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  • Our understanding of the "LGBTI" acronym.
Who we are

History of the Alliance

Our Vision

'Healthy lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, other sexuality, and gender diverse people (LGBTI) and communities throughout Australia.'

We view health in a holistic way, encompassing physical, social and emotional wellbeing. In line with the World Health Organisation, we regard the health of individuals and communities to be determined to a significant degree by social factors.

There is evidence of significant differences in the health and wellbeing of Australians according to their sexual orientation and gender identities. LGBTI people tend to have disproportionately negative health outcomes. Research suggests that this is related to social determinants, such as experience of discrimination, which is also related to reduced access to appropriate health care.

Click here to find out more about our understanding of the "LGBTI" acronym.

Who we are

We are a coalition of organisations from across Australia which provide health-related programs, services and research targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and other sexuality, sex and gender diverse people (LGBTI).

We acknowledge and value diversity. While not seeking to speak 'for everyone', we understand  "LGBTI"  as an abbreviation, inclusive of all sexuality, sex and gender diverse people, and will work with any organisation that shares our objectives and wishes to engage with us.

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Our Strategic Goals and Objectives

Our goals are to facilitate:

  • a national agenda for LGBTI health and wellbeing
  • advocacy with a national voice on LGBTI health needs at a national level
  • political commitment to the support of LGBTI health 
  • access to national funding for LGBTI health projects
  • the sharing of information and resources to build capacity in the LGBTI health sector
  • the identification of social determinants that have health implications for LGBTI communities.

Our work on the above strategic goals and our priority areas for action is defined in our strategic framework, which forms the basis for our detailed operational planning and our assessment of progress.

 

Download our Strategic Plan 2012-2015

 

Download our Strategic Framework 2010-2013.

 

 

 

A brief history of the Alliance

Originating out of community-based organisations with an HIV/AIDS focus, the Alliance is one of the first organisations of its kind in the world. We formally launched at Australia’s Parliament House in August 2007.

Our founding members have played a key role in LGBTI health in their respective states and across Australia, particularly leading the community aspect of Australia’s successful response to HIV/AIDS. They saw the need for a national organisation that works more broadly across LGBTI health issues, rather than focussing specifically on HIV.

In 2008 we began to put in place legal, organisational and personnel structures to establish an independent, national membership-based organisation. The Alliance is now a not-for-profit public company, governed by a constitution and a board of Directors.

In July 2009 we opened membership to other non-government organisations working within LGBTI health and broader LGBTI issues, not-for-profit and corporate supporters, and individuals. Prior to that, however, we were already working collaboratively with a range of partner organisations to pursue our objectives.

As a learning organisation, we strive to continually develop, change and adapt in response to the needs of our members and the wider communities that they represent.

 

Founding members of the Alliance:

 


Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV)

Queensland Association for Healthy Communities(QAHC)

 


AIDS Action Council of the ACT (AACACT)

Western Australia AIDS Council (WAAC)

AIDS Council of South Australia (ACSA)

Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre (VAC/GMHC)

AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON)

Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis & Related Diseases (TasCAHRD)

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations(AFAO)

Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council(NTAHC)

 

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