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People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) can face additional mental distress due to stigma, discrimination and abuse.

Younger people who identify as non-binary can experience more bullying, isolation and rejection from family and peers, while older people can have higher rates of preventable diseases and special needs associated with their gender status.

While Murray PHN does not fund specific LGBTQIA+ services, headspace services are inclusive and welcoming places for young people aged 12-25 years old.

If you or someone you care about is seeking further information or support, talking to a doctor or mental health professional is a great place to start. You can also visit or call a range of national and state-based support services and their websites, that are relevant to LGBTQIA+ people, their families and friends.

Support services

  • LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is the national peak health organisation for organisations and individuals that provides health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, intersex, queer and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people.
  • QLife is a counselling and referral service for LGBTIQ+ individuals. Call 1800 184 527 between 3pm to midnight daily or chat online.
  • Transcend Australia is a peer support network for parents and carers supporting their trans and gender diverse and non-binary (TGDNB) child.
  • Thorne Harbour Health (VIC only) offers a range of programs and services for people living with HIV and sex, sexuality and gender diverse communities.
  • Rainbow Door (VIC only) is a specialist helpline will provide people with information, advice and referral. Call 1800 729 367 between 10am – 5pm, every day.
  • ACON (NSW only) provides health support for LGBTI people and people with HIV.

Last Update: May 24th, 2024