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ACON to launch second reconciliation plan this week

ACON to launch second reconciliation plan this week

NSW’s sexuality and gender diverse health organisation ACON says its ready to take the next step in the reconciliation journey with the release of its second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). To be launched on 2 June 2020 at the close of National Reconciliation Week, ACON says its Innovate RAP 2020-22 strengthens the organisation’s commitment to […]

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LGBTIQ+ mental health study shows need for more support funding

LGBTIQ+ mental health study shows need for more support funding

A new study from the University of Tasmania focusing on the health and social needs of LGBTIQ+ folks in a COVID-19 world has shone a light on the need for increased funding and accessibility of services. The Australian first conducted by UTas researchers surveyed LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians and revealed concerns surrounding mental health, loneliness, health care […]

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Lockdown restrictions relaxed but your sex life might still be on hold

Lockdown restrictions relaxed but your sex life might still be on hold

Western Australia has relaxed the restrictions on people meeting due to COVID-19, allowing up to ten people to gather together while maintaining a physical distance of 1.5 metres from each person, but health organisations say it’s not time to restart your casual sex life. ACON, NSW’s leading sexuality and gender diverse and HIV health organisation […]

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The YEP Project announce free sexual health webinar series for youth workers

The YEP Project announce free sexual health webinar series for youth workers

The Youth Affairs Council of WA’s sexual health program The Youth Educating Peers (YEP) Project, has announced a series of free webinars for youth workers in a COVID-19 world. The peer education initiative aims to support and educate young people on relationships, sexual health and blood-borne virus issues, working with the WA youth sector and […]

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ACON launch online COVID-19 information portal for LGBTIQ+ folks

ACON launch online COVID-19 information portal for LGBTIQ+ folks

NSW’s peak LGBTIQ+ health organisation ACON have launched a new online portal for COVID-19 information relevant to LGBTIQ+ communities. The digital hub provides resources and links for relevant and up-to-date information regarding the pandemic for LGBTIQ+ folks and people living with HIV, with categories covering sex, PrEP, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mental health, […]

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Elton John sets up $1 million fund for HIV+ people affected by COVID-19

Elton John sets up $1 million fund for HIV+ people affected by COVID-19

Sir Elton John has announced that his HIV charity has set up a new $1 million fund for people living with HIV affected by COVID-19. “For almost 30 years my foundation has prioritized the most vulnerable people to HIV, to end the AIDS epidemic and we’re committed to this during the COVID-19 crisis too,” the […]

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NAPWHA address community concerns about antiretroviral drug supply

NAPWHA address community concerns about antiretroviral drug supply

The National Association of People with HIV/AIDS (NAPWHA) have issued a statement addressing growing community concern about accessibility to antiretroviral medication used to treat HIV. The health advocacy organisation says there is no need for alarm and it is important not to spark consumer panic and create unnecessary anxiety. In their statement the group makes […]

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HIV researcher Gita Ramjee dies of COVID-19 related illness

HIV researcher Gita Ramjee dies of COVID-19 related illness

World renowned HIV researcher Professor Gita Ramjee has passed away from a COVID-19 related illness. The 64 year old scientist was well known for her work in the field of HIV. Professor Ramjee was the chief scientific officer at the Aurum Institute, a leading authority in the field of HIV and Tuberculosis. Throughout her career […]

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Advocates call on government to lift gay blood donation ban

Advocates call on government to lift gay blood donation ban

Australian LGBTIQ+ advocates will today write to the federal government and the Red Cross Blood Service, calling for the removal of a long-standing ban that prevents men who have sex with men from donating blood. The call comes as the US Food and Drug Administration lifted some restrictions on gay blood donation, reducing the period […]

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WA AIDS Council searches for a new name

WA AIDS Council searches for a new name

The Western Australian AIDS Council is welcoming suggestions for a new name for the organisation. More than 30 years after the organisation was formed its operations have grown to encompass a wide range of activities, many of which are not represented by their current name. In a video explaining their desire to rebrand the organisation […]

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