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At Thorne Harbour Health, our organisation is comprised of two legally incorporated associations, the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) and the Gay Men’s Health Centre (GMHC). Over the years, we have had overlapping membership and worked together under a single board of directors elected by the membership of each organisation. We encourage all new members to join both organisations.

Since our formation in 1983, our members have been an integral strength of the organisation. Working together, our members ensure that we remain on track to achieve our original mandate, ‘Until the epidemic is over’, and represent the community at all levels of the Victorian response to HIV. Furthermore, our members amended our Constitution to formally acknowledge that the organisation's purpose is also to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTI communities through a range of support and services. Our work in this space includes: 

  • The development of a long term Women's Health Strategy;
  • Intimate partner and family violence;
  • Mental health and counselling support;
  • Alcohol and other Drugs services;
  • General Practice for the trans and gender diverse community;
  • Peer Support and Education programs

You can be a part of this response — to support the advocacy, campaigns, support services, fundraising, volunteering, publicity, research, and clinical work that we do.

As a member, you can:

  • Vote at the Annual General Meeting and influence constitutional change in the organisation
  • Vote to elect our Board of Directors
  • Stand for election as a Board Member, or nominate or endorse candidates for election

As a member, we keep you up to date with the latest news, give you advanced notice of upcoming events, send you a copy of the Annual Report, and you get to feel good about supporting a worthwhile cause.

All members are entitled to inspect records relating to the process and outcome of Board elections. If you would like to inspect the records please contact us at membership@thorneharbour.org or call (03) 9865 6700.

Please noteWhen lodging an application for VAC/GMHC membership, please provide a complete postal address. In accordance with the VAC/GMHC Constitution and the Associated Incorporations Reform Act, we must have an address for every person who is a member. 

We offer three membership levels to all members of the public:

  • Ordinary membership ($33/year) — Available to anybody who wishes to be a member 
  • Concession membership ($16.50/year) — Available to anybody who wishes to be a member and holds a valid concession card
  • Free membership — Available to anybody who wishes to be a member and is living with HIV

Be part of the response - 
Become a member today by clicking here to apply online!

Have you been a member recently? - Click here to renew your membership

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