OII Australia can provide a range of services to individuals, organisations, institutions and community groups around Australia. Contact us for more information.
We offer a support service for Australian residents with intersex variations, and their families. Please contact us via the Contact page and we aim to always respond urgently – but please remember that we rely on part-time staff and volunteers. We sometimes hold gatherings of members and some allies and supporters, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. Contact us if you’re interested in attending a gathering.
People with intersex variations and our family members and allies may also wish to join the Facebook group for OII friends and members. It is a “secret” group, to maintain the privacy of members. Please send us a message on Facebook if you wish to join.
Employment and service delivery
We can help make your workplace and service intersex-inclusive, working with you to establish how the needs of intersex people can be met, and how to frame your service in ways that may be more appealing to an intersex audience. Examples include:
- Advice to the Victoria Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Commission on guidelines for general practitioners.
- Presentation to the National LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence conference, September 2013.
- A full Employers’ guide to intersex inclusion.
- Short Guide to Making your service intersex friendly.
We can help you to develop an understanding of the range and diversity of intersex people, our needs and issues, and your responsibilities in relation to anti-discrimination legislation. Awareness raising events include:
- Tony Briffa speaking at the Darwin Outgames Human Rights Forum, May 2014
- Morgan Carpenter speaking at a UN Human Rights Council side event, March 2014
- Morgan Carpenter speaking at an Intersex Awareness Day event in Canberra, 2013
We produce a range of information resources, including leaflets for allies (our ‘101’ introductory resource), parents, and posters. You can find a curated collection of articles about fiction and non-fiction books, videos, films and audio on intersex issues. Our FAQs, submissions and policies are also available to view, alongside personal stories and comment.
Custom training and education
We can offer advice on the impact of legislation and regulations, human resources and equal opportunity issues. Organisations to whom we have provided training and education services include:
- Salvation Army, Melbourne, 2014.
- AIDS Council of NSW “Big Day In”, 2013.
- “After Homosexual” conference in Melbourne, 2012
- Pride in Diversity annual conference, 2012
Advocacy, human rights and law reform
OII Australia is actively engaged in promoting recognition of intersex people in law and regulations, with a particular focus on improving recognition of our health needs and human rights. Our contributions to public life in Australia include:
- Senate Committee recommendations for major changes to clinical and legal practice, with the development of national policy guidelines within in a human rights framework – see our article about the report Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia (October 2013) and cross-party Senate speeches on the issue (March 2014)
- the inclusion of “intersex status” as a biological attribute in federal anti-discrimination legislation, with the intention of no religious exemptions (June 2013)
- federal government guidelines on the recognition of sex and gender (June 2013)
- changes to Medicare to remove gender from item numbers for medical procedures (July 2013)
- improved, but still deeply flawed, Victorian guidelines on decision making around the treatment of intersex infants, children and adolescents (February 2013)