Thorne Harbour Health was formed in 1983 (initially as the Victorian AIDS Action Committee and later the Victorian AIDS Council) as a central part of the Victorian community response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Thorne Harbour Health continues to lead the response by providing a range of services which include prevention education, treatment and care of PLHIV and counselling services. We continue to evolve in response to the epidemic with robust business systems and an ever-changing strategic response and continuing dedication to our vision and service philosophy. This evolution has come to include a broadening of our portfolio to serve the health needs of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) communities to ensure all gender, sex, and sexually diverse individuals are treated with dignity and can participate fully in society.
From the beginning we have used a social model of health which is aligned with the Ottawa Charter which determines that all people have the right to increase control over and improve their health. This model has required interaction and interdependence with many affected individuals and communities where our response to a continually changing epidemic has always been seen as a collective responsibility. A consequence of this is that care and support, health promotion and the prevention of the spread of HIV is integral to our work and requires community input and participation.