Peaks take a stand on marriage equality

Health and medical peak organisations have come out in favour of a yes vote in the Marriage Law Postal Survey.

The AMA and the Australian Health and Hospitals Association (AHHA) joined a growing number of healthcare organisations who have issued statements supporting marriage equality because it is a mental health issue.

AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon said that excluding same-sex couples from the institution of marriage has significant mental and physical health consequences for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer/questioning Australians.

“Discrimination has a severe, damaging impact on mental and physiological health outcomes, and LGBTIQ individuals have endured a long history of institutional discrimination in this country,” Dr Gannon said.

AHHA Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven said feelings of safety and inclusion in the community were extremely important to health generally.

“It follows that all healthy, safe and respectful relationships should be celebrated, which includes marriage equality,” Ms Verheoven said.

Meanwhile, ReachOut, headspace, Orygen, the Black Dog Institute and the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre have launched their #MindtheFacts campaign.

This campaign encourages Australians to carefully consider the real and devastating links between youth suicide rates and discrimination against young LGBTIQ people when they cast their vote.