News and resources relating to LGBTIQ health and medical care

Every Australian will soon have a My Health Record — an online summary of their health information — unless they opt out before November 15. Brisbane LGBTIQ health specialist and QNews Magazine contributor Dr Fiona Bisshop has put a series of questions about privacy, consent and security to My Health Record and you can read …

Midsumma Festival 2018

Youth mental health organisation headspace has revealed alarming new data on the levels of psychological distress among young Australians. Nearly one in three (32%) young Australians aged 12 to 25 are reporting high or very high levels of psychological distress, triple the rate in 2007 (9%), according to the research. The organisation announced the data …


What vitamins and supplements should you be taking? The short version of this article would be one word – nothing! All the ingredients you need for a healthy body are found in a well-balanced diet. But everyone’s taking something – surely there must be something to all these pills, powders and potions? And some of …

Open Doors

A new social media campaign is in the works to help young LGBTIQ people in Queensland fill in the gaps in their knowledge of sexual health and better understand the risks of HIV. Fortitude Valley-based Open Doors Youth Service is working with researchers from the University of Queensland’s School of Public Health to develop the …

Prep tablet

Queensland men will be able to find out everything they’ve wanted to know about HIV prevention medication PrEP at a free community forum at Brisbane Pride Festival’s Fair Day. PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is an important form of HIV prevention used by people who don’t have HIV and are at risk of acquiring …

Inner City Legal Centre

Transgender people in Sydney will soon be able to access a range of free legal advice with the opening of Australia’s first legal service dedicated to issues affecting them. The not-for-profit Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) has teamed with law firm Dentons to launch a pilot of the Transgender Legal Service on September 10. The …


This week, I’m answering questions from QNews Magazine readers about gonorrhoea, breast cancer in trans women and butt implants. I was recently diagnosed with gonorrhoea, but I never have sex without condoms. How could this happen? Well you are not the first to ask this! Gonorrhoea is a very common bacterial infection, and it can …

Midsumma Festival 2018

Mental health support services for young people in Gympie have received a boost with the opening of a new headspace centre this week. The service will provide young people aged 12 to 25 and their families and friends free and confidential for mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drugs and work and study support. …