We’re here to help trans and gender diverse (TGD) people take control of their health.
The umbrella term ‘trans and gender diverse’ describes a population of people whose gender is different to what was presumed for them at birth.
We recognise and celebrate the diversity of the TGD experience, so when we use the term ‘trans and gender diverse’, ‘trans’ and ‘transgender’ we mean all people who are not cisgender. Cisgender is a term used to describe people whose gender is the same as that was presumed for them at birth (male or female). ‘Cis’ is a Latin term meaning ‘on the same side as’.
Trans people may position ‘being trans’ as a history or experience, rather than an identity, and consider their gender identity as simply being female, male or a non-binary identity. Some trans people connect strongly with their trans experience, whereas others do not. The processes of transition may or may not be part of a trans or gender diverse person’s life.
We offer and refer to a range of trans-affirming resources, programs and services delivered by caring people who genuinely understand the health issues affecting trans people.
In 2019 ACON launched the Blueprint for Improving the Health and Wellbeing of the Trans and Gender Diverse Community in NSW.
The Blueprint for Improving the Health and Wellbeing of the Trans and Gender Diverse Community in NSW (the Blueprint) outlines the key approaches required to improve the health outcomes of trans and gender diverse (TGD) people in NSW and to strengthen the inclusion of TGD people within ACON’s programs and services.
The Blueprint was developed with the support of ACON’s TGD Community Health Advisory Group, which comprised members of the TGD community, clinicians and community organisations.
The development of the Blueprint was informed by a comprehensive review of national and international literature, and an extensive consultation process. This consultation process included a community survey of over 450 people, six community meetings across NSW (Sydney, Newcastle, Lismore, Wollongong, Wagga Wagga and Liverpool) and key stakeholder interviews with TGD community leaders, GPs, endocrinologists, sexual health physicians, NSW Health officials, and human rights lawyers.
Anyone can access and use this Blueprint to support their local, state-wide and even national advocacy efforts that seek to progress and improve the rights, health and lives of TGD communities. ACON is proud to support this work and to continue raising the visibility of TGD community priorities and needs
- The Blueprint for Improving the Health and Wellbeing of the Trans and Gender Diverse Community in NSW
- TEXT ONLY VERSION of the Blueprint
- Discussion paper, Potential Priority Areas for ACON’s Trans and Gender Diverse Community Health Strategy
- Consultation Report ACON’s Trans and Gender Diverse Community Health Strategy
ACON’s Language Guide for Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion explains key terms and offers examples of preferred language that can help us build safer, more inclusive environments for trans and gender diverse communities in NSW.
You can download the resource here:
- Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusive Language Guide PDF
- Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusive Language Guide JPG 1 | JPG 2
- Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusive Language Guide Text Only PDF
Many people assume that gender is binary; that all people are women or men. However, gender can more accurately be thought of as a colour palette, with many possible shades of identity and subtle expressions of gender far beyond only woman or man.
QLife Guides are for health professionals working with LGBTI people that describe and discuss a range of common, often complex topics, to help people feel able to work with all kinds of people on LGBTI matters. An information guide on navigating gender identity health professionals can be found here.
Other QLife Guides can be found here.
Pride Training provides learning and development programs to assist health and community organisations increase their knowledge of LGBTI people, communities and health issues. Our learning and development offerings use a variety of activities, media and training resources to engage with participants. Specialising in co-design with community members we aim to address the unique needs of our communities with lived experiences.
Pride in Diversity is Australia’s first and only not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist Australian employers with the inclusion of LGBTI employees.
As a member-based program, Pride in Diversity works closely with HR, diversity professionals and LGBTI Network Leaders in all aspects of LGBTI inclusion within all sectors of the Australian workforce.
No matter your starting point, we work with your team to understand the importance of LGBTI inclusion and to map out a strategy that will enable you to successfully work towards best practice.
Australian Workplace Equality Index
The Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) is the definitive national benchmark on LGBTI workplace inclusion and comprises the largest and only national employee survey designed to gauge the overall impact of inclusion initiatives on organisational culture as well as identifying and non-identifying employees.
The Index drives best practice in Australia and sets a comparative benchmark for Australian employers across all sectors.
The AWEI is a free offering and organisations do not need to be a member of Pride in Diversity to participate.
Pride In Practice Conference
Pride In Practice is the only national conference dedicated to LGBTI workplace inclusion. Run over three days, it incorporates various streams of LGBTI workplace awareness and inclusivity.
Hear from industry experts on best practice and gain insight into the award winning initiatives of the Top 20 Employers and network with industry peers.
