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

Email: tsg@nswcc.org.au

Website: www.supportalk.com.au

Prostate Cancer


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

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (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 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, Shine a Light Cancer Support Group Coordinator |   0417 772 390   |   greg@menshealthservices.com.au
Ross Henderson   |   0421 067 691


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 a 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

Labrys Project

Promoting the health and wellbeing of lesbian, bisexual, queer and same sex attracted women living in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

The labrys is a double-headed axe, which became a symbol of strength and self-sufficiency for the lesbian and feminist movements in the 1970’s. The labrys continues to represent the pride and strength of our communities today.

In 2014 and 2015, ACON and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District partnered to establish the Labrys Project.

The project conducted a community based survey, a series of focus groups, delivered mental health first aid training and developed a resource to explore issues affecting the lives of lesbian, bisexual, queer (LBQ) and same sex attracted women living in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

LBQ and same sex attracted women can face a range of factors that impact their health and wellbeing in unique ways.

Check out the research report here and access the As Women We Can’ resource here