News - LGBTIQ+ Health Australia



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

Ageing and Aged Care Program Lead

LHA is in search of a program lead to oversee the strategic planning, development and implementation of an exciting diversity and inclusion program. The program aims at raising awareness and building the capacity of aged care service providers to better support LGBTIQ+ older people. The Ageing in Aged Care program encompasses a variety of activities, including resource development, workforce training, engaging with key stakeholders and building strategic partnerships.

Read more July 20, 2023 10:08 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

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Manager

The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Manager is responsible for the successful implementation and delivery of the Mindout program.  Mindout develops and delivers activities aimed at preventing suicide and improving the mental health and wellbeing outcomes of LGBTIQ+ populations.  The core focus of this role is to ensure that LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's (LHA) mental health and suicide prevention programs are delivered to the highest standard and are guided by current research and models of best practice.  As a peak body, LHA is not a direct service or program provider. LHA works with partners across Australia to deliver programs and initiatives with LHA providing high level national coordination. This role requires demonstrated program and partnership management experience.  

Read more June 12, 2023 12:52 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

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Annual Report 2021-2022

This is LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's Annual Report for 2021-2022

Read more March 22, 2023 4:53 PM

Webinar: LGBTIQ+ Body Pride: Navigating body image and eating disorders

The LGBTIQ+ community is disproportionately impacted by eating disorders and body image concerns.

Read more March 16, 2023 4:19 PM

Submission: Australian Law Reform Commission consultation on anti-discrimination law

LHA welcomes the Australian Government’s move to prevent educational institutions discriminating against students and staff based on sexual orientation, gender, relationship status or pregnancy.

Read more March 13, 2023 1:52 PM

Submission: Family Law Amendment Bill 2023 - exposure draft

The Australian Government has sought comment on an exposure draft of the Family Law Amendment Bill 2023

Read more March 09, 2023 7:27 PM

LHA submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Universal Access to Reproductive Healthcare

LHA provided comments to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into Universal Access to Reproductive and Sexual Healthcare.

Read more March 09, 2023 12:37 PM

Federal commitment to 10-year LGBTIQ+ Health and Wellbeing Action Plan is life-saving

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) today welcome Federal Government commitment to a 10-year national action plan for LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing, alongside an LGBTIQ+ Health Advisory Group and $26 million for health research.

Read more March 02, 2023 11:30 AM

National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy

The National Mental Health Commission is developing a National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy on behalf of the Australian Government. It aims to ensure stigma and discrimination on the basis of mental ill-health are not barriers to people living long and contributing lives.

Read more February 15, 2023 10:14 AM

Submission on National Dementia Action Plan

The Department of Health Ageing consulted on the 10-year draft National Dementia Action Plan. LHA supports the Plan’s aim of putting people living with dementia, their families, and carers at the centre of all action on dementia.

Read more February 07, 2023 4:30 PM

Submission on an Australian Centre for Disease Control

Over recent years, Australia has responded to significant public health emergencies, particularly the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government is establishing an Australian Centre for Disease Control (CDC) to improve ongoing response to these emergencies.

Read more February 07, 2023 2:54 PM

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Budget Submission 2023-2024

The Australian Federal Budget for 2023-24 will be put to Parliament in May.

Read more February 02, 2023 2:47 PM

LHA letter on the draft Inspector-General of Aged Care Bill

The Australian Government consulted on a draft Inspector-General of Aged Care Bill to establish a new independent statutory office–the Inspector-General of Aged Care–to provide oversight and drive improvements in the aged care system.

Read more February 02, 2023 2:13 PM

LHA submission to the Australian Cancer Plan

Cancer Australia, on behalf of the Australian Government, is developing the ten-year Australian Cancer Plan.

Read more January 04, 2023 2:15 PM

November 2022 Policy and Research Webinar: LGBT Older People and Homelessness

The webinar focuses on the report Out of the Closet, Out of Options: Older LGBT people at risk of homelessness.

Read more November 28, 2022 11:38 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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