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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

2 spirits

 

Overview

The 2 spirits program embraces a 'whole of community approach' to improve the sexual health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men and sistergirls through education, prevention, health promotion, and community development activities.

The program involves working in consultation with community members to identify appropriate means of addressing sexual health issues in this population. An example of some of the services 2 spirits provide include: printed resources and campaigns; peer education workshops; retreats for gay men, sistergirls, and people living with HIV; and social support groups.

The 2 spirits program also has services directed at the partners, families, and friends of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with HIV, gay men, and sistergirls as well as the wider community. For example, the program holds community forums focusing on HIV/AIDS, sexual health, injecting drug use, discrimination, and sexuality issues to increase knowledge and understanding within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

2 spirits also works in an advocacy role, promoting the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men, sistergirls and people living with HIV.

Contacts

Brisbane
Ph: (07) 3017 1777
Email: indbne@qahc.org.au

Cairns
Ph: (07) 4035 6491
Email: indcns@qahc.org.au

Related publications

Scott M (2013)

Promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men and sistergirl sexual health in Queensland: the 2 Spirits program.

HIV Australia; 11(3): 20-23

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Last updated: 29 November 2013
 
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