Intersex people are born with physical sex characteristics that don’t fit medical norms for female or male bodies. We have many different kinds of bodies and life experiences.
Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA) is a national body by and for people born with variations of sex characteristics. We promote human rights and bodily autonomy, and provide information, education, and an online peer support group. We were formerly known as OII Australia.
Our goals are to help create a society where intersex bodies are not stigmatised, and where our rights as people are recognised. Read more →
In the middle of this year, digital personal health records will change from an opt-in scheme to an out-out scheme. This means that, at some point, you or your doctor will activate a digital health record for you unless you choose to opt out. At the moment, only around 20% of Australian have digital health… Read more →
At a Special General Meeting on 4 March 2018, members approved a change in name to “Intersex Human Rights Australia” (IHRA) from OII Australia. This name change more closely represents our work, promoting human rights and particularly protection of bodily autonomy and freedom from torture and ill-treatment, and providing education and information.
In March 2017, intersex advocates from around Australia and Aotearoa/NZ came together in Darlington, Sydney, to identify common issues and concerns, and agree a consensus statement. In addition to publishing the Darlington Statement, more intersex people are now more visible, and our voices are more connected across our countries than ever before. We want to… Read more →
OII Australia has made a formal submission to the Northern Territory Department of the Attorney General and Justice. It responds to a current consultation on law reform. The submission notes that the Department’s discussion paper conflates sex classifications and sex characteristics. In doing so, the Department is unfortunately not unique in Australia. We recommend that… Read more →
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