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Self-care Tips for Managing Alcohol & Other Drug Needs Over the Holidays

The holidays are a time for celebration and joy, however, we are aware that it can be a challenging time for many folks. Meridian Wellbeing collaborated with Directions ACT, and made a list of practical tips for managing alcohol and other drug needs, acknowledging the unique challenges and experiences that may arise during this time, no matter if you will spend the time with well-meaning friends, family, chosen family or by yourself.

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Annual Report 2023

2023 has been another exceptional year. In fact, it marks our 40th year in operation. Initially established in 1983 as the ACT AIDS Action Committee, our organisation was formed by a group of gay men living in Canberra to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region.

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Australian Consensus Statement on Person-Centred HIV Care

Clinicians, community, government and industry delegates agree that person-centred principles should guide the delivery of HIV-related care to ensure the highest attainable standard of health for people living with HIV and people at risk of HIV acquisition.

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What are Pronouns?

Pronouns are words that are used to refer to someone when not using their name. To learn more about pronouns, and how to be a good ally, read our pronoun fact sheet. 

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New research into the role of LGBTIQA+ peer-led services in meeting the health needs of LGBTIQA+ people in Australia

We’re thrilled to launch our new research report: The role of LGBTIQA+ peer-led services in meeting the health needs of LGBTIQA+ people in Australia.

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Meridian Multicultural Engagement Plan

Meridian is proud to present the Meridian Multicultural Engagement Plan which outlines our commitment to support people from culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse backgrounds, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and people of colour who are impacted by HIV and are of diverse sexualities and genders.

The document aligns with Meridian’s Strategic Plan goals of ending HIV transmissions for all, delivering excellent, client-centred care, giving voice to our communities, strengthening inclusion, and attracting and developing the best staff.

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HIV in Australia 2023 Factsheet

Each year, the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) provides a snapshot of what HIV looks like in Australia. This resource, provides the most up to date epidemiological data in the form of an infographic.

 

Key Points:

  • Data represents an overall decline in the number of HIV notifications of 48% over the last 10 years.
  • There has been a 38% reduction in HIV notifications since 2019*
  • Agenda 2025 elimination target: 90% reduction from 2010, or 91 cases.
  • Most HIV transmission today occurs where one partner has HIV but does not know it.

 

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Holiday Wellbeing Tips for LGBTIQA+ Folks

The holidays are a time for celebration and joy, however, we are aware that it can be a challenging time for many folks. Meridian Wellbeing collaborated with Directions ACT, and made a list of practical tips for managing the unique challenges and experiences that may arise during this time, no matter if you will spend the time with well-meaning friends, family, chosen family or by yourself.

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Impacts of Religious Discrimination of LGBTIQ+ People

Religion-based discrimination of LGBTIQ+ people can take many forms. It may involve conversion programs and religious ‘counselling’ practices (i.e. practices that try to change the sexuality or gender identity of LGBTIQ+ people). Unfortunately, these practices still exist in Australia despite extensive evidence about their life-threatening harms (Ryan, 2009).

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Does the ACT need an LGBTIQA+ peak body? - Discussion Paper

In the ACT, there is no peak body representing LGBTIQA+ people or organisations providing services to LGBTIQA+ people. The question of whether the ACT needs a peak body for LGBTIQA+ health and wellbeing is one that arises from time to time, including within the Office of LGBTIQ+ Affairs, in the ACT Health Scoping Study, in the commissioning process for peak bodies, and by individual stakeholders. This discussion paper outlines the arguments for and against establishing an LGBTIQA+ peak body in the ACT, and presents some alternative options to establishing a new, separate organisation.

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Annual Report (2022)

The health, safety, and wellbeing of our communities remain at the heart of our work at Meridian. While Canberra was relatively sheltered from COVID-19 early on, we were hit hard by the pandemic in the first half of this financial year. In response, we rallied to support our communities, working hard to ensure they had access to appropriate health information and resources, COVID-19 vaccinations, and mental health support. We also made sure that our communities could meet their ongoing healthcare needs, including having access to HIV testing facilities, HIV medication, and harm-reduction resources and support.

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We are Meridian - Service Poster

Poster of Meridian's Service Offerings

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Collective Action C2C Framework

The Contribution to Change (C2C) Framework was developed by Collective Action to assist community, and peer-based organisations measure, and demonstrate their impact. 

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Australia’s HIV sector brief on the GCPS

This brief updates Australia’s HIV sector on three journal articles published from the Gay Community Periodic Surveys (GCPS) from the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of NSW. The findings from these surveys provide insight into some of the communities we work with, particularly gay and bisexual men (GBM).

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GPSA: LGBTQIA+ Healthcare Resources

General Practice Supervisors Australia's information about resources for LGBTQIA+ people. 

