Editorials

OII Australia editorials, policy statements and submissions.

What human rights are affected by early medical intervention?

What human rights are affected by early medical interventions aimed at “normalising” the bodies of intersex infants, children and adolescents? The Yogyakarta Principles In particular Principle 18: B: Take all necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to ensure that no child’s body is irreversibly altered by medical procedures in an attempt to impose a gender…
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AHRC calls for new Australian Children’s Commissioner

AHRC calls for new Australian Children’s Commissioner

The Australian Human Rights Commission has called for the establishment of a new Children’s Commissioner: “The Convention on the Rights of the Child is one of the world’s most important human rights treaties, and the most widely ratified treaty in the history of the United Nations… “The 20th anniversary today is a cause to celebrate…
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On intersex birth registrations

Intersex people in several Australian are able to obtain an administrative correction of intersex birth registrations, including correction to male, female, or (in some cases) blank designation. Note: in some jurisdictions, such as New South Wales, the rules for people changing sex marker on birth certificates (whether intersex or not) can be onerous, particularly when…
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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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