LGBT Organizations Australia:
Founders Rebecca Johnson and Tanya Quakawoot formed IndigiLez Leadership and Support Group in 2008. Both women are passionate advocates for improving the lives of Indigenous lesbians and same sex attracted women. The women’s personal experiences of growing up in their respective small country communities in the Wide Bay-Burnett and Central Queensland areas have encouraged them to make a difference in the Indigenous community and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community. As young adults Rebecca and Tanya encountered extremely challenging obstacles because of their identity. Aboriginal, women and lesbian.
The founders held the first Rainbow Dreaming Retreat at Nungeena Aboriginal Women’s Corporation at the Glass House Mountains, Queensland. The purpose of the retreat was to create a culturally safe atmosphere and an appropriate learning and healing space for 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to yarn about identity, gender and sexuality in the LGBTI and Indigenous community. Most women participated in an educational workshop about raising awareness in sexual health and a yarning circle discussion.
Northern Territory AIDS Council Inc was incorporated on the 24th April 1986. In April 2003 the organisation changed it’s name to Northern Territory AIDS & Hepatitis Council Inc (NTAHC) .
We are the key non-government organisation working in the area of blood borne viruses, education and support in the Northern Territory. We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all Territorians living with blood borne viruses. Our service delivery operates from a holistic approach in accordance with the objects of the Ottawa Charter (1986), and guided by key National and Northern Territory policies and legislation.
While the Northern Territory covers a large area (1.3 million square kilometres), it is sparsely populated with approximately 233,000 people, including a significant constituency of Aboriginal people. To provide effective coverage of this area, NTAHC has offices in Darwin and Alice Springs and a single, integrated management and program structure. This management approach provides for efficient, coordinated and integrated peer-based service delivery to the priority populations identified in the suite of National blood borne virus strategies. NTAHC maintains strong links to services providing clinical care for people living with blood born viruses. Improving access to treatment is a critical factor in improving the health of people living with blood born viruses in the Northern Territory.
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