Support organisations for LGBTI people

There are a range of organisations that can support you as an LGBTI person in accessing healthcare and provide you with more information. These are both local and national.

Local

A Gender Agenda

http://genderrights.org.au/

A Gender Agenda works with all those who do not fit cultural assumptions about the male/female binary, whether because of their gender identity, gender presentation, history or biological characteristics. They are a community of transgender people, transsexual people, cross-dressers, other gender variant or gender non-conforming people, intersex people, and their families, friends and allies. They provide support, advocacy, training and community development.

AIDS Action Council of the ACT

http://aidsaction.org.au/

The AIDS Action Council provides services to individuals and support for the wider LGBTI and HIV positive community. These include:

Services

  • Counselling and referrals
  • HIV Support
  • Sexual Health Clinic ‘STRIP’
  • Workshops and peer education

Community

  • Community development
  • Education and training
  • Facilities and resources

Health Care Consumers Association of the ACT

http://www.hcca.org.au/

HCCA is the peak health consumer advocacy body in the ACT, supporting and developing health consumer perspectives and policy in the Territory for over 30 years. HCCA is an organisation through which everyone can participate in policy, planning and service decisions that affect their health. HCCA works to improve the quality and availability of health services, supports consumers to identify shared priorities about health and represents these views to the ACT Government.

ACT Health Services Commissioner and the ACT Human Rights Commission

http://hrc.act.gov.au/health/

Karen Toohey is the ACT Health Services Commissioner. The Commissioner’s mandate is to consider complaints about the provision of health services and services for older people. The Commissioner promotes:

  • improvements in the provision of health services and services for older people
  • the rights of users of health services and services for older people
  • an awareness of the rights and responsibilities of users and providers of health services and services for older people.

The Commissioner also works with Health Professions Boards to protect public safety by dealing with complaints.

National

The National LGBTI Health Alliance and MindOut

http://lgbtihealth.org.au/

The National LGBTI Health Alliance is a membership based organisation that advocates, conducts research, and runs programs for the health and wellbeing of LGBTI people in Australia. MindOut is an organisation run by the National LGBTI Health Alliance which is targeted at supporting the mental health and suicide prevention of LGBTI people in Australia. MindOut has a range of useful resources on their webpage:

http://lgbtihealth.org.au/mindout/

Oii Australia

https://oii.org.au/

Oii Australia is an independent support, education and policy development organisation, by and for people with intersex variations or traits. Their work focuses on human rights, bodily autonomy and self-determination, and on evidence-based, patient-directed healthcare. They are a volunteer-run organisation, primarily resourced out of the voluntary contributions of members, along with limited project funding.

Australian Human Rights Commission

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/

The Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent body tasked with the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia. They provide education, public awareness, receive discrimination and human rights complaints, and develop policy and legislation.