The VITAL Project

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 Although most LGBTIQ Australians live healthy and happy lives, research has demonstrated that a disproportionate number of people in the LGBTIQ community experience poorer mental health outcomes and have higher risk of suicidal behaviours than their peers. Specifically, LGBTIQ populations have a heightened risk of mental health diagnosis, psychological distress, self‐harm, suicide ideation, and suicide attempts. Snapshot of Mental Health and Suicide

Prevention Statistics for LGBTI People, prepared by the National LGBTI Health Alliance, provides an overview of what evidence is currently available on the mental health outcomes of LGBTIQ people in Australia Historically LGBTIQ populations have been relatively invisible in mental health and suicide prevention strategies, policies and frameworks, and thus excluded from project and programmes responses.  

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Encampment Report, 2018

In mid-April of 2018 at Peakgrove Solutions, a beautiful bush site on the Yass River, the AIDS Action Council hosted a weekend camp for a creative and diverse group of young queer, transgender and gender diverse people.

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World AIDS Day at the AIDS Garden of Reflection

 

AIDS Action Council President, Adam Stankeviciusby AIDS action council president, adam stankevicius. 1/12/2018

World AIDS Day is an annual event held on 1 December to raise awareness about people living with HIV and to promote HIV prevention and education. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. World AIDS Day is recognised and observed by millions of people in more than 190 countries around the world as a day to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.

 There were 963 new HIV diagnoses in Australia in 2017. While this is the lowest number of diagnoses since 2010, we still need to focus our efforts on making sure this downward trend continues.

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AGM 2018: recap

On Wednesday 28 November the Council held its Annual General Meeting.  As always this event included the Peter Rowland Memorial Address, the Council’s Awards and the election of the Board.

The Council’s newest Fabulous (Life) Members were our patron John Mackay and passionate supporter and critical friend Danny Ryding.  The President’s Award was given to longtime volunteer Pat McEwan and the Communications Award to Jacob White the driving force behind Yes!Fest and Jules Kim, CEO of Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association. Sue Driscoll was awarded the community award and Dr Mike Seah the David Widdup Award.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Flight Centre Australia CBR!

One of the things we love so much about hosting Fair Day is being able to connect Canberra's LGBTIQ communities with organisations and businesses that share and celebrate their values. Fair Day is about discovering new things, not just for members of the public but for Council staff and volunteers too. We sat down with one of our Supporting Sponsors, Flight Centre, to find out why Fair Day and Canberra's LGBTIQ communities mean so much to them.

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Find out more about PwC, one of our fabulous CBR Fair Day sponsors.

One of the things we love so much about hosting Fair Day is being able to connect Canberra's LGBTIQ communities with organisations and businesses that share and celebrate their values. Fair Day is about discovering new things, not just for members of the public but for Council staff and volunteers too. We asked one of our Major Sponsors, PWC, why Fair Day and Canberra's LGBTIQ communities mean so much to them. Here’s what they said:

It’s easy to say our personal lives shouldn’t affect our work. But in reality, they do. 

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Your choice your control about your information about you - My Health Record

There has been a lot of debate about the privacy impacts of My Health Record. Some people were uncomfortable that it had changed from an “opt in” scheme, where you had to make a decision to participate, to an “opt out” scheme where you participated unless you acted to not participate. Other people were uncomfortable with the level of protection in the law for the information stored in the record. Some people welcomed not having to repeat everything to every health professional and having detailed information readily accessible and under their control. So- is My Health Record good or bad- how do we know?

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