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Medicare Ineligibles and LGBTIQA+ communities – a discussion paper

Information about who can access and how to access Medicare. 

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Canberra Gay Community Periodic Survey (GCPS) Snapshot 2021

A snapshot infographic of some of the key findings from the Canberra Gay Community Periodic Survey (GCPS).

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Canberra Gay Community Periodic Survey (GCPS) 2021

The Canberra Gay Community Periodic Survey (GCPS) is a cross-sectional survey of gay and bisexual men recruited from a range of gay venues and events in Canberra and online throughout the Australian Capital Territory. The major aim of the survey is to provide data on sexual, drug use and testing practices related to the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmissible infections (STIs). The survey is conducted every two years.

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Meridian Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2021- 2022

Meridian is proud to present this inaugural Meridian Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2021- 2022. Our Reflect RAP signifies Meridian’s sincere intent to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety through a structured process of establishing and strengthening meaningful and respectful relationships with First Nations’ community members. It was developed by Meridian in consultation with members of the ACT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and Meridian members.

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Styleguide & Logos

This document will introduce you to our Logo and Brand guidelines, a framework for consistent application across all design, media and communications. Please download and read this guide before using our Logo.

 

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Meridian Sexual Health Services Factsheet

Meridian is here to help people impacted by HIV, Sexually diverse people, Trans and gender diverse people and Sex workers. We support our communities at all stages in life take control of their sexual health by providing information, workshops and a range of support services to inform, educate and arm you with the knowledge you need to keep your sex life healthy.

Our message to you is simple – Know your sexual health status. Know your risks and manage your sex life with confidence. Protect yourself and your sexual partners. With the right information, the right advice and the right people to talk to, you can significantly reduce your risk of HIV, an STI, or passing these on to a sexual partner.

Meridian is here to support your sexual health.

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Wellbeing Tips for LGBTQIA+ Folks

8 useful Wellbeing Tips for LGBTQIA+ Folks. 

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Rainbow Health Australia Submission - National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032

The next National Plan provides an historic opportunity for LGBTIQ people to be meaningfully included in the shared effort to end family, domestic and sexual violence. We are pleased that the Draft National Plan commits to ending all forms of genderbased violence, including ensuring that LGBTIQ people of all genders are safe at home, work, school, in the community and online. However, we are concerned that recent leadership and action in this space has not been adequately reflected and included in the Draft National Plan

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Guidance to support gender affirming care for mental health

This guide is designed to support providers of mental health care to be able to deliver their services in a gender-affirming way to support the needs of trans and/or gender diverse people.

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HIV in Australia 2022 Factsheet

Each year, the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) provides a snapshot of what HIV looks like in Australia. This resource, provides the most up to date epidemiological data in the form of an infographic.

Key points:

HIV in Australia 2022 reflects some of the many impacts of COVID-19, including disruptions to testing and prevention.

  • HIV notifications have declined by 37% in Australia since 2016.
  • COVID-19 disruptions – including less HIV testing – have contributed to the dramatic drop in HIV notifications in 2020.
  • Most HIV transmission today occurs where one partner has HIV but does not know it. We must urgently restore testing rates to pre-pandemic levels.
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Our Work In Ageing and Aged Care 2020/2021

We work to improve access to inclusive and culturally safe Aged Care services for LGBTI+ elders and improve their wellbeing.

Meridian is a leader in LGBTI+ inclusion within the Seniors and Aged Care sector in the ACT.

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ACON - Its Who We Are: Exploring the Role, Impact and Value of Peers

The history of the successful response to HIV in New South Wales is a testament to the effectiveness and strength of the community’s response and the understanding shown by policy makers, researchers, politicians and other health professionals to work in partnership with affected communities. This partnership has been at the core of the world leading response and has meant that NSW has been able to respond to HIV more effectively than many other places around the world.

At the centre of this partnership has been our communities and the peer workers who have dedicated countless hours and much energy in responding to HIV and in supporting and caring for each other.

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Submission to ACT Government Budget Consultation 2021-2022

We are proud to be working alongside the ACT Government in creating a safe and inclusive city for all Canberrans. Meridian welcomes the commitments of the ACT Labor and ACT Greens policy platforms for the 10th Legislative Assembly that aim to improve the lives of LGBTIQA+ Canberrans, as outlined in the Parliamentary & Governing Agreement: 10th Legislative Assembly.

Meridian is calling on the ACT Government to allocate adequate funding in the 2021/22 budget to implement these commitments.

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AFAO - HIV Self Test Factsheet

An HIV Self-Test is an HIV test you can perform yourself in the privacy of your own home or wherever you feel comfortable. The HIV Self-Test available in Australia is discrete, accurate and easy to use.

