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Coalition says it will work with states to end ‘gay conversion therapy’

The Coalition has said it will work with the states to end the practice of harmful “gay conversion therapy” after Prime Minister Scott Morrison dismissed national action on the issue on Tuesday. The harmful practices attempt to change or suppress an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity using psychological or spiritual means, and it’s been …

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First HIV Self-Testing Kit Gets Approval For Sale In Australia

Health advocates have welcomed the approval of HIV self-test kits in Australia, as the federal government announces a new HIV prevention strategy and funding for a new HIV drug ahead of World AIDS Day this Saturday. Australia’s first HIV home-testing kit was approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration on Wednesday, allowing anyone who thinks they …

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Health Minister Greg Hunt Addresses ‘My Health Record’ Privacy Fears

Police and government agencies will not be able to access a person’s My Health Record data without a court order under law changes proposed by the federal government. Medical records will be stored on a national database under the controversial federal government scheme, to be viewed by patients, GPs, specialists, pharmacists and hospital staff, with …

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ACL director defends ‘gay conversion’ therapy

The Australian Christian Lobby’s Martyn Iles describes a ban on so-called ‘gay conversion’ therapy as ‘totalitarian’. Indeed, the ACL director says parents should be able to ‘counsel’ children out of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. “[‘LGBTI conversion therapy’] is an Orwellian phrase. It evokes images of electric shock treatments, bizarre rituals, and abuse.” Iles …

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Queensland Government Flags Ban On ‘Gay Conversion’ Therapy

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles has said Queensland could become the second state in Australia to ban so-called “gay conversion” therapy. The dangerous and discredited practice was thrown into the spotlight two weeks ago after a Victorian branch of the Liberal party put forward a motion for the party’s upcoming state conference that called for …

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Federal Labor Pledges To Crack Down On ‘Gay Conversion’ Therapy

Federal shadow health minister Catherine King has said a Labor government would seek to crack down on dangerous “gay conversion” therapies across Australia. Only Victoria currently has legislation outlawing the practice, but King told Fairfax Media it would be a “personal priority” for her in government to work with all states and territories to bring …

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Conversion therapy survivor Chris Csabs calls for nationwide ban

A survivor of “gay conversion therapy” has called on federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to take action to ban the debunked and dangerous practice in Australia. In a combative interview with ABC Radio this week, Hunt said he didn’t support gay conversion therapy but drew criticism for expressing concern over the “constant view that nobody, …

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Victoria Urges Federal Government To Crack Down On ‘Gay Conversion’ Therapy

The Victorian Government has urged the Turnbull Government to help states crack down on the dangerous and discredited practice of “gay conversion” therapy in Australia. The practice involves people suppressing or attempting to change their sexuality, and Victorian Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said the fact that it was difficult to track and regulate shouldn’t …

Youth Mental Health Groups Get $100 Million Federal Funding Boost

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced an injection of more than $100 million into national youth mental health services to assist young Australians seeking help for depression and anxiety. Mr Hunt said the initiatives receiving the funding would help schools and communities support the mental health and wellbeing of Australian children and respond to …