Public Health Association speaks out against marriage plebiscite
World Mental Health Day is held October 10 to raise awareness of mental health globally.
This year the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is calling on the Australian government to consider the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities and pass marriage equality laws without the plebiscite, which it says could be damaging to mental health.
As part of the annual conference in September a resolution was passed without dissent opposing the Australian plebiscite on marriage.
Over 300 public health professionals called for the government to pass marriage laws without a costly and damaging plebiscite and funnel the funds into areas that will benefit the community such as preventative health or education.
A recent report by ACON highlighted the growing evidence relating to the impact of marriage equality and marriage denial on same-sex couples and the role of health organisations in supporting marriage equality as a public health strategy.