from here?'

Read more January 29, 2024 8:09 AM

Webinar: Empowering Diversity: Aged Care Reforms for LGBTI older people

Join us for a groundbreaking webinar as we delve into Australian aged care reforms following the Royal Commission, focusing on how they can positively impact the lives of LGBTI older people. Will they deliver a future of inclusivity, respect and personalised support?

Read more January 29, 2024 7:59 AM

Submission on the Cancer Council National Cervical Screening Program Guidelines

Cancer Council Australia invited submissions on their update to the National Cervical Screening Program Guidelines. The revision marks a comprehensive update, examining new evidence to ensure the Guidelines are as up to date as possible.

Read more December 14, 2023 5:16 PM

National LGBTIQ+ Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy

The National LGBTIQ+ Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy - Beyond Urgent is a plan for strategic action to prevent mental ill-health and suicide, and promote good mental health and wellbeing for LGBTIQ+ people and communities across Australia.

The front cover of the Beyond Urgent report. A person with a shoulder length purple hair is the main image

Read more December 04, 2023 4:08 PM

Annual Report 2022-2023

This is LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's Annual Report for 2022-2023.

Read more November 28, 2023 11:13 AM

LGBTIQ+ content on AIHW National Suicide and Self Harm Monitoring System

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) has welcomed the release of new data providing a clearer picture on the risk of mental health, self-harm and suicide for LGBTIQ+ communities within the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) National Suicide and Self Harm Monitoring System and called for more work to include broader national data on LGBTIQ+ populations.

Read more November 28, 2023 10:20 AM

Submission of improving access to multidisciplinary gender affirming care

The Australian Department of Health and Ageing’s Medical Services Advisory Committee are considering an application to improve access to multidisciplinary gender affirming care.

Read more November 08, 2023 11:57 AM

LGBTIQ+ Consultation Report: National Suicide Prevention Strategy May 2023

To inform the development of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia was commissioned to facilitate targeted consultations to provide advice on issues and experiences of mental health and suicide by LGBTIQ+ people and communities, and provide recommendations to how the Strategy should acknowledge the needs of LGBTIQ+ people and communities as a priority.

Read more November 08, 2023 11:32 AM

First Nations Voice to Parliament Result: Statement by LHA Board

LHA acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land and community. We pay our respects to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and their cultures, and to Elders of past, present and future generations.  

Read more October 23, 2023 3:08 PM

Submission on New Model for Regulating Aged Care

The Australian Government aims to “place older people in Australia at the centre of regulation, increasing protections and empowering them to exercise their rights in the context of a reformed and improved aged care system.”  LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) supports this aim and is seeking practical strategies to achieve it for older LGBTI people.  

Read more October 12, 2023 11:26 AM

New National Mental Health Data Confirms Need for Greater Focus on LGBTIQ+ Mental Health and Wellbeing

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) today called for urgent responses across Australia on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people’s (LGBTQ+) mental health, responding to new mental health and wellbeing data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) 2020-2022 National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing (Study).

Read more October 10, 2023 5:48 PM

Submission to ABS 2026 Census Topic Consultation Phase Two

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is consulting on topics for the next National Census in 2026.

Current data collection does not adequately count LGBTIQ+ populations. This results in a lack of data to monitor and report on national strategies, and insufficient data for targeted policy development, service delivery and resource allocation.

Read more September 14, 2023 10:36 AM

Remembering Rainbow: LGBTIQA+ Memorial for World Suicide Prevention Day

Our Remembering Rainbow is a physical tribute memorialising the names of LGBTIQA+ people across Australia who have taken their own lives. By tying ribbons on the Remembering Rainbow, we tell the world that the countless people in our communities who experience suicidality and those who we have lost to suicide will not be forgotten, their lives and stories live on because we are taking action together.

Read more August 28, 2023 3:13 PM

Lack of personal safety experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and other diverse sexually orientated women demands immediate response

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) is calling for immediate action to increase the personal safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and other diverse sexually orientated (LGB+) 1 women in response to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing LGB+ women experience sexual
violence at a rate of more than four times higher than heterosexual women.

Read more August 24, 2023 7:46 AM

National LGBTIQ+ Palliative Care Community of Practice

In 2020, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) received funding through the National Palliative Care Projects grant, through the Department of Health and Aged Care, to deliver several capacity building initiatives to improve the experiences of LGBTIQ+ people and their loved ones accessing palliative and end-of-life care.

Read more August 21, 2023 4:42 PM

Transforming Families Webinar: Dr Yael Perry, Telethon Kids

Members are invited to our next Capacity Building Session featuring Dr Yael Perry of Telethon Kids. Dr Perry will present on 'Transforming Families', a digital hub of evidence-based resources, to assist with supporting families of trans and gender diverse children and young people.

Read more August 01, 2023 10:55 AM

Yarn It Up

ACON in collaboration with BlaQ are holding a new series of yarns for Sistergirls, Brotherboys, and trans mob across the country.                                                                                                                                                           
Yarn it Up will be a 4-part virtual Yarning Circle series held Thursday nights from 6pm-8pm (AEST) 10, 17, 24 and 31 August.                                                                                                                      
Read more July 27, 2023 10:20 AM

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

Submission on New Model for Regulating Aged Care

The Australian Government aims to “place older people in Australia at the centre of regulation, increasing protections and empowering them to exercise their rights in the context of a reformed and improved aged care system.”  LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) supports this aim and is seeking practical strategies to achieve it for older LGBTI people.  

Read more July 04, 2023 5:14 PM

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament: Statement by LHA Board

On 6 May 2023 the LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) Board of Governance convened a face-to-face meeting on Gadigal Land, Sydney. At this meeting, the Board of Governance discussed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.

Read more May 09, 2023 1:56 PM

Submission to ABS 2026 Census Topic Consultation Phase One

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) is calling for the 2026 census to include an integrated set of questions that capture adequate data on LGBTIQ+ people: sex, gender, variations of sex characteristics and sexual orientation. These topics meet the ABS census criteria for national importance and need.

Read more May 03, 2023 7:15 PM

ABS Census Consultation

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is consulting ahead of the 2026 Census on needed information that is not currently collected. The exclusion of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status questions means a lack of essential data for evidenced-based LBGTIQ+ health and wellbeing policies and programs.

Read more April 24, 2023 12:51 PM

Submission on Australian clinical quality registries

While LGBTIQ+ people have poorer health outcomes than the broader community, current data collection does not adequately include LGBTIQ+ demographics. This means LGBTIQ+ populations are routinely excluded or not adequately considered in policy and program development.

Read more April 05, 2023 10:29 AM

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia welcomes ANROWS gendered violence findings

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia welcomes the important insights and recommendations from the nation’s largest survey into attitudes around gendered violence released today.

Read more March 29, 2023 12:51 PM



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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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LGBTIQ+ Health Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land and community. We pay our respects to all Australian Indigenous Peoples and their cultures, and to Elders of past, present and future generations.