The HIV Self-Test is a small cartridge containing a paper test strip. It is similar in size and shape to a USB drive. Included in the HIV Self-Test pack will be an HIV Self-Test cartridge, a set of instructions, a bottle of test fluid (which is added along with a blood sample), and a disposal bag. The pack contains a Care Card, which includes a list of contacts in case you have questions or concerns about the test or your test result.

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Annual Report (2021)

It has been another busy year as we continue to work at the individual, community, organisational, and public policy levels to achieve positive outcomes for our communities.

We kicked off last financial year by refreshing our strategic plan to ensure we remain at the forefront of achieving positive outcomes for our communities. Our new plan sets out an ambitious program of activities that aim to contribute to eliminating HIV and improving sexual health, improving access to quality services for people living with HIV, creating a safe community, and
improving access to inclusive and knowledgeable health and wellbeing services for people who require support around gender identity and sexuality. The plan also sets an agenda for investing in the organisation to ensure sustainability and growth. The 2021-2024 Strategic Plan is available on our website.

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CBR Fair Day - Pride in the Virtual Park - Statistics Infographic

In 2021, due to COVID-19 and public health restriction, CBR Fair Day was held within a social engagement software – TOPIA. It was a bold and daring attempt to ensure that the tradition of Fair Day lives on, and we continue to create opportunities for community connection whilst providing a platform for groups and organisations to share their stories and services.

TOPIA provided a unique, engaging and user-friendly space to promote and discuss Meridian’s services and health promotion messages with the community who were able to take part in the event. TOPIA was new, experimental and fun, however we look forward to hosting Fair Day – Pride in the Park at Glebe Park in 2022.

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PrEP Factsheet for Trans and Gender Diverse People

HIV PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) factsheet for trans and gender diverse people.

What is PrEP? PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP is a pill that HIV negative people can take to prevent HIV. Taking PrEP before being exposed to HIV means there’s enough drug in your system to stop HIV if it gets into your body. If PrEP is taken as prescribed it has proved very effective at preventing HIV and reduces the risk of HIV transmission by almost 100%.

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Get PrEP’D (PrEPárate) – Hoja informative sobre la PrEP (Get PrEP’D – PrEP Factsheet – Spanish)

Get PrEP’D (PrEPárate) es una iniciativa nacional de Australia para gais y otros hombres (cis o trans), incluso no binarios, que tienen sexo con hombres que toman la PrEP (profilaxis previa a la exposición).

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การเตรียมพร้อม (PrEP’D) – แผ่นข้อมูลเกี่ยวกับยาเพร็บ (PrEP) (Get PrEP’D – PrEP Factsheet – Thai)

การเตรียมพร้อม (PrEP’D)เป็นความริเริ่มแห่งขาติของออส เตรเลียเพื่อชายเกย์และ ชายอื่นๆ (ซิสหรือแทรนส์) เพศที่ไม่จำ กัดตายตัวว่าเป็นชายหรือหญิง ผู้ซึ่งมีเพศ สัมพันธ์กับชายเกี่ยวกับยา PrEP (ยาป้องกันก่อนสัมผัสสำ หรับผู้ที่ยังไม่ติดเชื้อ)

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Get PrEP’D – PrEP Factsheet (English)

Get PrEP’D is an Australian national initiative for gay, bisexual and other men (cis or trans), non-binary inclusive, who have sex with men about PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis).

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Does the ACT need an LGBTIQA+ peak body? A discussion paper.

Peak bodies within community sector play an important role in representing the interests of their members and communities to government, as well as strengthening the capacity of, and fostering collaboration within the sector.

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NAPWHA - Breastfeeding for Women Living with HIV in Australia

If you are living with HIV and you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, you may be thinking about breastfeeding your baby, and whether it is safe or advisable.
The information in this community resource is provided for women who are living with HIV and want to understand the issues around breastfeeding or formula feeding.

For more information about this resource and other resources for Women Living With HIV, visit: https://napwha.org.au/resource/breastfeeding/

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Gay, Bisexual, and MSM Sexual Health

Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (including trans men who have sex with men) are a priority population group for STIs and HIV. GP's, nurses, and other medical practitioners have an essential role in looking after their health.

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Submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Meridian welcomes the opportunity to contribute this submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. Meridian offers this independent submission to the Royal Commission, in addition to being a signatory to LGBTIQ+ Health Australia’s submission, to strengthen the points made in their submission, and to represent our Canberra-based organisation’s position and experiences, more specifically. 

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LGBTIQ+ [AI] Training Brochure

Meridian provides education and training to organisations, workplaces and community groups. We conduct a Pre-Session Questionnaire before each session in order to gauge existing knowledge and
to invite anonymous questions from participants which often generate lively discussion.

