23 October 2015

A strong joint effort by ACT health and community groups is bringing improved health outcomes for Canberra’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQ) community.

A Gender Agenda, the AIDS Action Council, Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT and Northside Community Service are collaborating to build a range of innovative partnerships programs including a strong community volunteering model and develop innovative models of aged care for the emerging needs of the older LGBTIQ Canberrans.

Welcoming the ongoing support of the ACT’s LGBTIQ community by Chief Minister Andrew Barr and the ACT Government, the organisations said this support would ensure that their partnership would provide even better outcomes for Canberrans.

“For example, the SpringOUT community festival will not only celebrate the strength of diversity in the community, but will help us promote our health and sexual health information, education and community support services,” AIDS Action Council ED Philippa Moss said.

“The SpringOUT festival includes Fair Day, which will be held this year at Westside Acton Park, a key site which the ACT Government is keen to promote.

“Overall, the small grants program will be a huge help in building capacity and supporting the wonderful work of Canberra’s gender and sexuality diverse specialist organisations.”

The CEO of Northside Community Service Simon Rosenberg said Northside was very pleased to be able to work in partnership with gender and sexuality diverse specialist organisations.

“This positive collaboration helps us improve our own capability to more effectively respond to LGBTIQ clients and the Canberra community,” Mr Rosenberg said.

The AIDS Action Council, A Gender Agenda, Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT and Northside Community Service, congratulate Mr Barr on this support.


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