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, and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.
We recognise that people’s genders, bodies, relationships, and sexualities affect their health and wellbeing in every domain of their life.
Healthy lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, intersex, and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities throughout Australia and the world, free from stigma and discrimination.
As the national NGO peak body for LGBTI health in Australia, our particular mission is to provide a national focus to improve health outcomes for LGBTI people through policy, advocacy, representation, research evidence, and capacity building.
How the Alliance began…
Originating out of community-based organisations with an HIV/AIDS focus, the Alliance is one of the first organisations of its kind in the world. We formally launched at Australia’s Parliament House in August 2007.
Our founding members have played a key role in LGBTI health in their respective states and across Australia, particularly leading the community aspect of Australia’s successful response to HIV/AIDS. They saw the need for a national organisation that works more broadly across LGBTI health issues, rather than focussing specifically on HIV.
In 2008 we began to put in place legal, organisational and personnel structures to establish an independent, national membership-based organisation. The Alliance is now a not-for-profit public company, governed by a constitution and a board of Directors.
In July 2009 we opened membership to other non-government organisations working within LGBTI health and broader LGBTI issues, not-for-profit and corporate supporters, and individuals. Prior to that, however, we were already working collaboratively with a range of partner organisations to pursue our objectives.
As a learning organisation, we strive to continually develop, change and adapt in response to the needs of our members and the wider communities that they represent.