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Touchbase website for LGBTI health

A new website has been developed to provide targeted information on drugs, alcohol, and mental and sexual health to Australia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex communities, BuzzFeed Australia reports. TouchBase ( is a joint initiative between the Victorian AIDS Council, the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations and the Australian Drug Foundation. A unique aspect of TouchBase is its focus on drug interactions with HIV medication and hormones. “We’ve created TouchBase to address gaps in existing information for LGBTI people,” said Victorian AIDS Council CEO Simon Ruth. “It’s a unique website, because LGBTI people have different drug-using norms — we use drugs in different patterns, we have different concerns, people have been dealing with different issues throughout their lives.”

New Surgeon-General for ADF

Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart has been named as the new Commander of Joint Health Command and Surgeon-General of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), taking over from Rear-Admiral Robyn Walker, who served in the role from 2011. Air Vice-Marshal Smart became the highest ranked lesbian officer in the ADF in 2009 when she was made Air Commodore in 2009. Her latest promotion will see her responsible for the delivery of health services…