Welcome to OII Australia – we promote human rights and bodily autonomy for intersex people, and provide information, education and peer support

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Intersex people are born with physical, hormonal or genetic features that are neither wholly female nor wholly male; or a combination of female and male; or neither female nor male.

OII Australia is a national body by and for intersex people. Our goals are to help create a society where sex differences are not stigmatised, and where our rights as people are recognised.
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Let Dutee Chand run

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We are disturbed by reports that Indian woman athlete Dutee Chand has been denied a position in the Indian Commonwealth Games team, on the basis of a test result showing elevanted natural levels of blood testosterone. It also appears that Chand discovered the news via press reports, and not directly from sports or medical authorities….
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Morgan Carpenter at LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth conference

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Morgan Carpenter at LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth conference

We’re delighted that Morgan Carpenter spoke on intersex health and human rights at the LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth event in Glasgow, Scotland on 18 July, at the kind invitation of the Equality Network and Kaleidoscope Trust. Much of the Commonwealth however is not a good place to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or…
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ILGA Europe’s summer magazine talks about intersex equality

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ILGA Europe’s summer magazine talks about intersex equality

ILGA Europe has published its summer magazine, Destination Equality, and this issue focuses on intersex. It includes an article and other content by Morgan Carpenter. In this edition: Sophie Aujean, Senior Policy and Programmes Officer, explains how ILGA-Europe’s work on intersex issues has evolved, the importance of the three intersex forums in this context and…
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Diversity & power in mental health services: Addressing structural violence

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Diversity & power in mental health services: Addressing structural violence

OII Australia is really pleased to announce that Morgan Carpenter will be participating in The Mental Health Services Conference in Perth this August, as part of an intersectional symposium entitled Diversity & power in mental health services, Addressing structural violence. The conference is the largest and longest running multidisciplinary mental health conference in Australasia: TheMHS…
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Submission to inquiry on intentional self-harm in children

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Submission to inquiry on intentional self-harm in children

Following a meeting between Megan Mitchell, the National Children’s Commissioner, and Morgan Carpenter, yesterday, we have made a late submission to the National Children’s Commissioner inquiry on intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour in children. The Australian Human Rights Commission describes the inquiry as follows: The National Children’s Commissioner is examining how children and young people…
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Tony Briffa at the University of Melbourne medical student conference

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Bodies In Between

On 1 July, Tony Briffa presented to the University of Melbourne medical student conference at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, along with clinicians Garry Warne and Sonia Grover, and ethicist Lynn Gillam. This talk will discuss the different kinds of intersex conditions, what causes them, how decisions about both medical and surgical management are made and…
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