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New initiative hopes to raise awareness about bowel cancer

New initiative hopes to raise awareness about bowel cancer

A new initiative in New South Wales is hoping to increase awareness about bowel cancer among LGBTIQA+ communities. Community figures are fronting a new bowel cancer screening awareness campaign targeting people of diverse sexualities and genders developed by NSW’s leading LGBTQ+ health organisation, ACON, in partnership with the Cancer Institute NSW. Launched during Bowel Cancer […]

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NSW Labor MP Penny Sharpe quits frontbench over blood testing laws

NSW Labor MP Penny Sharpe quits frontbench over blood testing laws

New South Wales Labor MP Penny Sharpe has resigned from her position on the front-bench over the party’s support for mandatory blood testing laws. In a letter to Labor leader Jodi McKay, Sharpe resigned as a the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council and from her positions as the Shadow Minister for […]

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ACON support calls for judicial inquiry into historical gay & trans hate crimes

ACON support calls for judicial inquiry into historical gay & trans hate crimes

The final report of the parliamentary inquiry into historical gay and transgender hate crimes in NSW, which recommends the establishment of a judicial inquiry into unsolved murders, has been welcomed by the state’s leading LGBTQ health organisation, ACON. ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said a judicial inquiry will shed further light on a dark chapter in […]

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Perth locals win as Pride in Sport Awards recognise outstanding achievement

Perth locals win as Pride in Sport Awards recognise outstanding achievement

The Australian Pride in Sport Awards have announced this year’s recipients in a ceremony held this week at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney. Celebrating its fourth year, the Australian Pride in Sport Awards recognise outstanding achievements in LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport. The event has been spearheaded by Pride in Sport, the national not-for-profit sporting inclusion […]

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ACON welcome NSW Government roadmap to ending HIV

ACON welcome NSW Government roadmap to ending HIV

New South Wales leading HIV and LGBTQIA+ health organisation ACON has welcomed an announcement from their state government this week, outlining a five-year HIV strategy. The NSW HIV Strategy 2021-2025 builds on NSW’s world-leading HIV response, which in recent years has seen significant advancements in HIV prevention, testing and treatment. According to data from NSW […]

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Dr Justin Koonin appointed co-chair of international health body

Dr Justin Koonin appointed co-chair of international health body

ACON President Dr Justin Koonin has been appointed co-chair of the international movement for accelerating equitable and sustainable progress towards universal health coverage, UHC2030. Universal health coverage (UHC) means ensuring that all people have access to needed health services (including prevention, promotion, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation) of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring […]

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Say It Out Loud: National domestic & family violence resource launched

Say It Out Loud: National domestic & family violence resource launched

LGBTQ+ people impacted by sexual, domestic and family violence (SDFV) from across Australia will now have access to relevant, culturally appropriate and state-specific information and resources with the national rollout of the digital support hub, Say It Out Loud. Produced by ACON, Australia’s largest sexuality and gender diverse health organisation, Say It Out Loud is […]

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ACON launch project to support LGBTQ+ people with disability

ACON launch project to support LGBTQ+ people with disability

New South Wales health promotion organisation ACON have announced a new project this December 3rd; International Day of People with Disability. ACON’s LGBTQ People with Disability Project is described as a dedicated unit to provide support, advocacy, skills-bulding and visibility to sexuality and gender diverse people with disabilities across Australia. The project is accompanied by […]

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World AIDS Day 2020: Now more than ever

World AIDS Day 2020: Now more than ever

Tuesday 1st December is World AIDS Day, an occasion to raise awareness surrounding HIV/AIDS in 2020, and remember those we’ve lost due to AIDS-related complications. The date has been marked in 1988, and this year the theme is “Now More Than Ever”, tying in with the COVID-19 pandemic the world is facing together. This year, […]

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ACON condemns NSW government’s mandatory HIV testing

ACON condemns NSW government’s mandatory HIV testing

ACON has condemned the introduction of legislation by the NSW Government that will enforce mandatory testing of individuals whose bodily fluids come into contact with frontline workers. On 11 November, the NSW Government introduced the Mandatory Disease Testing Bill (2020) into NSW Parliament. ACON, along with many other expert and qualified stakeholders strongly oppose mandatory […]

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