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.
The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) 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.
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.
The AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) is a New South Wales based health promotion organisation specialising in HIV prevention, HIV support and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health.
Established in 1985 as the AIDS Council of NSW, ACON is here to end HIV transmission among gay and homosexually active men, and promote the lifelong health of LGBTI people and people living with HIV.
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.
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.
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.
Queensland Council for LGBTI Health – QC (formerly QuAC/The Queensland AIDS Council)
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.
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.
The Western Australian AIDS Council (WAAC) is a non-government organisation committed to the HIV response in Western Australia. Established in 1985, the Council leads the Western Australian community in the provision of a wide range of services in the prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses, and the treatment and care of people living with HIV and AIDS.
The Council provides counselling, wellness, referral, general and financial assistance to people living with HIV; needle and syringe exchange programs; professional training and development for health sector workers and a range of support and prevention education services to target audiences at risk of HIV, sexually transmitted infections and blood borne virus transmissions.
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.
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.
Meridian (formerly the AIDS Action Council of the ACT)
Meridian’s mission is to work with individuals, communities and partner organisations to: virtually eliminate new HIV transmissions by 2020; provide support for individuals and families living with and impacted by HIV; and build a strong and safe community that is free of discrimination, marginalisation and stigma.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.