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Access to assisted reproductive technologies (ART) for same-sex attracted women was clarified in a recent Health Directive issued by the Department of Defence.

Health Directive No 203 released 11 Feb 2013 stated that “Medicare provides benefits for ART only where ART is the clinically appropriate response to medical infertility. Benefits are not payable for surrogacy or for social infertility.”

A spokesperson from Joint Health Command indicated that the use of the term ‘social infertility’ in the Directive means non-clinical reasons for infertility, and that the revision to the policy does not discriminate against lesbians who are infertile.

DEFGLIS currently has four vacant positions on the interim board. We are very proud to have nine nominations for the positions and such talent to draw from within the organisation. View the biographies of James Bonello, Jordan Box, Mat De Wacht, Donna Harding, Catherine Humphries, Brandon King, Jen Macklin, Joe McCullagh, Luke Pitty, Greg Ramsay by clicking "Continue Reading".

A handbook designed to help members with gender dysphoria was recently released by the Australian Defence Force, and is now available online via DEFGLIS.

Gender Dysphoria describes the distress that a person suffers that is caused by a discrepancy between gender identity and a person’s sex at birth.

The fear and apprehension members currently experience when faced with revealing their true gender identity and having to commence transition will be greatly diminished through education and the dispelling of a large number of prevalent myths through the handbook.

The handbook is an important step in the provision of education and information in Defence, and should assist members who are questioning or considering transition, their commanders, and most importantly their fellow Air Force members in understanding gender identity.

DEFGLIS has been made aware of a shake-up at its US counterpart, Outserve-SLDN following a failure to 'right-size' the organisation after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.

Among the changes will be the appointment of a new executive director and a working board without the large staff base the organisation inherited.

DEFGLIS will continue to maintain a strong relationship and dialogue with Outserve-SLDN and provide advice and support if requested.

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