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Emen8 is a new national sexual health initiative. We are part of a group of organisations in every Australian State and Territory that work to improve the health and wellbeing of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, including people living with HIV, as well as their friends, family and carers. Find out more about each organisation below.

Australia-wide – ASHM

The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) is a peak organisation of health professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work across HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections. It supports its members, sector partners and collaborators to generate knowledge and action in: clinical management; and research, education, policy and advocacy, in Australasia and internationally.

Australia-wide – ATSIHIV

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV (ATSIHIV) organisation is the go-to resource on HIV for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and community services across Australia. It provides accessible information on HIV to help get our community up to speed on understanding the basics of HIV – on transmission, on safe sex and on safe injecting. It explains recent developments in HIV prevention and treatment, and the importance of fighting the shame and stigma associated with HIV and STIs.

Health Equity Matters

Australia-wide – Health Equity Matters

Health Equity Matters is the national federation for the HIV community response. It provides leadership, coordination and support to Australia’s policy, advocacy and health promotion response to HIV/AIDS.

Australia-wide – NAPWHA

Founded in 1989, The National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) is Australia’s peak non-government organisation representing community-based groups of people living with HIV. NAPWHA’s membership of national networks and state-based organisations reflects the diverse make-up of the HIV-positive community and enables NAPWHA to confidently represent the positive voice in Australia.

Australia-wide – PAN

PrEPaccessNOW Inc (PAN) is a not-for-profit incorporated association that aims to lead the way in Australia and the world in contributing to the end of HIV by improving access to PrEP for those who need it. PAN operates a purchase assistance scheme offering free PrEP to people with financial hardship who could not otherwise afford it.

Australia-wide – PrEP’D For Change

PrEP’D For Change is a national community group dedicated to sharing information, opinions and media about a game changing HIV prevention strategy in Australia known as PrEP. The administrators of the group are passionate about reducing the stigma and discrimination attached to HIV, and believe PrEP is a powerful tool that will aid in the elimination of HIV transmission in Australia. All members of PrEP’D For Change have the opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts or experiences of PrEP with others around the country.

Canberra & ACT – Meridian

Meridian (formerly AIDS Action Council) is a peer-led, community-controlled organisation taking action to improve the health and wellbeing of people impacted by HIV and LGBTIQ+ people, and create safe and inclusive communities in Canberra and the ACT surrounding regions. Meridian provides sexual health education and prevention, targeted health promotion activities, community events, education, and training. Meridian Wellbeing Services provide low and no cost counselling and mental health support including psychologists, counsellors, and peer-led support services.


New South Wales – ACON

ACON is Australia’s largest health promotion organisation specialising in community health, inclusion and HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders. Established in 1985, ACON works to create opportunities for people in our communities to live their healthiest lives.

New South Wales – Positive Life NSW

Positive Life New South Wales works to promote a positive image of people living with and affected by HIV with the aim of eliminating prejudice, isolation, stigma and discrimination. It provides information and targeted referrals, and advocates to change systems and practices that discriminate against people living with HIV, and their friends, family and carers in NSW.

Northern Territory – NTAHC

The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) is the key non-government organisation working in the area of blood borne viruses, education and support in the Northern Territory. It is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all Territorians living with blood borne viruses. Its service delivery operates from a holistic approach in accordance with the objects of the Ottawa Charter (1986), and is guided by key national and Northern Territory policies and legislation.

Queensland – QPP

Queensland Positive People (QPP) is a peer-based advocacy organisation which is committed to actively promoting self-determination and empowerment for all people living with HIV (PLHIV) throughout Queensland.

Queensland – Queensland Council for LGBTI Health – QC

The Queensland Council for LGBTI Health – QC was formed in 1984 by a group of largely gay men in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Queensland. From that time the Queensland AIDS Council grew to deliver HIV prevention programs, client services for people with HIV, peer support through Queensland Positive People and provides a strong voice for HIV and gay issues.

Formerly know as QuAC/The Queensland AIDS Council

South Australia – Positive Life South Australia

Positive Life South Australia Inc. evolved out of a series of community meetings held by HIV positive community members and was incorporated on 26 April 1995. The organisation thus became an independent voice for HIV positive people in South Australia to ensure that their lived experiences directed the provision of effective health and wellbeing support services and activities.

South Australia – SAMESH

The South Australian Mobilisation and Empowerment for Sexual Health (SAMESH) organisation was created in 2015 as part of a joint initiative between lead agency, ShineSA and the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC). Its innovative approach to service delivery answers a need within South Australia for community based support for education, training and advocacy of sexual health and HIV.

Tasmania – tasCAHRD

The Tasmanian Council for AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases (tasCAHRD), while working in partnership with all communities towards elimination of Blood Borne Viruses, related stigma and discrimination in Tasmania, also provides services that promote the health and wellbeing of people living with, affected by or at risk of HIV and Hepatitis.

Victoria – Living Positive Victoria

In response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Living Positive Victoria was created as a safe place to provide support and advocate for those living with virus. The demand for services increased over the years and the organisation has now grown to a team of 16 individuals. The organisation provides workshops, peer-support and activities that increase the mental, emotional and social wellbeing of those living with, or affected by HIV. Living Positive Victoria also works closely in partnership with a range of HIV-sector and other organisations to deliver a comprehensive and coordinated response to the needs of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Victoria, nationally and internationally.

Victoria – Thorne Harbour Health

Thorne Harbour Health was formed in 1983 (originally as the Victorian AIDS Action Committee, later to become 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 people living with HIV (PLHIV) and counselling services. Thorne Harbour Health continues to evolve in response to the epidemic with robust business systems and an ever-changing strategic response and continuing dedication to its vision and service philosophy.

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Western Australia – WAAC

WAAC (pronounced like ‘whack’) is a non-profit organisation with a vision for a world of positive healthy people in inclusive, connected communities. Established in 1985, WAAC’s purpose is to optimise the health and wellbeing of all, through reducing the impact of stigma and discrimination, improving access to health services and information and reducing transmission of HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs).

WAAC provides a broad range of sexual health and support services, including counselling and support for people living with HIV, testing and sexual health services for LGBTQIA+ people, peer mentoring, education and training, social support for LGBTQIA+ young people, harm reduction services for people who inject drugs, resources and much more.