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LGBTI and dementia scoping review summary

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia in partnership with Dementia Support Australia commissioned the Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University, to complete a scoping review of the needs, service access and current practices to support LGBT+ older adults living with cognitive impairment and dementia.

Read more June 17, 2024 10:32 AM

ARTICLE: PROMOTING INCLUSIVE PALLIATIVE CARE FOR LGBTIQ+ PEOPLE

Discrimination drives many LGBTIQ+ people to avoid disclosing their diverse bodies, sexual orientations or genders in healthcare, which has a direct impact on their end-of-life planning, according to Dr Ruth McNair, a General Practitioner and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne.

Read more May 17, 2024 11:32 AM

Article: Research highlights challenges in palliative care for LGBTIQ+ communities

Even with progress in addressing barriers faced by LGBTIQ+ people, research shows there's still significant work to be done, especially in palliative care and end-of-life services, according to Dr Fiona Ann Papps, an Associate Professor in Psychological Sciences at the Australian College of Applied Professions (ACAP).

Read more May 16, 2024 2:52 PM

WORK WITH US: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Director

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is hiring a Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Director. 

Read more April 02, 2024 11:49 AM

Policy and Research Webinar: Data Diversity - Can the ABS Standard transform LGBTIQ+ policy and planning?

This webinar explores how the ABS 2020 Standard being used to improve data collection on LGBTIQ+ communities.

Read more March 28, 2024 11:55 AM

Aged Care Act Exposure Draft Joint Submission

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) provided comments on the exposure draft of the new Aged Care Act (the Act). As a human-rights based aged care legislative framework, it promises significant improvements for older people receiving Government-funded aged care services.

Read more March 15, 2024 1:26 PM

Webinar: Unleashing potential: co-design strategies for LGBTIQ+ communities

This webinar is an exploration of co-design, featuring the 7-step process developed by Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele. 

Read more March 15, 2024 10:01 AM

Federal Government must deliver robust Aged Care Act without delay Rights of older people have been ignored for too long

The Federal Government must finally deliver a new Aged Care Act that protects and enforces the rights of older people, allows visitors in aged care at all times, and supports informal carers of older people without delay, organisations representing older people and carers say.

Read more March 12, 2024 10:26 AM

Webinar: Transforming Tasmania: Lessons in LGBTIQA+ Health, Wellbeing and Equality

In 2024, Tasmania is a leading state in LGBTIQ+ equality and policymaking — a significant improvement from being the worst Australian jurisdiction for these issues only a few years ago.

Read more March 01, 2024 4:41 PM

New Data Confirms Need for 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 a new article, Mental health findings for LGBTQ+ Australians, from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) 2020-2022 National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing. 

Read more March 01, 2024 4:15 PM

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Budget Submission 2023-2024

The Australian Federal Budget for 2024-2025 will be put to Parliament in May. 

This year’s LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) submission focuses on work underway by the Federal Government to develop an LGBTIQA+ Health and Wellbeing 10-Year National Action. The Action Plan is expected to be complete later in 2024.  

 

Read more March 01, 2024 4:03 PM

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

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 and present. 

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



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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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