Education and Training

The AIDS Action Council provides of education modules available to community groups, schools and workplaces. We take pride in sharing information that endeavours to create a safe community where there is respect for all people, regardless of HIV status, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Council’s reputation and the demand for comprehensive and engaging education packages is growing.

All sessions are delivered by our skilled and dynamic staff members who bring a wealth of lived and professional experience, local knowledge and academic education to all our training sessions. Our training method is a combination of presentation and discussion incorporating multimedia, written and practical activities. We have a “no wrong question” policy to ensure all participants have an opportunity to fully involve themselves in the session.
Training sessions can be delivered at your centre, workplace, or here at the Council training rooms. To make an enquiry about our education and training modules, please contact us on 02 6257 2855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HIV EDUCATION

Since the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, our understanding of the HIV virus and the ability to treat people living HIV has improved significantly.  Today, although treatments are vastly more effective, it is important to understand people can still be and are impacted by HIV. The Council delivers this easy to understand, interactive and engaging HIV education module designed to encourage and facilitate conversations in order to develop basic HIV knowledge including:

  • What is HIV?
  • How HIV is transmitted?
  • HIV prevention
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Living with HIV

LGBTIQ awareness/inclusivity TRAINING

Organisations are realising that being LGBTIQ inclusive can provide their staff and services users’ with healthier outcomes. It is not uncommon for organisations engaging with LGBTIQ communities to feel like this is new territory. The Council is able to provide this engaging training module in order to help your staff and service users embrace diversity.

We collect data via a pre-session questionnaire we send to all participants prior to delivery. This is a useful tool used to gauge the number of participants, the existing level of LGBTIQ awareness of the group and provides an opportunity for participants to ask anonymous questions, all of which can determined the structure of the sessions, which are typically 1 to 2 hours in duration. 

Topics covered include:

  • The AIDS Action Council – Why is LGBTIQ awareness our business?
  • Understanding Sex, Gender and Sexuality – Language and terminologies
  • Sex, Gender and Sexuality Diversity.
  • LGBTIQ – what does this acronym mean?
  • Why are we here? Stigma, discrimination and LGBTIQ communities
  • Frequently asked questions.

Education sessions can be tailored to meet your organisations needs and the Council works with A Gender Agenda to deliver specialist education on topics including:

  • Understanding Intersectionality
  • Taking a sexual history – for clinicians
  • Working with trans and gender diverse clients

The LGBTIQ Inclusivity/Awareness training is in high demand and whilst it is directly related to our strategic objectives it is essentially an unfunded activity therefore we invite cost recovery for training sessions.

LGBTIQ AGED CARE TRAINING

Is your organisation working to meet the new priorities under the National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy? Our ageing population is arguably the most important transition facing LGBTIQ and wider communities in the coming years.
Whether you are an aged care facility or health care provider, the Council can help you identify changes to policies and provide staff training to assist in making both your workforce and organisation truly inclusive.
This nationally funded program provides a limited number of free one-day workshops aimed at improving and strengthening LGBTI inclusive service delivery for aged care sector workers and organisations providing aged care services.
Individual training can be customised to meet the needs of your organisation and staff teams and be delivered either onsite or at one of our partner agencies.

This module includes:

  • Understanding LGBTI communities
  • Defining the current ageing experience for LGBTI people
  • Social stigma and assumptions
  • Issues for LGBTI seniors
  • Medical considerations
  • Legislation
  • Government policy
  • Inclusive practice

SEX WORKER AWARENESS TRAINING

“SWAT” The AIDS Action Council Sex Worker Outreach Program provides training and health promotion workshops to all sectors of the community, government and non-government organisations, universities and others. Our educators are sex worker advocates and peers who have a wealth of lived experience and a unique educative approach.  SWAT provides education and insights into sex work in ACT and nationally. SWAT training provides participants with a full understanding of sex work as an occupation, trafficking, sex worker mobility and migration, impacts of legislation, law reform and human rights.  This training is ideal for anyone who provides health and welfare services to sex workers and includes detailed information on how engage with sex workers in a positive and respectful way.

Presentations can be tailored to meet the needs or organisations and group and include:

  • The realities and myths of sex work
  • WH&S
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Taking a sexual history – for clinicians
  • Inclusive practice
  • Risk management
  • Impact of stigma and discrimination
  • Sex workers and the law

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EDUCATION REQUESTS

If there are any other topics that you would like the Council to provide training for your organisation, please do not hesitate to ask how we can help meet your needs. For more information about any of the professional education and training modules delivered by the Council, please contact us on 02 6257 2855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you would like information about peer education and training click here.

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