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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

ACON Aboriginal project

 

Overview

ACON is a community-based organisation that seeks to promote the health and wellbeing of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people in New South Wales. ACON also seeks to enhance the health and wellbeing of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Among the many services provided by ACON is the ACON Aboriginal project.

The ACON Aboriginal project was developed to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender/sistergirl, HIV positive, engaged in sex work, or who inject drugs through the provision of knowledge, skills, resources, and social networks. The project adopts a holistic approach to health, recognising the importance of emotional, spiritual, social, and mental wellbeing.

The ACON Aboriginal project undertakes a range of activities and services including: working in partnership with Boomalli Aboriginal Artists' Cooperative; community development through performance and creative arts; a peer education program specifically designed to be culturally appropriate for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community; and a positive retreat program whereby Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with HIV/AIDS can engage in culturally appropriate respite, relaxation and recreational activities, social support, and professional support. The project is also involved in community outreach and has an advisory group that consists of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with experience in education, HIV health, sexual and gender diversity, and health promotion.

Contacts

ACON Aboriginal Project
9 Commonwealth Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
PO Box 350
Darlinghurst 1300
Ph: (02) 9206 2000
Email: atsi@acon.org.au

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Last updated: 19 August 2009
 
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