Health and medical ethics (page 11 of 15)

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Equal Rights Trust: Testimony by Gina Wilson on rights for intersex people

The UK’s Equal Rights Trust has just published testimony by OII Australia president, Gina Wilson, in The Equal Rights Review, Vol. 10. Gina talks about her personal background, her work as an activist, and the issues we face in seeking human rights, including intersex and the sex binary, the medical model, invisibility in human rights…
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Parliament

Transcript: Intersex people at a public hearing of the Senate Inquiry on involuntary sterilisation

Hansard transcripts of the March 2013 public hearings for the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation have been published. Several issues are striking, not least the commonalities between the medical treatment of intersex people and the medical treatment of people with disabilities. We are grateful for the support of disability organisations like People with…
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Parliament

Second submission to Senate Inquiry on involuntary sterilisation; the Chief Justice of the Family Court on infant clitorectomy

The Senate’s community Affairs Reference Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities, and intersex people. The deadline for submissions was 12 March, and the Committee has just published a supplementary submission (PDF) by OII Australia, alongside submissions by the AISSGA, People with Disabilities Australia, the National…
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Victorian guidelines

Important new protocols for intersex kids in Victoria

An important new medical protocol has just been released by the Health Department of Victoria today. We welcome this very important improvement in how intersex children are treated, and will provide a full analysis at the weekend. In the immediate term, we can advise that OII Australia’s key intervention came shortly after publication of the…
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Parliament

Submission to the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation

The federal Senate’s Community Affairs References Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia, and now also including the sterilisation and sexual health of intersex people. The terms of reference for the inquiry were updated on 15 February to include: 2. Current practices and policies…
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UN Special Rapporteur on Torture calls for an end to coerced and involuntary genital-normalising surgeries

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture issued a statement on 1 February 2013 in Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez recognising that intersex people have been subject to non-consensual medical normalisation treatment, and calling for an end to forced sterilisation, forced hormone…
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Information session by Kamol Cosmetic Hospital, Thailand

OII Australia was recently contacted by the Kamol Cosmetic Hospital in Thailand asking for information in respect of establishing a series of information sessions in Melbourne and Sydney. Kamol is a cosmetic Hospital that specialised in surgery for trans women. The hospital also offers surgery for trans men. I understood that the hospital was intrested…
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Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics report on Intersexuality

Ground-breaking Swiss report on infant surgery, a review

Earlier this month, the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics published an opinion document, On the management of differences of sex development, Ethical issues relating to “intersexuality”. Copies are available via the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health in English. This is a brief review of the key points in that position document. Our…
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Anne Tamar-Mattis: “The silent majority”

Anne Tamar-Mattis: “The silent majority”

Anne Tamar-Mattis of Advocates for Informed Choice in the US has a guest post at Psychology Today on the “real silent majority”: There’s a theory floating around the world of medicine that goes like this: while it is widely known that patients with disorders of sex development (DSD) are unhappy with the treatment they have…
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