Who we are
ACON is New South Wales’ leading health promotion organisation specialising in HIV and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health.
Incorporated in 1985 as the AIDS Council of NSW, ACON has been widely recognised as an innovative, successful organisation which has adapted to changes in the HIV epidemic and responded early to emerging health issues among our communities.
ACON has been at the forefront of advocacy around issues relating to HIV and to LGBTI health, drawing on
our close connections to community to identify emerging issues and create dialogue around these issues with policy makers and researchers.
ACON has also worked alongside researchers and partners to build a stronger evidence base around HIV and
gay men’s sexual behaviour and LGBTI health, much of which has subsequently affirmed the issues identified by our communities.
Our mission is to enhance the health and wellbeing of our communities by:
- Ending HIV transmission among gay and other homosexually active men.
- Promoting the health, throughout life, of LGBTI people and people with HIV.
What we do
We promote the health and wellbeing of the LGBTI community and people with HIV. We also provide information and support for people at risk of or affected by HIV, including sex workers, people who use drugs and the family and/or carers of people with HIV.
We run HIV prevention programs for the groups most at risk of HIV transmission - gay men, sex workers and people who inject drugs. For people with HIV, their families and carers, ACON provides a broad range of health promotion and support services. In the area of policy and advocacy, ACON provides advice on issues related to HIV and human rights.
Our work also covers other health issues for our communities such as:
- Sexual health
- Mental health
- Alcohol and other drug use
- Homophobic violence
- Domestic violence
- Community care
- Workplace Equality
Why we do it
The people and communities we serve face the same broad health issues as everyone else. However, mainstream service providers don't always respond adequately to their needs due to a lack of knowledge, understanding or acceptance, especially in regional and rural NSW.
Our communities also have specific health needs that are best met by community-based organisations with specialist knowledge and experience, particularly in relation to HIV, sexual health, discrimination and social isolation.
We meet this dual challenge by providing information and services that support the specific needs of our communities, particularly people with HIV. We also work to close the gap by improving access to mainstream services.
Right across NSW, our team of caring and professional people genuinely understand and value the unique character of our communities and work hard to help build their health and wellbeing.
So what do we hope to achieve by doing all this?
- An end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic locally and globally
- A healthy, resilient and inclusive LGBTI community
- A society that protects and promotes human rights as the foundation for good health
Contact: ACON Reception
Tel: (02) 9206 2000
Free Call: 1800 063 060
Hearing Impaired: (02) 9283 2088