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PrEP Community Forum and Discussion


We invite everyone to attend one of our PrEP community forum and discussions, to discuss the impact of PrEP on HIV prevention and accessing PrEP through the recently announced EPIC NSW Study.

PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis is an antiretroviral treatment taken by HIV negative people at high risk of HIV transmission to prevent HIV infection.

Please come along to this FREE event and find out the latest information on the EPIC NSW Study, Australia’s first large scale trial of PrEP.

The panel discussion will include a local HIV specialist, HIV educators and PrEP users. Light refreshments will be provided.

    When: Monday 5 September, 6pm for a 6:30pm start
    Where: Port Macquarie Library, 32 Grant Street, Port Macquarie
    By 2/9/16 – Click here
    For more information contact Samara on 02 4962 7700


    Wednesday September 14, 6pm for a 6:30pm start
    The Coast Hotel 2 Moonee St, Coffs Harbour
    By 12/9/16 – Click here
    For more information contact Anabelle on 0409 680 836


For more information about PrEP, visit the Ending HIV website here

Party Playgrounds Forum


This FREE community forum will cover the main changes in drug use in Sydney over the last 10 years and what these have meant for the LGBT community.

It will explore why drug use patterns have changed and whether there are likely to be further changes, whilst exploring issues relating to sex, relationships and health.

Featuring International guest speaker, ‘The London Experience’:
Dr Adam Bourne (BSc PhD) Assistant Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Panel Members:

  • Dr Nadine Ezard, Clinical Director Alcohol and Drug Service, St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Associate Prof. Garrett Prestage, HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program, The Kirby Institute
  • Dr Toby Lea, Research Fellow, Centre for Social Research in Health, University of New South Wales
  • Associate Professor Kane Race, Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney


When: Thursday 27 October | 7pm – 9pm
Where: The Imperial Hotel, 35 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville 2043
RSVP: Click here

For more information, please contact Raquel Lowe | | 02 9206 2067

LGBTI Inclusion Workshop – Griffith


How inclusive are your services? Are you able to offer a safe and inclusive environment to your lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) clients and staff?

We’re offering a special half day LGBTI inclusion workshop in Griffith for local service providers.

Presented by Teddy Cook from ACON, NSW’s leading HIV prevention and LGBTI health organisation.

Light refreshments provided.

To arrange an invoice, please contact Teddy on

When: Tuesday 11 October | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: $50 per person
RSVP: | 0419 848 417

LGBTI Aged Care Training – Illawarra


A free, essential and relevant one day training course for all workers in the aged care sector across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven to help promote a better understanding of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, and provide staff with more confidence to deliver an inclusive, best practice service.

We are widely acknowledged as a key partner in regional LGBTI health issues and continue to work, in partnership with regional partners, on the priority LGBTI health areas of sexual and mental health, ageing, community safety, domestic violence, inclusion, smoking and alcohol and other drugs.

This national aged care sector training initiative, funded by the Australian Government, is presented by ACON with support from the Illawarra Forum.

Places are limited and will fill up quickly so RSVP without delay and by Wednesday 23 November.

Representatives from a diversity of aged care organisations will be prioritised.

When: Tuesday 29 November | 9:15am for a 9:30am start – 4:30pm
Where: Laurel Room, Dapto Ribbonwood 93-109 Princes Hwy, Dapto
RSVP: Click here

For more information, please contact Ryan Jackson  |  |  02 9206 2140

Adult Themes – Griffith


Do you live in or near Griffith and consider yourself lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex.

Interested in learning more about pleasure, sex and risk?

Adult Themes is a 3 hour, peer-facilitated workshop that covers sexual health, sexual ethics and everything about ACON.

When: Wednesday 12 October, 5:30pm – 8.30pm, light refreshments provided
Where: Location will be given upon registration

To find out more or to register, contact
Teddy Cook | | 02 9206 2114

LGBTI 55+ Shared Luncheon


ACON’s LOVE Project and Inner West Council invites you to a FREE social event for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people 55 plus to explore healthy ageing and wellbeing.

