HEALTH

News and resources relating to LGBTIQ health and medical care

Hola amigos! I’m back from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I attended the 25th meeting of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), an organization formed back in 1979. WPATH is most famous for their Standards of Care, a set of guidelines for the medical management of trans and gender diverse people. These guidelines have …

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As QNews Magazine’s Publisher Richard Bakker is attending Goodlife Health Clubs to get fit and trim in anticipation of his future wedding, Goodlife Fortitude Valley have shared with us some recommendations for healthy eating. Our immune system, our risk of chronic diseases, our body weight and even our mood can be linked to the health …

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Queenslander Bonnie Hart has been recognised for advocacy on intersex rights at this year’s Trans Awards in Brisbane. The Trans Awards is the night of nights for the local transgender and gender diverse communities, recognising and celebrating the achievements of community members and supporters. On Sunday evening, Bonnie was presented with the ATSAQ Community Achievement …

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration has not properly weighed the risks and benefits of a blanket ban on alkyl nitrites, the main ingredient in sex aid “poppers”, a group of queer health advocates has said. Poppers are used by gay and bisexual men and others to dilate the user’s blood vessels and relax muscles, helping receptive …

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Once known as “manic depression”, bipolar disorder is actually quite common. If you are bipolar, you may experience depression alternating with periods of mania or hypomania. During periods of mania, you may feel elevated or high, be quite creative, spend a lot of money, and have trouble sleeping. Sometimes this can lead to bouts of …

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The first national survey of transgender and gender diverse sexual health has been launched to fill critical gaps in data and improve care for trans and gender diverse Australians. The Australian Trans and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey is the first of its kind and researchers say it will be a major step towards improving …

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Every Australian will soon have a My Health Record — an online summary of their health information — unless they opt out before November 15. Last month, Brisbane LGBTIQ health specialist and QNews Magazine contributor Dr Fiona Bisshop put a series of questions to the Australian Digital Health Agency regarding issues that have arisen around the …

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The team at the Queensland AIDS Council have embarked on a tour of Queensland to consult with the LGBTIQ community about the future of the organisation. QuAC is working on formulating the organisation’s 2018–2021 Strategic Plan, and they recently held community consultation workshops in Cairns and Brisbane. QNews Magazine attended QuAC’s Brisbane workshop on Monday …

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