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What we do

Meridian is Canberra’s leading community-controlled organisation taking action to prevent HIV, improve the health and wellbeing of people impacted by HIV and LGBTIQ+ people, and create safe and inclusive communities.

Meridian increases access to HIV and STI prevention, testing, and treatment. It conducts targeted health promotion activities, runs community events, and provides peer-led support services and activities for people living and at risk of with HIV and our communities to support them to look after their sexual health.

Meridian works to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people. From Rainbow Families dance parties and Encampment to service navigation and aged care programs, Meridian supports LGBTIQA+ people across their lifespans. Meridian’s Wellbeing Services provide high-quality, person-centred counselling and mental health supports. Additionally, Meridian provides education and training to increase understanding across the ACT about LGBTIQA+ communities and their health needs.

Meridian’s Sex Workers Outreach Program (SWOP) aims to prevent HIV and other STIs among Canberra’s sex work community, promote sex work as a valid occupation, and empower and support sex workers.

Meridian works with the community to celebrate and nurture their rich diversity and to strengthen their collective resilience against the adverse effects of stigma and discrimination and the impacts of minority stress.



Governance Structure

 

Annual Report (2021)

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Our Constitution

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Our Board


Andrew Robertson
President

Jodie Vaile
Board Director

Jodie Bateup
Board Director


Darlene Cox
Board Director, Secretary

Michael Sparks OAM
Board Director, Public Officer

Ciara Duggan
Board Director



Wayne Herbert
Vice President Chair, Governance Committee

Andy Lin
Board Director, Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee.
 


Philippa Moss
Chief Executive Officer



 

 



Our Strategic Plan

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Our Reconciliation Action Plan & Acknowledgment of Country

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Our Resource Library

For more information on a number of our initiatives, annual reports, media releases, and more


 

Meridian recognises the need to develop a structured and holistic approach for strengthening our work and relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, especially those who may be impacted by HIV or at risk of HIV. Meridian acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and Elders both past and present.

By developing a Reconciliation Action Plan, we hope to clearly identify actions and realistic targets detailing steps and priorities that advise on the rights, health and dignity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are impacted by HIV or at risk of HIV.

 

Meridian is proudly QIC Accredited


Meridian acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

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