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SoBar – Not So Straight Up Evaluation Report

SoBar – Not So Straight Up aims to reduce alcohol-related harm within LGBTIQ+ communities in the ACT. It focuses on increasing awareness of the health and wellbeing impacts of harmful alcohol use, changing social norms influencing risky drinking behaviour and alcohol culture, and supporting access to suitable treatment and self-help options. The evaluation of the SoBar – Not So Straight Up program was conducted in two parts: a process evaluation assessing the quality of activities delivered and an impact evaluation assessing the impact of the activities

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Independent sex workers unfairly targeted during COVID-19: Representative groups

Representative groups for Canberra sex workers have rejected a claim that independent sex workers in Canberra could be breaking COVID-19 protocols by continuing to operate.

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Sex workers, their organisations and the Scarlet Alliance condemn Canberra brothel owner’s disrespectful and deceptive behaviour

Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, our member organisations and individual sex workers publicly condemn this week’s malicious, self-serving and ignorant commentary (Canberra Times, 18 August) by Canberra brothel owner Aaron Jones.

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2020 - 2021 Snapshot Infographic

Our Year > 2020 - 2021 Snapshot

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SoBar - Mixing AOD Poster

The effect of alcohol in combination with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medication is unpredictable and dangerous. In addition to negative side effects like nausea and drowsiness, combining alcohol and other drugs can be extremely dangerous and even life-threatening. When certain drugs interact with alcohol, they create a potentially deadly reaction. We’ve broken down the risks for you.

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The role of peer-led services in improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people

Peer-led services (sometimes called peer-to-peer or peer-based services) are run by people with the same or similar identities or lived experiences as their service users. They can include peer-led health promotion, peer support groups or counselling, peer service delivery, or peer leadership. These approaches do not replace mainstream models of healthcare provision; they complement and work within and beside mainstream healthcare.

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Needle and Syringe Program Postcard

Meridian is a secondary NSP. We provide pre-packaged 8-packs as well as sharps disposal containers.

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Measuring Community Impact with the Contribution to Change Framework

The Contribution to Change (C2C) Framework was developed by Collective Action to assist community, and peer-based organisations measure, and demonstrate their impact. A defining characteristic of community organisations is that they aim to contribute to positive changes in their community. When it comes to demonstrating their contribution to these changes, however, many organisations fall short. With the C2C Framework, organisations can demonstrate the accumulative impact of their programs and activities and track their progress towards their vision. 

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Psychological Therapies Service Model

Meridian was invited by the Capital Health Network (CHN) to co-design a service model for delivering mental health services to LGBTIQA+ communities in the ACT under the Psychological Therapies Targeting Priority Populations contract.

Meridian facilitated a co-design process with LGBTIQA+ people to design a service model that would respond to their mental health needs and address the barriers to mental health services that they experience.

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SoBar - Trans and Gender Diverse Poster

A Trans and Gender Diverse guide to alcohol.

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Removing Barriers to Employment for LGBTIQA+ People

LGBTIQA+ people face many barriers to full inclusion in the workforce. A range of initiatives have been developed to remove these barriers; however, they largely focus on removing barriers within workplaces rather than to employment. Employment services can make a difference by facilitating and promoting inclusion within job seeking, recruitment, and hiring processes.

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Understanding sex, Sexuality and Gender

LGBTIQA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual. The plus is used to show that it is also inclusive of the full diversity of genders, sexualities and bodies, including people who identify as pansexual, gender diverse, agender, gender fl uid, non-binary, as well as people who are questioning their gender and/or sexuality.

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Capital of Equality Second Action Plan Submission - July 2021

Meridian’s Written Submission for the Capital of Equality Second Action Plan Consultation

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Submission - Davidson Disability Grants

Meridian is Canberra’s leading community-based, peer-led organisation for people living with HIV/AIDS, and sex, sexuality and gender diverse communities. Meridian was pleased to be one of the organisations chosen to process Grant applications for the ACT COVID-19 Disability Strategy Respite Effect and Recovery Grants.

We are writing to sincerely thank you for implementing the Respite Effect and Recovery Grants program and its associated process.

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Meridian - Carers' Rights and Responsibilities

A guide to carers' rights, responsibilities and support.

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Letter to Dr M Paterson - Consent Law Reform

Meridian welcomes the opportunity to provide our support for, and comments regarding, Dr Paterson’s proposed Sexual Consent Law Reform. We also acknowledge and thank Deputy Chief Minister Berry’s work in establishing the tri partisan Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. Meridian welcomes the recent appointment of Renée Leon as Chair of the overarching Steering Committee and the establishment of inclusive and intersectional Groups to drive reform in this important area.

