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Connect with community this Lesbian Visibility Week

Connect with community this Lesbian Visibility Week

This week is International Lesbian Visibility Week, launching April 26 with Lesbian Visibility Day. Celebrated since 2008, the occasion is an opportunity to mark the achievements of LGBTQIA+ women and gender diverse people who feel an affinity with a lesbian identity. Moving beyond representation in media and on screen, Australia’s peak body for queer health […]

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Health advocates say LGBTIQ+ communities left behind in Budget

Health advocates say LGBTIQ+ communities left behind in Budget

Warning: This article contains mentions of domestic violence and suicide. Australia’s peak body for LGBTIQ+ health has welcomed many measures in the just-released 2022-23 Budget, but warns LGBTIQ+ communities are being left behind. LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) is calling for specific funding measures that will directly address LGBTIQ+ needs and priorities. While the Budget provides […]

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Inaugural Australian LGBTQ health & wellbeing awards announced

Inaugural Australian LGBTQ health & wellbeing awards announced

LGBTQ role models, allies and others dedicated to LGBTQ inclusion within the Australian health and wellbeing sector will come together at the end of March for the first-ever Pride in Health + Wellbeing Awards, to celebrate outstanding achievements in making their organisations safe and inclusive for sexuality and gender diverse people. The Pride in Health […]

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Project seeks to better support First Nations LGBTQIA+ mental health

Project seeks to better support First Nations LGBTQIA+ mental health

Walkern Katatdjin (Rainbow Knowledge) is a peer-led national research project, seeking to hear from the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIA+ people with mental health, wellbeing and support. The groundbreaking project will focus on the lives of young people, using interviews and yarning groups and a national survey to lead into co-design with […]

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Take part in the review of the WA Mental Health Act

The Mental Health Commission is undertaking a Statutory Review of the Mental Health Act (2014) to examine the operations and effectiveness of the Act – what is working well, and where improvements to treatment, care and support could be made. A discussion paper has been developed to help guide a public comment period, with feedback […]

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Calls for Mental Health Minister to tackle conversion practices

Calls for Mental Health Minister to tackle conversion practices

LGBTIQA+ rights organisation just.equal says Western Australia’s Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson has provided a response to their concerns about conversion and suppression practices, but advocates say his answer is “vague”. The Minister has responded to a letter from just.equal sent in May, which asked for greater detail about what the McGowan government was doing […]

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Young Australians are experiencing greater levels of loneliness

Young Australians are experiencing greater levels of loneliness

Insights from the headspace National Youth Mental Health Survey released today show more than one in two young people (54%) feel a sense of loneliness, an increase from 2018 (49%). headspace Youth Mental Health Foundation today revealed the growing increase in the proportion of young people who feel they lack companionship and feel isolated. headspace […]

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Victoria commits $3.8 billion to mental health and suicide prevention funding

Victoria commits $3.8 billion to mental health and suicide prevention funding

Mental health advocates say the Victorian Government’s announcement to set up a Suicide Prevention and Response Office is welcome news and is a positive sign in the wake of the impending national agreement with states and territories scheduled for November this year. Yesterday, the Victorian Government revealed their 21/22 budget outline, revealing a record $3.8 […]

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Court dispute highlights need for law reform to support WA’s trans youth

Court dispute highlights need for law reform to support WA’s trans youth

Warning: This article contains mentions of suicide, dead names. A local transgender teenager has been laid to rest with two separate funerals, following a court dispute between his parents. The West Australian has reported on the case of the two parents, in which the father does not accept his son’s trans identity, arguing against the […]

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OUTinPerth wins WA Mental Health Award for news media

OUTinPerth wins WA Mental Health Award for news media

OUTinPerth was recognised for our contribution to supporting mental health in Western Australia at the 2020 Mental Health Awards. Co-editors Leigh Andrew Hill and Graeme Watson were presented with the WA Mental Health News Media Award for outstanding news reporting, contributing to mental health in WA. The awards were held at a glamorous ceremony at […]

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