Time to recognise sexual orientation as a social determinant of health

Jed Horner and Nick J Roberts
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10464
Published online: 17 February 2014

A recent Senate Committee report should serve as a catalyst for further action

The outcome of a recent Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into Australia’s response1 to the World Health Organization’s report on the social determinants of health2 makes for welcome reading, particularly for lesbian, gay and bisexual Australians. Encouragingly, the Senate Committee has acknowledged what many of us already know — that sexual orientation, conceived of as the dynamic interaction of attraction, behaviour and identity, functions as a social determinant of health.

  • Jed Horner1
  • Nick J Roberts2

  • 1 Australian Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.


Competing interests:

Jed Horner is currently employed as Policy and Project Officer for the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.


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