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The AIDS Candlelight Memorial Speech 2021 – Held on 16 May 2021

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is a time for all of us to remember the many lives lost of HIV and AIDS. The first memorial event was held in 1983 and since then there have been thousands of events across the world.

This year the event was held at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre and the guest speaker was Clara Tuck Meng Soo. Dr Soo received her medical training at Cambridge University and King’s College London. She worked for several years in the UK before migrating to Australia in 1989. In 2002 she became Practice Principal of IGP and Hobart Place General Practice.

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Minimum standards for Data Collection

Minimum standards for data collection of sex, gender, variations of sex characteristics and sexual orientation.

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Meridian You Are Welcome Poster

You Are Welcome Poster – All sexualities, genders, identities, expressions & cultures welcome here.

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ANA AFAO Treatment as Prevention Factsheet

What is Treatment as Prevention?

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ANA AFAO HIV Testing Factsheet

When should I get tested?

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ANA AFAO PrEP Factsheet

What is PrEP?

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ANA AFAO PEP Factsheet

What is PEP?

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Language Beyond the Binary Poster

From the time we are born (it’s a boy or it’s a girl) we learn gender concepts and binary language in our everyday life including family, peers, schools, community, media, culture and religion.

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Recommended ACT Priorities for Action: HIV 2021

Meridian ACT has developed a factsheet on the Recommended ACT Priorities for Action: HIV 2021

With the following 6 priority areas.

  1. Prevention Programs
  2. Effective Testing
  3. Treatment Programs For Hiv
  4. Care And Support
  5. Stigma And Discrimination
  6. Research, Data, And Information
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Taking a Sexual History from a Sex Worker

This information has been prepared by the sex worker outreach program (SWOP ACT) at Meridian to assist sexual health nurses, nurse practitioners, medical students, doctors and other health care providers when taking a sexual history from a sex worker.

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Private Lives 3 – Media Release

La Trobe University research released today found 57.2% of more than 6,000 surveyed lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people were experiencing high or very high levels of psychological distress, while 41.9% reported thoughts about suicide over the past 12 months.

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Oral Sex and Condoms – Information Sheet

Sometimes workers are confused about providing oral sex to a client without a condom.

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Meridian LGBTIQA+ Housing Position Paper

This paper was developed by Meridian in consultation with community members and service providers, including the Canberra Inclusive Partnership’s Service User Reference Group, YWCA Canberra, ACT Shelter and Havelock Housing. Meridian acknowledges the existing body of work done by national and international researchers into the issue of LGBTIQA+ homelessness, which has informed many of the recommendations within this paper.

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LGBTIQA+ Allyship Poster

Fact Sheet

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Stealthing Amendment Bill 2021 - Meridian Feedback

Feedback on vital legislative change to be part of bringing forth much-needed positive consent laws in the ACT.

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Meridian Submission - Drugs of Dependency 2021

Call for submissions to Inquiry into the Drugs of Dependence (Personal Use) Amendment Bill 2021

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Letter to Yvette Berry - Consent Law Reform

Meridian welcomes the opportunity to provide our support for, and comments regarding, Dr Paterson’s proposed Sexual Consent Law Reform. We also acknowledge and thank you for establishing the tri-partisan Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. Meridian welcomes the recent appointment of Renée Leon as Chair of the overarching Steering Committee and the establishment of inclusive and intersectional Groups to drive reform in this important area.

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Pride Flags Guide – Information Sheet

There are many other pride flags that represent other sub-cultures, identities and groups. Flags are generally used under a creative commons licence and to be used at your own discretion.

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Exploring good practice use of inclusive group identity labels

This paper presents the most up-to-date research on emerging practices in terminology use, thereby offering an essential resource to organisations wishing to remain in touch with the communities they serve.

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Accessing PrEP Through the Green Cross Pharmacy Coupon Program

We understand that getting access to PrEP to prevent HIV is not easy for everyone.

Meridian can help you access the Green Cross Pharmacy PrEP coupon pr...

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Meridian’s Mental Health Services Achieve Accreditation

Meridian has been awarded full accreditation against the National Standards for Mental Health Services!

The National Standards for Mental Health Services (NSMHS) are owned by the Australian Government Department of Health and were developed in 2010 as part of the National Mental Health Strategy. The Standards are outcome oriented and reflect a strong values base, related to human rights, dignity and empowerment.

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Discrimination Briefing Paper

Meridian provides current information to the ACT Government on the needs, rights and discrimination that our communities in the ACT continue to face

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Canberra Hospital Master Planning Submission 2021

Submission to ACT Health master-planning consultation for Canberra Hospital

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Silver Rainbow LGBTI Aged Care DL Flier

Understanding and celebrating the diversity of bodies, genders, sexualities, and relationships of older LGBTI people.

