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Calls for WA government to commit to outlawing conversion therapy

Calls for WA government to commit to outlawing conversion therapy

Survivors of LGBTQIA+ conversion practices have welcomed calls by the WA Greens for Western Australia to enact legislation against it. Upper House Greens MP, Alison Xamon, signaled recently that the issue needs to be addressed locally in the wake of other states moving ahead with bans and criminal penalties. Nathan Despott, from survivor group Brave […]

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WA government announces new funding for Aboriginal suicide prevention

WA government announces new funding for Aboriginal suicide prevention

The McGowan Government has announced they will inject nearly $10 million towards developing and implementing a region-by-region approach to Aboriginal suicide prevention in Western Australia. The regional plans will prioritise Aboriginal-led and locally endorsed initiatives that accommodate a culturally informed social and emotional wellbeing approach to suicide prevention. This includes the principles: nothing for Aboriginal […]

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WA Health considering changing wait times for blood donations

WA Health considering changing wait times for blood donations

Western Australian Health Minister Roger Cook has confirmed to OUTinPerth that he has asked the WA Health Department to review the waiting times for gay and bisexual men to donate blood. “The McGowan Government pursues excellence in care across all treatment disciplines, and for all members of the community. I have asked the Department of […]

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Health Minister Roger Cook says surrogacy reform is still on the agenda

Health Minister Roger Cook says surrogacy reform is still on the agenda

Western Australia’s Health Minister, Roger Cook, says surrogacy reform is still on the agenda for the McGowan government despite setbacks. In 2019 discussions over the bill saw fiery debates in the state’s lower house, but when the legislation moved to the upper house Liberal MP Nick Goiran delivered a filibuster speech that dragged on for […]

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WA’s proposed surrogacy laws may be discriminatory to women

WA’s proposed surrogacy laws may be discriminatory to women

Introduction of Western Australia’s new surrogacy laws may have been dealt another blow with legal advice suggesting the proposed legislation could be discriminatory towards women. Health Minister Roger Cook (pictured) has argued that the current laws need to be changed because they are discriminatory towards male same-sex couples and single men. Cook has argued that […]

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WA Greens call on McGowan Government to ban conversion therapy

WA Greens call on McGowan Government to ban conversion therapy

The WA Greens are urging the state government to ban LGBTI+ conversion therapy following an announcement by Victorian Labor Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday. Andrews was joined by Minister for Equality Martin Foley and Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos at Melbourne’s Midsumma Pride March, where he revealed the Victorian Government’s plan to prohibit LGBTI+ conversion practices […]

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ACL says single people and gay men should not be able to access surrogacy

ACL says single people and gay men should not be able to access surrogacy

Ahead of the parliamentary debate on the McGowan government’s bill, that would allow single men and gay men to access altruistic surrogacy, the Australian Christian Lobby has argued that the laws need to move in the opposite direction and ban all single people from accessing surrogacy. Currently altruistic surrogacy can only legally be accessed by […]

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Tasmanian Labor voice support for gay conversion therapy ban

Tasmanian Labor voice support for gay conversion therapy ban

Tasmania’s Shadow Health Minister has voiced her support for banning gay conversion therapy practices. Sarah Lovell MLC added her name to a petition calling for the practice to be banned, and called on Tasmania’s Liberal government lead by Will Hodgman to show it’s support too. “In a supposedly enlightened and tolerant Australia, it’s difficult to […]

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Minister responds to concerns over LGBTIQ+ health strategy timeline

Minister responds to concerns over LGBTIQ+ health strategy timeline

Health Minister Roger Cook has responded to concerns raised by members of the LGBTIQ+ community regarding the speed at which the state’s LGBTIQ Health Strategy is being developed. Last week several leading health organisations and prominent community groups shared their concern that the Western Australian Health Department had set a timeline for the development of […]

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Community groups worried about health strategy haste

Community groups worried about health strategy haste

The McGowan government has announced it will be developing a specific health strategy focussing on LGBTIQ+ communities but concern has been raised by community groups regarding the pace at which the strategy will be put together. Thirteen prominent representatives from community organisation have written a joint letter to Health Minister Roger Cook after it was […]

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