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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

Trans Awareness Week and Trans Day of Remembrance 2022

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on 20 November that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. The week before TDOR, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face.

Read more November 08, 2022 11:29 AM

LHA welcomes the Government’s Budget, October 2022-23 investment and calls for new vision for LGBTIQ+ health

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) welcomes the Budget investment in Australia’s health and wellbeing, and has called on the Government to show a clear vision to address the significant disparities in health outcomes in LGBTIQ+ health.

Read more October 26, 2022 12:47 PM

2022 Palliative Care Scoping Review

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia recently conducted a Scoping Review that looked at the existing literature on palliative and end-of-life care for LGBTIQ+ communities from 2016-2020.

Read more October 25, 2022 9:23 AM

Pride & Pandemic: Health experience and coping strategies among LGBTQ+ people during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia

Pride and Pandemic is a joint study between La Trobe University's Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society and LGBTIQ+ Health Australia.

Read more October 24, 2022 11:32 AM

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

Submission to the Select Committee on Work and Care

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia lodged a submission in response to the Select Committee on Work and Care’s inquiry on how combining work and care responsibilities will impact the wellbeing of workers, carers, and those they care for.

Read more September 30, 2022 9:21 AM

Factsheet: LGBTI People and Dementia

This factsheet is specifically for aged care workers to provide guidance on how to support LGBTI people living with dementia in aged care.

Read more September 30, 2022 9:13 AM

Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Carers Leave

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety identified a lack of support for informal (unpaid) carers, including challenges balancing their caring role with work and other commitments.

Read more September 19, 2022 11:18 AM

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

We Need You: New Positions Open

New positions are available at LGBTIQ+ Health Australia. Come join the team!

Read more July 11, 2022 12:11 PM

NAIDOC Week Events

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

Read more July 05, 2022 5:21 PM

Building a national Cervical Cancer Elimination Strategy

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) and the Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer (ACPCC) are working together to help the Australian Government build a strategy to eliminate cervical cancer in Australia by 2035.

Read more July 02, 2022 6:06 PM

Older LGBTI people and the digital divide

Teresa Savage, a consultant in LGBTIQ+ ageing and health and our Project Manager Roundtable and Digital Health, looks at how the digital divide is affecting older LGBTI people's access to healthcare

Earlier this year LHA held the 4th National Roundtable on LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care 2022. The event was attended by 34 participants from all Australian states and territories, including older LGBTI community representatives, Silver Rainbow partners (who deliver the Silver Rainbow program on behalf of LHA), key ageing and aged care organisations and observers from relevant government departments.

Read more June 28, 2022 3:06 PM

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

Media oulets must prioritise trans and gender diverse voices in FINA decision coverage

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) is calling on news media to prioritise the voices of trans and gender diverse people and experts in the coverage of the International Swimming Federation’s (FINA) disappointing decision to exclude trans women from elite women’s competitions.

Read more June 20, 2022 4:53 PM



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