Other Health Issues

Men’s Health

Anal Cancer


Support for gay and bisexual men with anal cancer

Living a diagnosis of anal cancer can be overwhelming. Sometimes you just want to talk to others who can relate to your situation.

That’s why Cancer Council has a confidential telephone support group for men who have sex with men, who are living with this diagnosis. It’s a safe place to talk with others going through a similar experience.

The group runs once per week for six weeks and you’ll be meeting with the same guys over that period. The group is led by two qualified facilitators and starts in April 2016.

All you need is a telephone, an hour a week for six weeks and a quiet space.

Contact us to register or find out more.

Phone: 1300 755 632



Prostate Cancer


The Shine a Light program is for gay/bi men diagnosed with prostate cancer, those having treatment for prostate cancer and those men who are survivors of prostate cancer and partners of men in these three groups.

PCFA has funded the development of the Shine a Light program with support from ACON and other stakeholders. A key part of the program is the Shine a Light Prostate Cancer Support Group who meet on the first Saturday of the month at ACON’s Sydney Office from 1pm – 4pm.

For more info contact Greg Millan the Shine a Light and the Support Group Coordinator.
P: 0417 772 390


Women’s Health

Breast Cancer: #Talk Touch Test


We know that lesbian, bisexual, queer (LBQ) and other same-sex attracted women, as well as trans women and men, intersex people, and gender diverse people of all sexualities tend to have lower screening rates for cancer.

Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in Australia and about 43 people will be diagnosed every day in Australia.

#TalkTouchTest is an ongoing breast health campaign for all LBQ women and for our broader LGBTI communities to increase awareness and encourage us to:

#Talk about breast and chest health with our community: start a conversation with our partners and families, our workmates and teammates and lovers and friends.

#Touch to get to know your body (or someone else’s!) and make breast checks and breast health a lifelong habit.

#Test by getting free mammograms (via BreastScreen NSW or through your GP) if you’re over 40, and if you’re between 50-74, get a mammogram every two years.

View the project HERE.

Tobacco Reduction: #Smoke Free Still Fierce


Lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women and smoking

You’ve seen the ads, read the warning labels; most smokers know that smoking is bad for their health. Despite this, LBQ women smoke at more than twice the rate of heterosexual women even though 70% of all LBQ women who smoke say they want to reduce or quit.

If you’re a smoker, you also know that tobacco smoking can be a complex, love/hate relationship enmeshed with identity, mental health and social connections.  Quitting isn’t easy for everyone, but it is possible to break-free from tobacco.

With the support of the NSW Cancer Institute, we’ve produced a #Smoke Free Still Fierce, eductaion campaign designed to help LBQ women smokers to reduce or quit their use of tobacco.

Watch stories from women in the community who stopped smoking, download PDF’s with handy hints and quick tips to quit and tell us how else you would like ACON to help you on your journey to quit smoking.

So if you want to flip the script on LBQ women’s smoking and break-up with tobacco, ACON is here to help you get connected, get creative and get inspired.

Find out more out more about #Smoke Free Still Fierce

ACON 2013-2018 Smoking Health Outcome Strategy