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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

We recognise the intersectional lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTI people and the devastating role colonisation has played in their Communities. It acknowledges the marginalisation and social isolation that comes from being in this intersection.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Project at Thorne Harbour aims to

  • Support and celebrate the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people have made to LGBTI communities
  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who identify as LGBTI,
  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with HIV,
  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait services to be more inclusive of LGBTI people,
  • Support mainstream LGBTI services to be more culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTI people,
  • Provide guidance and support around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inclusion in social, clinical and biomedical research,
  • Create and/or provide guidance and support on events surrounding National NAIDOC Week, National Reconciliation Week and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week among others, and
  • Develop health promotion resources around HIV and sexual health.

The project takes a collaborative approach to the health promotion, cultural safety, LGBTI inclusion and HIV support, and works with a range of key stakeholders, including:

A core component of the role is to help facilitate the organisations commitment to cultural safety through the Reconciliation Action Plan, which is now mowing into its newest phase

The project is heavily involved in community and client

  • Client referrals and engagement,
  • Community engagement,
  • Events, and
  • Training.

To find out more information about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Project at Thorne Harbour email peter.waples-crowe@thorneharbour.org

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