A new position statement endorsing marriage equality in Australia has been released today by the peak national body for all pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).
With the diverse nature of the pharmacy profession and the communities pharmacists serve, PSA is committed to improving health outcomes for all Australians, especially groups at significant risk of harm.
Releasing its position statement on marriage equality, PSA – which proudly represents Australia’s 30,000 pharmacists working in all sectors and locations – highlighted that research shows same-sex marriage policies and mental health outcomes are inextricably linked.
PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson said: “PSA recognises that equality is a health issue, and is a right for all Australians, irrespective of age, culture, religion, sexuality or gender identity.
“This is reflected in PSA’s Code of Ethics for Pharmacists, which states that pharmacists have an obligation to respect the dignity and autonomy of the patient, recognise and respect patients’ diversity, cultural knowledge and skills, gender, beliefs, values, characteristics and lived experience, not to discriminate on any grounds and provide care in a compassionate, professional, timely, and culturally safe and responsive manner.”
The position statement said: “PSA supports marriage equality, in recognition of the link between improved health outcomes for LGBTIQ people and this type of legislative change.
“We are proud to join many other peak Health Organisations in Australia that support marriage equality.
“PSA is strongly committed to ensuring equality is achieved through the removal of structural and legislative barriers. We encourage PSA members to read the statement and to vote as they wish for the Australian Marriage Law postal survey.”