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AIDS Council of NSW (ACON) - Hunter Branch

Who we are

ACON is NSW's and Australia's largest community-based gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) health and HIV/AIDS organisation.

Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of the GLBT community and people with HIV, and reduce HIV transmission.

Most of our funding comes from the NSW Government but it doesn't cover all of our work. Our other work is financed by grants from the public and private sectors, fundraising activities and donations.

What we do

We promote the health and wellbeing of the GLBT community and people with HIV. We also provide information and support for people at risk of or affected by HIV, including sex workers, people who use drugs and the family and/or carers of people with HIV.

We run HIV prevention programs for the groups most at risk of HIV transmission - gay men, sex workers and people who inject drugs. For people with HIV, their families and carers, ACON provides a broad range of health promotion and support services. In the area of policy and advocacy, ACON provides advice on issues related to HIV and human rights.

Our work also covers other health issues for our communities such as:

  • Sexual health
  • Mental health
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Ageing
  • Homophobic violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Counselling
  • Community care
  • Housing
  • Workplace Equality

Why we do it

The people and communities we serve face the same broad health issues as everyone else. However, mainstream service providers don't always respond adequately to their needs due to a lack of knowledge, understanding or acceptance, especially in regional and rural NSW.

Our communities also have specific health needs that are best met by community-based organisations with specialist knowledge and experience, particularly in relation to HIV, sexual health, discrimination and social isolation.

We meet this dual challenge by providing information and services that support the specific needs of our communities, particularly people with HIV. We also work to close the gap by improving access to mainstream services.

Right across NSW, our team of caring and professional people genuinely understand and value the unique character of our communities and work hard to help build their health and wellbeing.

So what do we hope to achieve by doing all this?

  • An end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic locally and globally
  • A healthy, resilient and inclusive GLBT community
  • A society that protects and promotes human rights as the foundation for good health

Contacts

Phone number: 02 4962 7700

Location

129 Maitland Road Islington NSW 2296