It is an exciting and challenging time for Meridian and the entire community sector. A world leader in our responses to Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), Australia has some of the lowest HIV transmission rates in the world. While ground-breaking technological advances have effectively changed how we respond to these issues, significant challenges remain. Meridian is well placed to tackle these challenges head on, improving and expanding its provision of support services and resources for our HIV and LGBTIQ communities.
In line with our strategic plan, Meridian continues to deliver on the following strategic priorities:
- Reducing new HIV transmissions
- Improving access to appropriate, quality support services for people living with and impacted by HIV and AIDS
- Creating a safer community, where there is respect for all people, regardless of HIV status, sexual orientation, or gender identity
- Investing in the organisation to ensure ongoing sustainability
Evaluating our work demonstrates the progress we are making in meeting our targets for each strategic priority, evidenced in the impact reports included in this year’s annual report. We have produced an impact report as a companion document to the annual report.