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8 December, 2017

 

Marriage equality – a step in improving the health and wellbeing of Australia

 

Australia’s Parliament has granted all same sex couples the right to marry nationally, improving the equality and wellbeing for the community.

 

Dianella Health is proud Australia has joined the twenty five other countries and more than 840 million people around the world to want everyone to have the same right to be treated with respect and equality.

 

The bill parliament passed on Thursday 7 December 2017, brings to an end of  a life time of inequalities existed in the society on the basis of gender to Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning (LGBTIQ) Australians who have experienced significantly poorer health outcomes than the broader population.

 

Many of these inequalities are caused by a history of discrimination such as the amendment to the Marriage Act 1961 which defined marriage as “the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”. Many of these injustices had not been appropriately addressed until now.  LGBTIQ Australians are now able to enjoy equal treatment under Australian law.

 

By legalising same-sex marriage - effective from 9 January, 2018- a wide range of positive health and wellbeing outcomes for LGBTIQ populations, impacted families, and wider communities will be achieved.

 

“The legalisation of same sex marriage, will significantly increase the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ people” said Dianella Health CEO Neil Cowen. “The pain, trauma and stress experienced by the LGBTIQ community who were prohibited to a human right such as same sex marriage will now hopefully be abolished. The psychological impact of this inequality and discrimination which lead to high rates of substance abuse and suicide will hopefully too end. Marriage equality is officially a human right for good health”.

 

Dianella Health is an inclusive community that celebrates the diversity of all people.

We welcome people of any age, cultural and linguistic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical sex characteristics, ability, health, life experience, socio-economic situation, faith, spirituality, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.

We embrace all aspects of human diversity in planning and delivery of services, and we are committed to embedding these values and have done so for over 40 years.   

 

If you are experiencing health or mental wellbeing issues similar to those referred to in this statement, please contact our Counselling & Support Service on 1300 234 263 (select option 5) Switchboard (LGBTIQ Helpline) 1800 184 527 3pm - midnight or Beyond  Blue 1300 224 636. 


For more information on Dianella Health’s LGBTIQ Service Support, contact diversity@dianella.org.au

 


21 November, 2017

 

Marriage Equality a vote for a happier healthier Hume  


Australia’s Marriage Equality plebiscite has returned a majority vote for improved equality and wellbeing for the community.


Dianella Health is proud Australia is a step closer to joining the twenty six other countries and more than 840 million people around the world who want everyone to live and love without fear of discrimination.

 

By legalising same-sex marriage, a wide range of positive health and wellbeing outcomes will benefit both the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer or Questioning (LGBTIQ), and wider communities.

 

“The stress and trauma caused by discrimination often leads to worse health outcomes for LGBTIQ people” said Dianella Health Acting CEO Sue Sestan. “The negative psychological impact of limiting a human right such as same sex marriage often contributes to associated health problems and higher rates of substance abuse and suicide within this group. Dianella welcomes the Marriage Equality result because we’re committed to Hume being the inclusive and healthy community we all want it to be.”

 

For more than 40 years, Dianella has valued and respected the diverse community it works with. Regardless of sexuality, gender, faith, cultural background, socio-economic status, ability or age, we embrace and respect the rich diversity of Hume in the planning and delivery of our health services.

Dianella Health support human rights such as gender equality, the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of cultural and religious diversity.


If you are experiencing health or mental wellbeing issues similar to those referred to in this statement, please contact our Counselling & Support Service on 1300 234 263 (select option 5) Switchboard (LGBTIQ Helpline) 1800 184 527 3pm - midnight or Beyond  Blue 1300 224 636. 


For more information on Dianella Health’s LGBTIQ Service Support, contact diversity@dianella.org.au

 


1 September, 2017 

 

On 1 September, 2017 we issued a joint statement with twenty two other metropolitan and reginal community health organisations from across the length and breadth of Vicotria in support of marriage equality. 

 

Please see statement below: 

 

Marriage equality vote creates health risks for LGBTIQ community

 

Twenty three metropolitan and regional community health organisations from across the length and breadth of Victoria have today issued a joint statement in support of marriage equality.

 

Victoria’s community health sector has a long history of supporting marginalised communities and advocating for change that will reduce health inequality. Today’s public statement arises from a deep concern about the health impacts of a potential marriage equality postal survey on the health and wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community.

 

Higher rates of anxiety and depression, suicide, drug and alcohol use, and other forms of poor mental and physical health among LGBTIQ people, particularly younger people, are well documented. These adverse health impacts arise as a result of experiences of individual, social and legal discrimination, with a lack of marriage equality in particular shown to be specifically associated with poorer health and wellbeing outcomes among LGBTIQ people.

 

Further research has found that these harms worsen during campaign periods, and many of the signatory organisations to this statement have already observed marked increases in the number of people from LGBTIQ communities seeking support for the distress they are experiencing.

 

These impacts are not limited to our clients, with many of our LGBTIQ staff, and their allies, also experiencing negative impacts on their health and wellbeing.

 

Today’s statement is an expression of solidarity and support to our many LGBTIQ staff and clients in the context of the current debates.

 

The statement also makes clear that the signatory organisations strongly support marriage equality as an important public health strategy towards improving the mental and physical health of LGBTIQ people.