AIDS Action Council at AIDS2016

I was incredibly lucky to be able to attend AIDS2016 in Durban South Africa.  I received partial funding from the council, and funded the remainder myself.

There were more than 15,000 participants from 153 countries around the world.  I feel so humbled and fortunate to be able to participate.  Yes - I saw Charlize Theron, Elton John, Prince Harry and Bill Gates but they were definitely not the most exciting part of being at the AIDS2016 Conference.

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Fair Day at Gorman Arts Centre

The AIDS Action Council is proud to present Fair Day at Gorman Arts Centre. Join us for a fun filled day of markets, fabulous food and entertainment celebrating the diversity of Canberra’s LGBTIQ communities.

Fair Day has been held annually since the first SpringOUT Pride Festival in 1999. 

SpringOUT Pride Festival is Canberra’s queer cultural festival which affirms the pride, joy, dignity and identity of Canberra’s LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) communities through events of celebration. This year Fair Day has been given a new location at Gorman Arts Centre. The Gorman Arts Centre supports a range of innovative and accessible arts and community activities and is within easy walking distance of Civic and Braddon.

Fair Day has been the site of important community research including the Snapshot Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Survey and the Canberra Gay Community Periodic Survey. Fair Day continues to be one of Canberra’s major grassroots community events.

Date Saturday 29 October 2016
Time 11 am to 4 pm
Venue Gorman Arts Centre, easy strolling distance of Braddon and Civic.
Address 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon

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Volunteering with the AIDS Action Council

As a grassroots, peer led, community based organisation we are guided, supported and assisted by our members and volunteers. They provide us with access to community intelligence and cultural knowledge; greater reach; self-generated funds; and efficient data and information collection. Additionally, volunteers join us as peer educators, make up our Board, and are integral to the operation of our counselling service. 

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New Resource : Together for Better

Together for Better is a new online resource that challenges some common assumptions about relationships between HIV + and HIV - Men. With information on disclosure, managing HIV, and prevention this is a great resource for all gay men.

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Peter Rowland: Remembering his HIV treatment legacy, 20 years on

Across the globe, June is pride month, celebrating the LGBTI community.

But recent events, including the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, have thrust issues surrounding homophobia back into the international spotlight.

In Canberra, the month marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of a doctor who dedicated his life to treating and supporting those living with HIV/AIDS.

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Workshops July / Aug 2016

The AIDS Action Council in conjunction with the CBR LGBTIQ Community Consortium have some exceptional events and workshops coming up over the next few months. Financial Tune Up; LGBTIQ Aged Care Awareness Training; PrEP in the Pub; Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Intersex Rights; Renting & Shared Housing and Who is a Parent?. See more details below:

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National Gay Men’s HIV Health Promotion Conference

For small organisations such as our own, conference attendance plays an important part in moving the work of the organisation forward. It is a chance to connect with peers from across the country and across the range of work in our sector. Thirty years on from the beginning of the HIV epidemic , changes in treatments, prevention tools and the complex responses required for reducing HIV transmissions  means that maintaining the partnership of community, researchers, clinicians and government is as important as ever. 

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