We’re here to help LGBTQ people and people with HIV reduce the harms associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs by providing a range of relevant support services.
We work with our clients in a supportive and non-judgemental way, whether their interest is to be more informed about drug use, be able to use in a safer manner or to get support to reduce or stop use.
There are lots of myths about alcohol and drugs and how people use these substances.
The most effective way to address problematic use of alcohol and drugs is to access factual information about both legal and illegal substances and get support from friends, family and professionals.
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Some people in our community choose to inject drugs.
The harms associated with this practice can be reduced by taking certain precautions.
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Alcohol and drug use can impact wellbeing by:
- Making existing mental illness worse
- Reducing the effectiveness of medications
- Contributing to mental distress
Pivot Point is an online resource that seeks to help LGBTQ+ people – as well as their partners, family, and friends – by improving their knowledge about the interaction between psychological wellbeing and the use of alcohol and other drugs.
Sexuality and gender diverse communities can face a range of specific challenges accessing safe inclusive professional support around substance use.
In collaboration with the Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) and Central Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network, ACON has developed AOD LGBTQ Inclusive Practice Guidelines For Treatment Providers, this resource is available on Pivot Point. The aim of the resource is to assist AOD services be accessible, culturally informed and inclusive.
Through our Needle & Syringe Program (NSP), we provide FREE sterile injecting equipment and health promotion services to people who inject drugs. This helps reduce the transmission of blood borne viruses such HIV and hep C and other injecting-related risks.
Our NSPs provide the following:
- FREE sterile injecting equipment
- Disposal of used equipment
- Access to advice, support and relevant health information (e.g. HIV, hep C, safer practices)
- Referral to internal and external services
- Access to condoms.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, ACON opening hours have been temporarily reduced. Current operating hours are:
- ACON Sydney (414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills): Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
- ACON Hunter (129 Maitland Road, Islington): Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays | 10am – 2pm
- ACON Northern Rivers (Suite 4P Conway Court, 17 Conway Street, Lismore): Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays | 10am – 2pm
We provide confidential FREE short-term counselling (up to 12 sessions) for sexuality and gender diverse people and people with HIV seeking support in relation to their use of alcohol and other drugs.
Our counsellors work from a harm reduction approach to assist clients reach their goals to manage use, reduce or quit.
This service is offered face to face in Sydney. It is also available via telehealth for individuals living in Sydney or across regional NSW.
To access this service, you will need to undergo a brief assessment in person or over the phone.
Coronavirus update: Due to social distancing requirements, all ACON counselling and support services will be conducted virtually or over the phone.
The ACON Rovers program has been operating since 2003. Rovers are a volunteer-based community led initiative and we promote a culture of care at sexuality and gender diverse dance parties and events. Rovers are LGBTQ+ peers and allies, and we work in teams to:
- Help patrons who require medical assistance to easily access onsite services
- Provide harm reduction services to patrons (e.g. provide water, encourage people to take breaks and cool down, provide accurate alcohol and drug information)
- Provide party information to patrons (e.g. directions, lost property, show times, DJ info)
- Help patrons easily access party basics (e.g. band aids, ear plugs, sunscreen)
- ACON Rovers are not security and are only concerned with people’s health and safety.
ACON recently surveyed community members about the Rover’s program. In this survey we found that among those familiar with the ACON Rovers, 98% agreed or strongly agreed that Rovers provide an important service at dance parties.
Book the ACON Rovers
Having the ACON Rovers on site is a great way for promoters and event organisers to support the health and wellbeing of patrons. If you are an event organiser and you are interested in having Rovers at your event, check out our information for promoters page.
Join the ACON Rovers
We’re always interested in hearing from people who would like to volunteer for our ACON Rover program. If you are interested in becoming an ACON Rover, read about what’s involved on our volunteers page.