Editorials

OII Australia editorials, policy statements and submissions.

Six key issues for intersex health

Issue 1: An end to non-consensual infant genital surgery OII opposes all cosmetic (non-essential) surgery on infants without their full and informed participation in decision-making and their agreement. OII Australia on “Tasmanian wisdom about intersex from Commissioner for Children Paul Mason” AHRC: Surgery on intersex infants and human rights British Medical Journal: “Managing intersex” There…
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Testosterone: suffering the system, not the medication

Testogel sachets

Woohoo! I’m on a four month posting from Australia to Ireland, courtesy of my employer. I’ve just collected my latest Testogel medication from a local pharmacy and I’m excited! Why the excitement? Well, here’s a little background: like almost all adults with intersex conditions, I’m infertile and I need HRT to help maintain my weight,…
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Our thanks to Corey Irlam

Our thanks to Corey Irlam

No major social change is ever accomplished alone, and usually involves the combined efforts of many people in back rooms, hotel rooms and off to the side of plushly decorated conference rooms. The same principle applied when OII Australia and our allies recently worked behind the scenes to ensure that the Australian Labor Party (ALP) finally…
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Amnesty International in NSW adds intersex

Amnesty International in NSW adds intersex

We have always had hopes that Amnesty International would embrace the problems of intersex people worldwide, and it is pleasing to note that the NSW branch has done so by adding intersex to its name now. Thank you, and we very much look forward to attending future meetings!

AHRC’s Paper ‘Surgery on intersex infants and human rights’

AHRC’s Paper ‘Surgery on intersex infants and human rights’

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released a paper titled Surgery on intersex infants and human rights. We deeply regret the report’s equivocation on surgery to modify the appearance of intersex infants and children. The report acknowledges such interventions without commenting on their necessity or lifelong consequences. It is available for download here.