Hosted by the fabulous Aunty Mavis. Come and share a healthy lunch. Make some new friends and have fun. Health professionals will be demonstrating activities that promote healthy ageing.

Bookings / RSVPs essential, please RSVP HERE before 26 October 2016.

The event is hosted by ACON’s LOVE Project (Living Older Visibly and Engaged). The LOVE Project aims to empower LGBTI seniors to lead healthly, active and social lives. This project is funded by NSW Family and Community Services.


When: Saturday 29 October, 10:30am for an 11am start til 2pm
Where: Petersham Town Hall, 107 Crystal St Petersham
RSVP: Essential before Wednesday 26 October
Book: Click here

To find out more or to register, contact
Russ Gluyas | | 02 9206 2017


November Bingay


Be there or be square!

Dust off your leg warmers, break out your acid-wash jeans, squeeze back into those muscle shirts and tease up your hair because we are turning back the clock for a night that will be totally radical!

Join our bangin’ hostess Charisma Belle and the gnarly barrel-babe Naomi Palmer as we flashback to a decade we’ll never forget!

Prizes for the most bitchin’ attire so rock on your 80’s threads and get into the groove!

Don’t miss out so bust a move and book your tickets today!


When: Thursday 10 November, 7pm – 10pm
Where: The Shift, 85 Oxford St. Darlinghurst
Tickets: $20 All games, all night!
Bookings: Click here


December Bingay


Join us for our annual over the top Christmas Bingay.


  • Extra special prizes
  • Heaps of party food
  • Special drag numbers
  • Decor galore
  • Mitzi’s egg nog recipe
  • Gift wrapping service

AND every winner receives a special Santa Bubble Gun!

When: Thursday 8 December, 7pm – 10pm
Where: The Shift, 85 Oxford St. Darlinghurst
Tickets: $30 All games, all night!
Bookings: Click here


About Bingay


Bingay is gay bingo which means there’s classic disco tunes, weird rules and penalties, outrageous antics, hilarious repartee, deliciously lewd bingo calls, and prizes that range from the silly and camp to great theatre tickets and restaurant vouchers.

Bingay hostess Charisma Belle oversees the madcap proceedings and Bingay’s long time barrel babe Naomi Palmer spins the balls and sings up a storm.

Bingay takes over the upstairs bar of The Shift in Darlinghurst on the second Thursday of every month, with each monthly event having a fabulously flamboyant theme.

Bingay’s balls first dropped in 1999, making it one of Sydney’s longest running LGBTI community events + it raises money for our HIV and LGBTI health services.

So whether you’re a regular or a novice, or a local or visitor to Sydney, if you’re up for a wonderfully camp mid-week entertainment experience, then you can’t go wrong with Bingay. Retro disco bingo in Darlo – what’s not to love!

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World AIDS Day & Red Ribbon Appeal


World AIDS Day (Dec 1) provides us with a valuable opportunity to educate people about how we can end HIV transmission in NSW by 2020 as well as raise money for programs and services that are vital to ending HIV.

Recent advances in HIV treatments and testing technologies mean we can now end the HIV epidemic here in Australia by getting people to test more, treat early and stay safe. The Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal raises money for community-based initiatives that aim to eliminate the transmission of HIV in NSW by 2020.

The Ending HIV Red Ribbon Street Appeal takes place across NSW on 30 November and 1 December (World AIDS Day).

Volunteer – You Can Help Make HIV History

Want to help make a difference that will last forever? By volunteering for the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal, you can help eliminate HIV transmission in NSW.
We’re currently recruiting volunteers to help out with the annual Red Ribbon Street Appeal in the lead up to and on World AIDS Day (Dec 1).

Volunteers are needed in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Lismore, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour to sell ribbons and collect donations at selected locations.

Sell Red Ribbons
You can volunteer to sell ribbons on the street, you can bulk order ribbons and sell them to family and friends, or you can order a countertop box and sell ribbons to your customers or colleagues.

Buy Red Ribbons or Make a Donation
You can buy red ribbons online, on the street, or in participating shops and businesses. Or you can make a cash donation online.