News and resources relating to LGBTIQ health and medical care

The US government’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tweeted an apparently necessary reminder about condom usage: they’re single-use only. We’ve heard of reusable plastic bags, but this is ridiculous. “We say it because people do it: Don’t wash or reuse #condoms! Use a fresh one for each #sex act,” the tweet by …

A young person is depressed

By Anthony Jorm, University of Melbourne and Betty Kitchener, Deakin University Australia’s leading mental health organisations have launched a new campaign – #YouCanTalk – to encourage Australians to ask people they’re concerned about if they’re thinking about taking their own life or have made a plan to do so. This recommendation runs counter to commonly-held …


Have you been suffering from short-term lower back pain or long-term lower back pain? Lower back pain is one of the most common health complaints which affects 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. Lower back pain is a common contributor to taking time off work. For many, the back pain …

A man clutches his stomach in pain and discomfort in this stock photo

No matter what time of year, there are always unpleasant tummy bugs doing the rounds, causing stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhoea. There are a few different bugs that can cause this. If you’ve been around a few other people who have had the same illness, especially if it came with fevers and headaches, you’ve probably …


An Australian study has found that successful daily antiretroviral therapy (ART) effectively stops the transmission of HIV between gay and bisexual men. The research supports the findings of previous studies showing that men on treatment for HIV with an “undetectable viral load” cannot pass it on to other people. The latest study, called Opposites Attract, …

My Health Record stock photo supplied by federal government

Australians are being warned to consider potential privacy issues with the new digital My Health Record system as the three-month opt-out period for the scheme begins. People’s medical records will be stored on a national database under the federal government scheme, to be viewed by patients, GPs, specialists, pharmacists and hospital staff. The records will …

Two youths marching in a pride parade with a rainbow flag and a 'born this way' banner

PFLAG Toowoomba have welcomed the announcement of a new program from counselling service Lifeline aimed at improving the mental health of the Darling Downs LGBTIQ community. Lifeline Darling Downs CEO Derek Tuffield said the organisation had applied for and secured a $40,000 grant to pioneer the “Leading The Change” program. “It’s a conversation that’s long …

Stock photo of IVF reproduction reproductive therapy

By Damien Riggs, Flinders University For any person needing medical care, informed consent is vital. Yet for transgender people, informed consent may be hindered by how medical professionals share information. This is especially the case in the context of reproductive health, where speaking about reproductive materials is often highly gendered. Both the World Professional Association …