COVID-19: We are here for you

We're in this together, and we want you to know we're here for you. If you need to access existing services or would like help finding the right support for you, please contact us.

Call us: 02 6257 2855 or 0429 963 992

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From Monday 30 March, we’ll be modifying how we deliver services to our communities. To help keep you, our staff team, other clients and the wider community safe we will be temporarily closing our office at Havelock House. We will be available to meet with you by appointment. These measures will be reviewed regularly but will remain in place until further notice. 

We are contactable by phone and email for all enquires including Needle and Syringe Program equipment, safe sex products, information and resources.

HIV Care and Support

If you’d like to speak with a member of our Client Service team please call 02 6257 2855 or 0438 623 101. Information on COVID-19 and HIV can be found using the links below.

Counselling 

We’re delivering our counselling services online and by phone. If you’d like to speak with a member of our counselling team please contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0412 882 855 . Find out more about Westlund Counselling by visiting the website www.westlund.org.au

Sex Worker Outreach Program (SWOP ACT)

Please contact the SWOP team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0427 475 671.

Sexual Health Testing

Canberra Health Services is currently reducing non-essential, non-urgent activity across all its services in efforts to relieve pressure on the health system and to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Canberra Sexual Health Centre is now appointment only. CSHC is not able to run a walk-in service at this time and can provide urgent/ essential care only.  Please see your GP for non-urgent and non-essential sexual health care.

To make an appointment with CSHC, please call 5124 2184. You will be asked for your details, and connected with a clinician first.  

Please do not go to Canberra Sexual Health Clinic if;

- you have returned from overseas in the last 14 days 

- you have a fever, cough, sore throat, cold, flu or diarrhoea

- you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

People who are concerned about COVID-19and want further information on the virus can also call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Additional resources for people living with hiv, and members of the LGBTIQ community
 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES for people living and working in canberra
Additional resources for people injecting drugs 

The International Network of People Who Use Drugs website includes a hub for resources, guidelines, information and news for people who use drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES provided by the australian government
 
Take care of yourselves and take care of each other. 
 

We're closed for the Festive Season

 

The AIDS Action Council is closed from Friday 20 December 2019 and will reopen on Monday 6 January 2020. We thank you for your support in 2019, and wish you a safe and joyful time until we meet again. 

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Queer Minds - up coming meeting

 

Organisers of the Queer Minds Group have reached out to AIDS Action Council to help organise a reunion of former members, and engage with potential new members to gauge the future potential of this group. AIDS Action Council invites former members, and those interested in finding out more about Queer Minds to a meet up on 27 November between 6 – 7pm at PRIDE HUB Canberra.

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A new name for a new era

The AIDS Action Council is changing names. As we move forward, we’ll be called Meridian Incorporated. We made this important decision collectively at our annual general meeting (AGM) on 20 November, with an overwhelming majority of 48 to three members voting in favour of the new name.

The decision comes on the back of a great deal of consideration and consultation. We listened to members, volunteers, staff, and stakeholders. While AIDS Councils across Australia are trusted institutions, our evolution as a community-controlled organisation has seen us outgrow our identity.

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Clean: a work in progress showing

BY DAVID ATFIELD, PRESENTED BY THE STREET THEATRE. A WORK IN PROGRESS SHOWING IN HONOUR OF WORLD AIDS DAY.  

“ I admire the virus, you know. It’s part of me – my companion – so I can’t hate it. Otherwise I’d have to hate myself. I’m not sure if I’d know myself without it.”

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World AIDS Day 2019

World AIDS Day 2019: Every Journey Counts

 

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. This day raises awareness across the world and in our communities about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for the community to show their support for people living with HIV and AIDS related conditions. You can show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.

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Capitalof Equality First Action Plan

Canberra is Australia’s Capital of Equality. The first action plan under the Capital of Equality Strategy sets out how Canberra will continue to grow as Australia’s most LGBTIQ+ welcoming and inclusive city.

The action plan explains the changes that the government wants to make to improve the lives of LGBTIQ+ Canberrans. The government plans to do the things in this action plan before the end of 2020. Two further action plans will build on this work.

Read the action plan now to learn more about how the government is supporting and strengthening LGBTIQ+ Canberrans. To find out more go to: act.gov.au/lgbtiq

 

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AIDS Action Council acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

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