ACON Sydney

Published date: April 9, 2019

We’re a NSW based organisation here for HIV prevention, HIV support and LGBTI health. Our head office is in Sydney, we have offices in key regional locations and we provide services throughout NSW. We’re primarily funded by the NSW Government through the NSW Ministry of Health and our work forms an integral part of the NSW Government’s HIV Strategy.

Our mission is to enhance the health and wellbeing of our communities by:
• Ending HIV transmission among gay and other homosexually active men.
• Promoting the health, throughout life, of LGBTI people and people with HIV.

WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR

HIV Prevention
Advances in HIV testing and treatments mean we can end HIV transmission in NSW by 2020 by;

• Promoting education campaigns and running Gay Health Workshops
• Operating rapid HIV and STI testing facilities
• Providing a range of support services
• Distributing free condoms and sterile units of injecting equipment throughout NSW

HIV Support
We’re here to help people with HIV take control of their health, as well as partners, by providing up-to-date information as well as a range of programs and services including:

• Workshops and support groups
• Counseling
• Care coordination
• Home-based care and HIV Health Retreats
• Meal and Vitamin service

LGBTI Health
We provide the latest information on health issues affecting LGBTI people, and offer a range of services affecting LGBTI people. Our services cover:

• Sexual and Mental Health
• Alcohol and drugs
• Safety and inclusion
• Domestic and family violence
• Ageing
• Training and consulting


Who We’re Here For

• People with HIV
• Gay, Lesbian and bisexual people
• Transgender and Intersex people
• Young gay men
• Sexually adventurous gay men
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
• Older LGBTI people
• LGBTI people who use drugs

And through our Training & Consulting division we work with:

• Employers and Service providers
• Community organisations

Why We’re Here

We serve people who face the same broad health issues as everyone else. However, mainstream service providers don’t always respond adequately to their needs due to a lack of knowledge, understanding or acceptance.

Our communities have specific health needs that are best met by community-based organisations with specialist knowledge and experience. Support the specific needs of LGBTI people and people with HIV which improves their access to mainstream services.

The Way We Work and Self Determination

We’re a community-based organisation. We believe that people and communities affected by HIV should be included and active in any local or global response. That is why it is effectively done by peers, who share similar social backgrounds or life experiences.

LGBTI Sex Positivity

We support and promote a positive, life-affirming view of sexual activity in all its diversity. We recognise that a denigration of LGBTI sexual activity is strongly linked with homophobia and transphobia, and that mutually consensual sexual activity should be honoured and encouraged.

Evidence-Based

We maintain close collaborative ties with key HIV research centres within Australia and incorporate new evidence and research into our strategic, organisational and project planning. Evidence-based responses are essential to retaining the trust of our community, organisational partners and funders.
Check our website for more details and how we can help.


Phone Number: 02 9206 2000
Website: www.acon.org.au
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ACONHEALTH
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aconhealth
Instagram: www.instagram.com/aconnsw
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/aconhealth

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