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Aged Care DL Flyer

Meridian provides free, friendly and inclusive services supporting older LGBTI+ persons, carers, loved ones and allies to connect and navigate My Aged Care.

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Election ACT 2020

How the next ACT Government can contribute to a welcoming and inclusive community for the HIV+ community and LGBTIQ+ people and their families.

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Education & Training – LGBTIQ [Ai] – Info

Meridian provides education and training to organisations, workplaces and community groups. We conduct a Pre-Session Questionnaire before each session in order to gauge existing knowledge and
to invite anonymous questions from participants which often generate lively discussion.

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Ageing among people with HIV or chronic HBV/HCV in the ACT

 

This is a health policy research project commissioned by the ACT Health Directorate. It aims to extend understandings of the complex and changing needs of the ageing populations living with chronic hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the ACT.

 

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HIV in Australia (2020)

Key stats and information about the HIV in Australia in 2020, courtesy of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.

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World AIDS Day 2020 – Peter Rowland Address

World AIDS Day memorial, hosted by Meridian on November 29th 2020

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Strategic Plan (2021-2024)

We are Meridian:

We are a community-controlled, peer-led Organisation that provides Health and social support services to our community. We celebrate diversity, strengthen community, and empower individuals To live their best lives. Community, health, and Action are the core of Meridian and how we work.

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Learning From One Pandemic to Live With Another

Two great pandemics of the past fifty years – HIV and COVID-19 – have shaken societies around the globe. The immediate crisis of COVID-19 has many of the hallmarks of the early HIV pandemic – fear, rapid action, wall-to-wall media coverage and political attention. In time, we learned to live with HIV. As we enter its fourth decade, what insights from HIV can help us live with COVID-19?

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Sex Worker WHS Consultation Submission

Meridian welcomes the opportunity to respond to the revising of the Work Health and Safety (Sexual Services Industry) Code of Practice.

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World AIDS Day 2020 – Media Release

In the lead up to World AIDS Day, Meridian will host a Morning Tea event to engage as a community, to show solidarity with people living with HIV, and to remember those
we have lost to an AIDS-related illness.

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Studio Hire Information Sheet

Studio hire now available at Meridian.

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Meridian Aged Care infographic – ARTpress

Fact Sheet

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SoBar Business Card

Business Card

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SoBar - Tips For Low Risk Drinking Poster

Tips For Low Risk Drinking Poster

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SoBar Postcard

SoBar - Not So Straight Up Postcard

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SoBar Trifold Flier

SoBar -Not So Straight Up aims to reduce alcohol related harm within the LGBTIQ+ communities in the ACT through increased awareness of the health and wellbeing impacts of alcohol and challenging the social norms around drinking behaviour and alcohol culture.

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Meridian - Where to Find us

A print with detailed directions on how to find Meridian, entrance points and parking.

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Anxiety Self-Help

Information about managing anxiety disorders and phobias.

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Authentic Happiness

Focuses on developing positive emotions and strengths.

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Reach Out

An interactive site for young people with help, information, and support for a range of issues, including fact sheets, stories, forums and videos.

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Just Ask Us

An online network for tertiary students with information, tools and advice on drug, alcohol, mental health and wellbeing issues.

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MoodGYM

A free interactive online program teaching skills to cope with life's problems, including CBT for preventing depression.

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ECouch

A free interactive web-based self-help program for issues such as general anxiety, social anxiety and depression.

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Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI)

High quality interactive workbooks, strategies and self-help information on a range of mental health topics.

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Black Dog Institute

Offers evidenced-based information and resources on depression and bipolar disorder.

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Head to Health

An electronic hub of Australian mental health services and resources, providing high-quality information across a range of services and needs, (also on Facebook and Twitter).

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LGBTIQ Inclusive Data Collection – Information Sheet

The Canberra LGBTIQ Community Consortium (hereafter referred to as the Consortium) is pleased to provide the ACT service sector with this resource. The Consortium is a partnership of four agencies, brought together by the common goal of ensuring health, wellbeing, access, social inclusion, and equity for Canberra’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities.

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Conversion Therapies Submission 2020

Meridian commends the ACT government on its leadership in banning conversion practice and supports the government’s intention to make clear to practitioners, service providers and the community that these harmful practices are not to be offered in the ACT. Meridian supports the introduction and passage of legislation to assist in the consideration of complaints in this area. Meridian is pleased to make the following submission with regards to the proposed ban.

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Creating LGBTIQ Inclusive Organisations

Is your organisation inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities?

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Annual Report (2020)

This year’s annual report highlights a significant evolution in our identity as an organisation. At the annual general meeting in November 2019, our members voted to change our name. After almost four decades, we have re-launched under a new name: Meridian.

