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VHA position on marriage equality result

Posted 15 November 2017

The Victorian Healthcare Association is pleased the Australian public has voted yes for marriage equality and calls on the Australian Parliament to enshrine their clear position.

VHA CEO Tom Symondson said marriage equality is a powerful public health strategy that reduces stigma and discrimination and improves the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and questioning people.

“The people have spoken, now Parliament must endorse that as an absolute priority,” he said today.

“Our members, Victoria’s public health sector play a vital role delivering inclusive and accessible care to all Australians.”

As the peak body representing Victoria’s public health services the VHA supports its members to deliver equitable access and health outcomes - regardless of the community’s diverse or specific needs. Research indicates a disproportionate number of LGBTIQ Australians had poorer mental health outcomes and a higher risk of suicidal behaviour.

The VHA believes in inclusion, supports diversity, and recognises the rights of the LGBTIQ community and believes all Australians should have the same rights as the broader community to have their relationship recognised under the Marriage Act. 

Read the full statement here

If you, or someone you know is experiencing difficulty during this time call Lifeline 13 11 14, beyondblue 1300 224 636 or QLife: a free, anonymous, LGBTIQ counselling and support service, 3pm-midnight daily, on 1800 184 527 or web chat qlife.org.au.

 

 

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