Aboriginal People

We’re here to help improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, sistergirl/transgender or living with HIV.

Our Work With Aboriginal People

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We’re here to help improve the sexual health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, sistergirl/transgender or living with HIV. We do this by providing culturally sensitive HIV and sexual health education, including:

  • HIV and STI education campaigns targeting Aboriginal people including our Aboriginal gay men’s HIV testing campaign
  • Arts-based community development activities in partnership with Aboriginal Community organisations
  • Outreach at selected community events such as NAIDOC Week events
  • Partnership activities with Aboriginal health organisation such as the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW
  • Support for NSW Aboriginal Sexual Health Workers

For more information, please contact us: jwimbis@acon.org.au | (02) 9206 2024 | Facebook:www.facebook.com/AboriginalProjectACON

 

ACON Reconciliation Action Plan 2018 Artwork Competition

ACON Health Ltd Reconciliation Action Plan Artwork Competition

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. Over the past 12 months, ACON has drafted a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which is awaiting approval by Reconciliation Australia.

ACON invites Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists currently living in NSW to enter their work for consideration for our first Reconciliation Action Plan, which will be published in print and online. ACON will select one artist’s work, which will be used on the cover of and throughout the document. Works by artists with LGBTIQ identity or experience and/or who are HIV positive will be given priority.

ACON will award a prize of $2000 to the selected artist.

  • Visual artworks in any medium are eligible (digital, mixed-media, photographic, paint, sculptural)
  • 3 dimensional / sculptural work is welcome if the artist is happy for it to appear as 2 dimensional photographic imagery
  • Artists are welcome to make multiple submissions if they would like us to consider more than one of their work

Artists must agree to the Terms and Conditions of the competition before submitting their entry.

If you have any questions about the Terms and Conditions listed above you can contact Arts Law, who have a free legal service for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists.  Artists can submit your query to Arts Law on their website here: https://www.artslaw.com.au/services/legal-query-form/ or by phone on 02 9356 2566.

The deadline for submitting artwork is Friday, 27 July 2018

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Community Outreach

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We get out and about as much as possible to relevant community events, especially those where we can have contact with gay men, sistergirls and people with HIV. We aim wherever possible to partner with Aboriginal community organisations to do this. Our community outreach activities include:

  • Gadigal Information Service’s Mardi Gras season Klub Koori
  • Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative’s Mardi Gras season show
  • World AIDS Day events at the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern

If you have an idea for outreach or would like to volunteer to help, please contact us:jwimbis@acon.org.au | (02) 9206 2024

Performance and Creative Arts

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First Australians and Mardi Gras

Each year we help organise the First Nations float in the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Participants gather at two community meetings to work together to design the parade entry, developing new skills and creating activities the whole community can enjoy.

This culminates in the Mardi Gras Parade, raising awareness and visibility of sexual and gender diversity in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Planning for the performance and creative arts program begins in October. For more information or to get involved, please contact us: jwimbis@acon.org.au | (02) 9206 2024

Creative Arts Workshops

From time to time we also offer activities such as music or photography as a way for community members to express themselves, tell stories, learn new skills, meet new people and celebrate culture.

If you have any suggestions for activities, or would like to register your interest, please contact us:jwimbis@acon.org.au | (02) 9206 2024

Ngalawi Djardi ‘Sit and Yarn’ Health Retreat

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This annual health retreat aims to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with HIV by providing:

  • Culturally appropriate respite and relaxation
  • An opportunity to connect and share stories with other HIV positive people
  • Opportunities to share culture, art and good yarns
  • Access to professional workers, information and support services

The name, Ngalawi Djardi means ‘sit and yarn’ in Dharug language. The retreat is facilitated by Aboriginal workers with non-Indigenous support staff. The purpose of the retreat is to connect and share support with others who have similar experiences. Quiet rest and relaxation time is also incorporated into the program.

Our retreats are held in simple motel-style accommodation with private rooms in a peaceful location just outside Sydney. All transport from ACON, accommodation and meals are provided.

Each participant is welcome to bring a support person (partner, friend or family member). The support person need not be Aboriginal or living with HIV.

The retreat is particularly valuable for those living in rural and regional areas of NSW who may not have regular access to HIV support services in their area. People who need assistance with transport to Sydney are encouraged to talk to us as soon as possible so that we can assist you to seek travel assistance.

All aspects of the retreat are conducted in strict confidentiality and the privacy of all participants is respected.

Ngalawi Djardi retreats are generally held in October/November each year. Interested people must contact us by 13 October at the details below so that we can assist you with your application.

For more information or to get involved, please contact us: jwimbis@acon.org.au | (02) 9206 2024

Stay in Touch

We communicate regularly with the community via our Facebook page. Please like our page to stay in touch with all our events and news about our services.

For more information, you can also contact us via jwimbis@acon.org.au or (02) 9206 2024

 

General Support & Services

HIV Prevention

We’re here to help end HIV transmission among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, sistergirl or transgender. To find out more please visit our HIV Prevention section.

HIV Support

We’re here to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with HIV take control of their health by providing up-to-date information as well as a range of programs and services. To find out more please visit our HIV Support section.

Sexual Health and Cervical Screening

Our sexual health programs for gay and bisexual men are inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who have sex with men.  To find out more please visit our Sexual Health section.

Our sexual health programs for lesbian, bisexual and queer women are inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have sex with women.  To find out more please visit our Sexual Health section.

We offer cervical screening programs for Aboriginal lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. To find out more please visit our Sexual Health section.

Aboriginal people who identify as heterosexual are encouraged to contact their local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service or their local sexual health centre  for information about sexual health.

Mental Health

We provide a range of counselling  and community care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including those with HIV or who use drugs. To find out more please visit our Mental Health section.

Alcohol & Drugs

We provide a range of resources and support services to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who use alcohol and other drugs. To find out more please visit our Alcohol & Drugs section.

Safety & Inclusion

We provide a range of resources and support services to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are experiencing homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination. To find out more please visit our Safety & Inclusion section.

Domestic & Family Violence

We provide a range of resources and support services to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are experiencing domestic and family violence. To find out more please visit our Domestic & Family Violence section.

Ageing

We provide a range of resources and support services for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (50+). To find out more please visit our Ageing section.