Media Release: Health body backs intersex awareness

Australia’s LGBTI Health Alliance has given its strong support for Intersex Awareness Day.

“The recent inclusion of Intersex people in the Sex Discrimination Act, supported by all parties in the Parliament, was a great achievement”, Mr Talbot said. “This national leadership now needs to be followed through by medical and health professionals, State health departments and community organisations.”

“In 2010 the Health Alliance changed its constitution and name to specifically include Intersex people,” said Executive Director, Warren Talbot. “The Alliance has made progress, but there is still much to do to provide quality health services for individuals who are Intersex.”

Mr Talbot said that the Alliance provided testimony and has made three submissions to a recent Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities. “This is a relevant issue for Intersex people, and the Alliance is looking for strong leadership from the Senate Committee,” Mr Talbot said.

Mr Talbot paid tribute to the dedicated volunteers who work in Alliance Member Organisations, OII Australia and the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group.

“Health authorities should be supporting these organisations to assist with policy development and improved service provision.”

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Alliance submissions are available at www.lgbtihealth.org.au/ourwork