- $120,000 funding for new LGBTI health strategy
- Funding will be provided to engage relevant stakeholders and support the community consultation process
The State Government has reaffirmed its support of Western Australia's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community by providing $120,000 for the development of a LGBTI health strategy.
Co-ordinated through the Department of Health, the strategy will provide a framework to raise awareness of the specific health and mental health challenges of LGBTI people.
The funding will be used to engage relevant stakeholders and support the community consultation and engagement process.
The health strategy will support existing LGBTI services including:
- A gender diversity service that provides children and adolescents up to 18 years old with a multidisciplinary approach to the assessment, care and treatment (where appropriate) of issues relating to gender dysphoria and gender identity; and
- A Gender Diversity Assessment and Consultation service at YouthLink.
The State Government will continue to review existing government policies and programs to prevent any inadvertent discrimination and ensure they are in line with the principles of equality and inclusiveness.
Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The McGowan Government is working to make targeted services available for the LGBTI community in areas of high priority, with a particular focus on education, mental health, health and policing.
"We are committed to ensuring that no legislation or government policies directly or indirectly discriminate against the LGBTI community."
Comments attributed to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Mental Health Alanna Clohesy MLC:
"LGBTI people are 14 times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers and rates of depression are over five times higher among transgender people and 3.5 times higher among lesbian, gay and bisexual people than in the general population.
"This new health strategy will provide us with a blueprint to increase the community's understanding of the experience and needs of the LGBTI community."
Minister's office - 6552 6500