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Gay Community Periodic Survey (2019) Snapshot

The Canberra Gay Community Periodic Survey is a cross-sectional survey of gay and bisexual men. Participants are recruited from gay venues and community events, supplemented by online recruitment. The major aim of the survey is to provide data on sexual, drug use and testing practices related to the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

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Fair Day Impact Report (2019)

Evaluation results show that CBR Fair Day is engaging new members of the community while remaining its ongoing relevance to existing attendees. 86% of respondents had attended CBR Fair Day at least once, if not many times before, and 14% attended for the first time in 2019.

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LGBQW Research Snapshot (2019)

This report presents the key findings of research conducted by the Women’s Centre for Health Matters (WCHM) with the support of Meridian into the health and health needs of same-sex attracted women in the ACT. An online survey was undertaken from October to November 2018. It was designed to better understand the health behaviours and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer women (LGBQ) in the ACT, including cis and transgender women.

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Sex Work in the ACT (2019)

Here is some information that you will find useful if you are currently or planning on working in the ACT.

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Annual Report (2019)

It is a distinct privilege to provide our members with this report on behalf of the Council’s Board and staff. It clearly demonstrates our record of service delivery to the community, our strong financial position, and the effective governance that guides our day-to-day operations in HIV prevention and improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ communities.

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LGBQW Full Report (2019)

The views of same-sex attracted women in the ACT about their health; their health needs; their access to services, supports, and information; and the barriers to maintaining their health.

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CBR Fair Day Impact report 2017 to 2019

Meridian’s CBR Fair Day is a well-loved event on the Canberra events calendar that has been bringing the community together to celebrate Canberra’s Pride Festival and build community cohesion for the last 20 years. Funded by the ACT Health Directorate, CBR Fair Day promotes the creation of safe and supportive communities in which LGBTIQ+ people feel included, affirmed in their gender and sexual identities, and in which they are able to access high-quality and relevant services and information, which is strongly protective of good health and wellbeing.

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Canberra Gay Community Periodic Survey 2019

The Canberra Gay Community Periodic Survey is a cross-sectional survey of gay and homosexually active men. Participants are recruited from gay venues and community events, supplemented by online recruitment. The major aim of the survey is to provide data on sexual, drug use and testing practices related to the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

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Blueprint on health needs of LGBTIQ Canberrans

The ACT is renowned as a fair, welcoming, and inclusive community that celebrates diversity. Thanks to the strong leadership of the ACT Chief Minister, the Territory is at the forefront of advancing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ+) people. Through the establishment of the Office for LGBTIQ+ Affairs, and by committing to developing the first ACT LGBTIQ+ Strategic Plan, the ACT Government has reaffirmed its commitment to, and investment in, LGBTIQ+ rights, support, and inclusion.

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ACT LGBTIQ+ Legal Audit Submission 2019

Meridian is pleased to make this submission to Equality Australia. The Council supports the law reform to remove direct and indirect discrimination against LGBTIQ people in the Australian Capital Territory. In considering the key questions we think it is important to frame our response around six priority areas relevant to the issues and communities we support and represent.

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Impact Report / Meridian (2019)

In 2017, Meridian partnered with Collective Action, a social impact consultancy, to develop and implement an impact measurement system – the Contribution to Change (C2C) Framework. In its second full year, C2C is going from strength to strength.

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Impact Report / Meridian (2018)

Measuring our progress towards our vision of strong, connected and supportive communities that are free of new HIV transmissions, marginalisation, discrimination and stigma.

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Fair Day Impact Report (2018)

CBR Fair Day is a well-loved event on the Canberra events calendar that has been bringing the community together to celebrate diversity for the last 20 years. Meridian has proudly hosted the event since 2001. Since that time, CBR Fair Day has evolved from a targeted LGBTIQ+ event to a whole-of-community event that fosters community cohesion. In 2017 and 2018, CBR Fair Day was sponsored by the ACT Government Office for LGBTIQ+ Affairs, further strengthening this important community event.

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HIV in Australia (2018)

The stabilisation of new diagnoses comes after years of increased HIV testing, earlier access to HIV treatment, and increased availability of PrEP through clinical trials.

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Annual Report Snapshot (2018)

Infographic of our Annual Report for 2018.

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Not So Straight – Why AIDS Councils work in LGBTIQ Health

IN 1981 CASES OF SEVERE IMMUNE DEFICIENCY in gay men were noticed first in Los Angles and New York, and later across the USA, and the world. By early 1982 it was called GRID: “Gay Related Immune Deficiency” and half of the known cases in the USA had died. It soon became clear that GRID was not restricted to the gay community and it was renamed AIDS. By 1986, the virus was known as HIV and it was clear that it was not just a gay man’s disease. It became evident that whilst HIV does not discriminate, people do.

