Religious Discrimination Reforms

The right to freedom of religion protects both the freedom to have or adopt a religion or belief and the freedom to manifest that belief, but also the right not to hold a religious belief and the right not to engage in religious activities.

Religious discrimination legislation currently under consideration by the Australian Government may potentially have an adverse impact on:
• the ability of governments to effectively and equitably provide health services to Australians, and
• the health of a person when access to health services is denied, delayed or compromised.

In a country committed to universal health care, a fair, moral and ethical balance must be struck between the right to freedom of religion and the right to health.