Media Release: Landmark anti-discrimination laws to promote LGBTI health

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Australia’s LGBTI Health Alliance is celebrating the passage of the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013 into Commonwealth law last week.

“Research shows that discrimination is a factor in many health problems that disproportionately affect LGBTI Australians. Passage of the Act marks a new chapter in Australian history of improved health and wellbeing for LGBTI people”, said Warren Talbot, Alliance General Manager.

“The Alliance has worked hard with our members for a number of years to achieve LGBTI inclusion in federal anti-discrimination legislation. Now we have more work to do to ensure that health and aged care service providers and policy makers across Australia are aware of their legal obligation not to discriminate.”

Mr Talbot said that passage of the aged care amendment was particularly important.

“Many older LGBTI Australians live in rural and remote areas where religious aged care providers are their only options. Passage of the aged care amendment adds value to the Alliance’s national aged care training project, which will help aged care service providers to apply their legal duty and allow older LGBTI Australians to live longer and better lives”,  Mr Talbot said.

Aged care sector employees and managers who wish to register their interest in receiving LGBTI aged care training can register their interest on the Alliance’s website: https://lgbtihealth.org.au/ageing/

The Act is the first legislation in Federal Parliament to include LGBTI people in anti-discrimination law. Under the Act, it is it illegal to discriminate against people on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status anywhere in Australia. The Act also contains an amendment that removes the religious exemption that previously allowed federally funded, religious aged care service providers to discriminate against LGBTI people in the provision of services.

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Contacts

Warren Talbot, General Manager, 0459 039 685, (02) 8568 1120

Susan Ditter, Board Chair, 0429 346 122