HEALTH

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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 …

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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 …

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Woman-in-bed

Women who sleep with women repeatedly report higher levels of satisfaction with their sex lives than women who have sex with men, according to several studies. A Public Health England survey of more than 7,000 women last month found that half of respondents aged between 25 and 34 did not enjoy their sex life. But …

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More must be done to address rising rates of HIV transmissions among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or Australia’s goal of ending new HIV transmissions by 2020 could be at risk, researchers say. New research published in the Medical Journal of Australia shows rates of new HIV transmissions among Indigenous Australians have risen by …

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Stock photo of cigarette smoke

Nearly everyone who has smoked for more than 5 years wants to quit. Being a smoker makes you a train wreck waiting to happen – the slow poisoning of your lungs, your heart and your arteries will likely one day lead to heart attack, stroke, blood clots, lung cancer and chronic lung disease. Have you …

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Greens senator Janet Rice told the story of Chris, a survivor of gay conversion therapy in Australia

Greens Senator Janet Rice has shared the story of a survivor of dangerous “gay conversion” therapy in the parliament and renewed calls for the federal government to take action on the harmful practice. Senator Rice spoke on Wednesday about Canberra man Chris (pictured, right), who endured the discredited therapy as a teenager and in March …

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Syphilis

I thought I’d write an update on what’s going around in the world of sexually transmitted stuff in Brisbane. And I mean literally going around. I’ve got one word for you – syphilis. These last couple of weeks has been a syphilis convention in Brisbane, and I’ve been jabbing people with penicillin left, right and …

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Trans fair day celebrate diversity

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has removed being transgender from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), declassifying it as a mental illness. On Monday the World Health Organization (WHO) published the latest version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), which moves “gender incongruence” to a new chapter, Conditions Related to Sexual Health. WHO says …

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