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Annual Report (2018)

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.

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Annual Report (2017)

It’s been another busy and rewarding year for Meridian. With a new strategic plan setting the direction, we have been working diligently to meet our ambitious objectives.

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GCPS Canberra Snapshot (2017 Edition)

The Canberra Gay Community Periodic Survey is a cross-sectional survey of gay and homosexually active men. Participants are recruited from gay venues and community events. The major aim of the survey is to provide data on sexual, drug use and testing practices related to the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmissible infections (STIs) among gay men.

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Blueprint to End HIV – Background Briefings by AFAO (2017)

Objectives:
To improve the reach, impact, efficiency and effectiveness of community-led HIV education

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Reconciliation Action Plan (2014 - 2017)

Our vision for reconciliation is to ensure Meridian is an organisation where our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, clients, volunteers, members and key stakeholders are respected, included and understood.

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Dietician Project Evaluation (2017)

Nutrition can have a big impact on a person’s health and wellbeing. This is especially so for people living with HIV, who have the additional challenge of managing the interaction between their medications and their diet, where their diet can impact the effectiveness of HIV medications.

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Blueprint to End HIV in Australia AFAO (2017)

Australia can end HIV transmission:A powerful combination of new science and decades of experience means Australia can lead the world and end the HIV epidemic.

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Annual Report (2016)

This year has been an exciting year for Meridian. After a period of change and renewal last year, this year saw Meridian undertake a major strategic planning process. This has resulted in a new Strategic Plan that will see the direction of Meridian from 2016 to 2020.

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Strategic Plan (2016 - 2020)

Our vision is to build strong, connected and supportive communities that are free of new HIV transmissions, marginalisation, discrimination and stigma.

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AIDS Garden of Reflection – Opening Statement (2016)

Canberra’s AIDS Garden of Reflection to honour the lost and boost awareness among the living.

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LGBTIQ Community Consortium Report (2016)

This report presents findings from a series of consultations undertaken by the LGBTIQ Community Consortium. Consultations were held with members of LGBITQ communities and service providers to identify unmet needs in the community, barriers to services and good practice in delivering appropriate and accessible services to people who are part of LGBTIQ population groups.

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HIV Priorities – Full Report (2016)

Recommended ACT Priorities for Action: HIV

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HIV Priorities – Abridged Report (2016)

Thirty years into the fight against HIV, Canberra is home to many people affected by the disease, directly or as friends, colleagues, family or community, and despite a strong public understanding of the cause and prevention of HIV, a number of newly-reported diagnoses are added to this community every year.

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Annual Report (2015)

This year has been one of new beginnings with a move to new premises and returning to a financially stable position. This has strengthened the focus on the Council’s ability to develop and grow  sustainably into the future. The move from Westlund House to Havelock House has provided a unique opportunity to reflect on our history, and protect the fascinating collection of local and national material which has been amassed over the Council’s last 30 years.

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Annual Report (2014)

For almost 30 years, the success of the ACT’s and Australia’s response to HIV has largely been a result of a collaborative partnership between our community, governments, researchers and health professionals. This year has again demonstrated the effectiveness of this partnership approach.

 

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ANNUAL REPORT (2013)

This year has been a big journey for the Meridian. We’ve grown in capability and capacity. We’ve reinforced strong foundations. They have been challenging but exciting times and it has been a privilege and honour to be part of that journey.

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Annual Report (2012)

We now have reasonable optimism that the end of HIV in Australia is possible in the medium term and that AIDS can be completely eliminated. Our hope comes from a raft of new evidence that supports treatment as prevention, opportunities afforded by new HIV testing technology and the huge improvements in the lives of most of those that have access to the latest medications. Whilst these advances are real, their potential will not be realised without governments political will, community support and a renewed sense of partnership.

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ANNUAL REPORT (2011)

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our 2011 Annual Report. This time last year, I was proud to announce the implementation of our new three-year Strategic Plan. One of the most important commitments we make in our plan is to ensure that we conduct an annual review of our performance against it, that we invite external stakeholders to participate in the review and that we are transparent and accountable for our performance

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Annual Report (2010)

Welcome to the Annual Report of Meridian activities for 2009 – 2010. It has been some years since we have reported on such an active year; one where so much has been accomplished.

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Sex Work Act – ACT (1992)

This is a republication of the Sex Work Act 1992 (including any amendment made under the Legislation Act 2001, part 11.3 (Editorial changes)) as in force on 10 August 2018. It also includes any commencement, amendment, repeal or expiry affecting this republished law to 10 August 2018.

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