Promoting Healthy Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities

Vision Statement

A future where all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men, lesbian, bisexual, sistergirl, brotherboys are valued and included in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mainstream societies.  

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have the capacity to respond effectively, rationally, strategically and sensitively to issues relating to HIV/AIDS, PLHIV, mental health, alcohol, tobacco, other drug use, youth and ageing.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals have the capacity and knowledge to make informed sexual health and lifestyles choices. Additionally, organisations offer access to culturally appropriate, affordable and accessible services through an environment free of discrimination and stigma of gay men, lesbian, bisexual, sistergirl and brotherboys.

The 2 Spirits Program aims to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men, lesbian, bisexual, sistergirls and brotherboys to increase control over and improve their health as a resource for cultural, social, economic and personal development and an important dimension of quality of life.

The 2 Spirits Program core focus is to promote community awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTI health issues through yarning circles, workshops, outreach, campaigns and 1:1 services.

Community super heroes Condoman & Lubelicious continue to promote community awareness of STIs and BBVs, PLHIV, sexuality, testing, prevention, stigma, discrimination, acceptance and support.

Promote community awareness during NAIDOC Week, National Hepatitus Week, Coming of The Light, Mabo Day, National Sorry Day, Pride, World AIDS Day and National Condom Day.

Inclusive Services Training

Deliver professional development to external organisations to develop their knowledge and skills to understand the complexities of culture, identity and sexuality and promote acceptance and inclusivity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lesbians, gay men, sistergirl and brotherboys in service provision.

Elders Forums

Conduct community Elders Forums in remote, rural and regional communities to inform Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of the impacts of STI’s & BBV’s in their communities and how they can support community based awareness and education.

Community Forums

Conduct community forums across the state to develop rapport and partnerships with community stakeholders and services to promote community awareness of sexual health, identity and sexuality and inclusivity in service provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men, sistergirl and brotherboys.

Peer Education Workshops

Our peer education aims to provide a safe network system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men, sistergirl and brotherboys of all ages and provide access to STI & HIV and other BBV education and resources.

Consultation with NGO’s, government and non-government agencies to adapt cultural identity and sexuality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men, sistergirl and brotherboys as a core feature of community development and health promotion frameworks.

Provide one-on-one support

Advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men, sistergirl, brotherboys

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTI peer support groups

Gay men

Lesbian

Bisexual

Intersex

Sistergirl

Brotherboy

We promote awareness of mental health and offer culturally appropriate support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men, sistergirl and brotherboy community members to develop resilience where we can. This includes a focus on the physical, cultural, emotional, social and professional aspects of life.

Support networks in Brisbane and Cairns

Gar’ban’djee’lum network (Brisbane) – (07) 3017 1777

Youpla Mipla Ahfla (Cairns) – (07) 4041 5154