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Media release                                                                  

8 July 2019

 

 

The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) National Council has unanimously passed a new policy in support of intersex rights.

 

AMSA President, Ms Jessica Yang, said today that AMSA took this major step forward on LGBTQIA+ inclusion when its National Council 2 passed the newly-reviewed “LGBTQIA+ Health Policy” on the weekend.

 

The new policy supports the Darlington Statement (2017); a document which details the human rights demands of intersex individuals, including the provision of equitable health care.

 

“AMSA has always prided itself on being a welcoming and inclusive organisation, which values diversity because of the experience and perspectives brought by different people,” Ms Yang said.

 

AMSA Queer Officer and one of the policy’s authors, Ms Jessie Lu, said it was excellent that the AMSA Council – who are elected representatives from all medical schools across the country – unanimously voted to empower and uplift this marginalised group.

 

“AMSA Queer is an evolving group that supports and advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community and provides a safe space for queer-identifying and questioning medical students to connect.” Ms Lu said.

 

“Individuals with variations of sex characteristics are often underrepresented, even in LGBTQIA+ groups, and experience the poorest health outcomes of all queer groups due to extreme barriers to accessing safe, appropriate, and inclusive medical care.

 

“We hope this policy will demonstrate our recognition of the unique challenges that intersex individuals face and the variation in individuals’ journeys through the healthcare system, and our commitment to making headway in this space.” Ms Lu said.

 

AMSA is the peak representative body for Australia’s 17,000 future doctors and advocates for health equity for all Australians.

 

 

Media contact

AMSA 2019 Public Relations Officer

Madeleine Goss

E: pro@amsa.org.au