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LGBTI Health

Thorne Harbour Country

Thorne Harbour Country provides support, counselling, rapid HIV testing, resources and information around LGBTI wellbeing, HIV, Hepatitis C and sexual health across the Loddon Mallee. Operating out of the Community Hub, Thorne Harbour Country provides a safe place for the LGBTI community to connect and access information resources and referral services.

HIV Positive Services

Financial (David Williams Fund)

The David Williams Fund (DWF) was established in 1986 to provide emergency financial assistance to people living with HIV (PLHIV) who are experiencing financial hardship. The fund relies upon donations.Services include:Financial advice and referralFood vouchersStudy assistMoney Matter WorkshopsEmergency financial assistanceNo interest loans (NILS)Poverty affects a substantial number of PLHIV, and demand for assistance regularly outstrips the funding available. Each year, the DWF distributes over $100,000 to PLHIV in Victoria. The fund is totally reliant upon the sale of red ribbons as well as various community fundraisers, such as the annual Northside Bizarre hosted by the Laird Hotel.The DWF is further supported by a generous sponsorship from M·A·C Cosmetics to ensure adequate levels of funding are available.

HIV Positive Services

Housing Plus

Housing Plus (formerly known as AHAG) provides the following services for people living with HIV:Case managementWork with you to identify your housing optionsAssist with applications for permanent housing, including letters of support and other helpful documentsAdvocate on your behalf with a housing organisationSupport you in accessing transitional housingSupport you once you have got housing, including during rental or lease reviewsProvide assistance and support when you move house.Contact Us:Housing Plus is run from the Positive Living Centre in South Yarra.For more information, contact:Positive Living Centre51 Commercial RoadSouth Yarra, Victoria 3141Phone: 03 9863 0419Email: housing@thorneharbour.orgPlease note: Housing Plus is not a crisis service, if you are experiencing homelessness please call the FREE 24-hour helpline on 1800 825 955.

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Well, Well, Well (JOY 94.9)

For over 600 episodes, Well, Well, Well has been broadcasting on JOY 94.9 - Australia's out and proud community radio station.

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28 Mar 2018

VAC Newsletter - Autumn 2018

From PrEP to pool parties, Mooning to meningococcal — the latest edition of the VAC newsletter has heaps of photos, recaps, and updates on the latest goings on around VAC and the LGBTI communities we serve. Be sure to check out the Community Calendar on the back page.A special thanks to our growing army of volunteer Content Creators who have written some great articles for this edition. Be sure to have a read of what they've created.Download the online version here!Photo: VAC Queer Party by Mel Butters

22 Dec 2017

VAC Newsletter - Summer 2017/2018

This issue of the VAC newsletter includes a recap of World AIDS Day 2017, the VAC Annual General Meeting, the recent outbreak of Meningococcal in Melbourne, community partnerships across Victoria, the summer events calendar, and the LGBTI people seeking asylum in Australia.

20 Nov 2017

2017 VAC Annual General Meeting

During this year's Annual General Meeting, Life Membership was awarded to:Emeritus Professor Anne Mitchell AO - for her extensive work in community development and as an adult educator with over twenty years of experience in the field of sexual health.Brian Price - for his leadership in the establishment of service models that are vital for people living with HIV and those at high risk of HIV infection.Associate Professor Ruth McNair - for her work as a clinician and researcher in lesbian and bisexual women’s mental health, sexual health, and cultural issues related to alcohol and smoking in LGBTI communities.In addition, we presented the following awards:President's Award: Human Rights Law Centre -The passionate staff of the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) work tirelessly to end LGBTI discrimination in the law and to protect and promote the rights of LGBTI people.Greig Friday Young Leader Award: Margot Fink - As one of the first members of our Trans and Gender Diverse Advisory Group, Margot provided key advice in establishing Equinox. She was also the former Head of Gender Diverse Projects for Minus18 and their communications coordinator when they were under attack by media scrutinising the Safe Schools program.Media Award: James Hancock - At the ABC, James has given voice to some of the marginalised communities we work with and raised the profile of critical gaps in LGBTI service provision and healthcare.Special Service Award: Associate Professor Edwina Wright - As an infectious diseases physician and clinical researcher at the Alfred Hospital and the Burnet Institute, Edwina has a strong interest in HIV-associated neurological disorders, and she is leading the PrEPX demonstration project.Special Service Award: Dean Arcuri - Radio presenter, photographer, journalist, performer — Dean wears several hats in our community and with a large portion of his work being on a volunteer basis, his tireless efforts have made our community a richer one.Special Service Award: Dimitri Christou - Initially volunteering in HIV peer support, Dimitri has engaged with almost every aspect of our volunteer program. With lived experience and a thorough understanding of HIV, he has turned his attention to HIV prevention roles.Special Service Award: Kelly McGowan - Since 2013, Kelly has provided invaluable support for World AIDS Day ribbons each year. Kelly and her team have produced over 30,000 red ribbons, nearly one year’s stock!We also released our 2016/2017 Annual Report featuring a collection of portraits featuring community members with 'if' statements that reflect on the discrimination and stigma faced by LGBTI people and PLHIV around the globe. You can check out the latest issue and previous annual reports here.

29 Jun 2017

PLC Newsletter - Winter 2017

Winter has well and truly arrived here in Melbourne, but we're not slowing down activity!Take a look at the latest edition of the VAC Positive Living Centre (PLC) Newsletter, which is full of stories about what's been happening at the PLC and what's coming up.Make sure you also take a look at the calendar of upcoming events—there's a lot happening!

5 Jan 2017

PLC Newsletter — Summer 2016/17

We're just a few days into 2017but it's already shaping up to be another big year.Take a look at the latest edition of the VAC Positive Living Centre (PLC) Newsletter, which is full of stories about what's been happening at the PLC and what's coming up.Make sure you also take a look at the calendar of upcoming events—there's a lot happening!

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