Pride in Health + Wellbeing is a national membership program that provides year-round support in the provision of LGBTI inclusive services for those working within the health and wellbeing sector. Consider us your partners, your subject-matter experts that you can call on, build a relationship with and rely on for expert advice, training and help.
Our United Front is an inclusive breast cancer awareness and education campaign that focuses on getting screened. Self-checking is still really important, but if you are 50 or over, you should have a mammogram every 2 years. People over 40 are eligible to get free mammogram. Check out Our United Front for referral pathways.
Our United Front speaks to cis women, trans women, non-binary people, trans masc people and trans guys, highlighting different screening pathways and options.
View the project HERE.
Services & Referrals
Check OUT is a community-led sexual health and cervical screening clinic for LGBTIQ+ people
The clinic is staffed by LGBTIQ+ peer workers and expert sexual health nurses.
We offer HIV / STI screening and/or cervical screening and are open to all LGBTIQ+ people.
Check OUT is a safe and inclusive clinic for our communities. Check OUT provides trauma-informed care and is sex-positive and sex work friendly. All our services are free with a Medicare card.
The clinic is run by ACON and Family Planning NSW.
For more information, visit checkout.org.au.
Opening hours: Tuesdays, 12pm-8pm
Location: ACON, 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
Call: 02 9206 2000
Everybody with a cervix is at risk of cervical cancer.
We’re here to provide information and promote the importance of regular cervical screening for LGBTIQ people.
Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet studies show that LGBTIQ people are less likely than the general population to attend cervical screening. Having regular Cervical Screening Tests is the best way people in our communities can protect themselves against cervical cancer.
On 1 December 2017, the Pap test changed to a more accurate Cervical Screening Test. Other changes include the age of screening increasing from 18 years to 25 years, and the time between tests changing from two to five years.
Visit The Inner Circle to find out about the changes to the Pap test, what’s involved in a Cervical Screening Test, information on sex, HPV and cervical cancer and tips and advice on how get through your test.
Watch community members talk about their experiences of cervical screening for The Inner Circle campaign.
If you live in Sydney, you can book in at Check OUT: LGBTIQ+ Sexual Health Clinic for a sexual health check and/or a cervical screening test. Check OUT is a community-led clinic, run by ACON and Family Planning NSW. All our frontline staff are trained members of the LGBTIQ+ community. Read more about Check OUT and book a test today.
The Inner City Legal Centre’s Trans & Gender Diverse Legal Service is a dedicated service to provide trans or gender diverse clients free legal advice and support for a range of legal issues.
The services provided include advice on:
- Special Medical Procedure applications to the Family Court of Australia
- Assistance in regard to drafting wills, power of attorney, enduring guardianship
- Divorce, separation and parenting
- Name and gender change advice/services
- Criminal and AVO advice and representation for especially vulnerable trans or gender diverse clients on a low income.
We encourage you to contact the Inner City Legal Centre via their website or on (02) 9332 1966 if you are trans or gender diverse, and seeking legal help.
NEED SAFE SEX SUPPLIES?
If you’re a member of the LGBTIQ community and you need safe sex supplies, we can post them to you anywhere in NSW (free!). Simply complete the form below and we will get your play pack(s) delivered in no time!
Our play packs include:
- 10 gloves
- 10 condoms
- 9 ml Astroglide Natural toy friendly lube
- 250ml Viraclean bottle (for cleaning toys and surfaces), and
- A sex toy maintenance brochure (one per order).
If you need supplies for a party or venue please let us know.
Any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN CREATING A NEW SEXUAL HEALTH PROJECT?
We are designing a brand new sexual health project to better meet the needs of our community. This project will be replacing our sexual health project for women who play with women.
We welcome all members of the community to get involved in the consultation process. We particularly want to hear from all lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex and queer women, non-binary people, intersex people and trans men / trans masculine people who sleep with women. We also welcome people from the kink community and anyone who identifies as LGBTIQ+.
Sign up below to hear updates and receive invitations for community consultations and focus groups. Coming soon!
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We’re here to help end HIV transmission among gay and homosexually active men, including trans men who have sex with men. To find out more please visit our HIV Prevention section.
We’re here to help people with HIV – including trans people – 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.
Our sexual health programs for gay and bisexual men are inclusive of trans 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 trans women who have sex with women. To find out more please visit our Sexual Health section.
We provide a range of counselling and community care services for trans 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 trans 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 trans 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 trans people who are experiencing domestic and family violence. To find out more please visit our Domestic & Family Violence section.
We provide a range of resources and support services for older trans people (50+). To find out more please visit our Ageing section.