March 1, 2023 – National LGBTIQ+ group Equality Australia has today welcomed a new LGBTIQA+ national health action plan along with $26 million in dedicated health and medical research.
The funding announcement, on the first day of Sydney WorldPride’s Human Rights Conference, will support projects seeking to improve the treatment and care for LGBTIQA+ people.
“This historic game- changing commitment from the Federal Government recognises that our communities have unique and sometimes very challenging health needs,” said Equality Australia CEO Anna Brown.
“Quite simply, this plan will save lives.”
“LGBTIQ+ people have significantly poorer mental health, disparities in other health outcomes and can often struggle to get the right care and treatment.”
“Our communities have long called for greater national coordination and investment in this area.”
“This funding package for new research – the largest ever for LGBTIQA+ health – is incredibly welcome news for the many people in our communities who feel their needs have not been met by the health system.”
“The fact the announcement has happened here – at the largest LGBTIQ+ human rights conference ever held in the Asia Pacific region – is a sign of how far we have come in Australia when it comes to valuing and respecting our communities.”
“It is time to make sure our health system works for everyone, no matter who they are or who they love.”
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