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Become a Member of VAC/GMHC

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 work 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. In addition, our members amended our Constitution to formally acknowledge that its purpose is also to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTI communities through a range of support programs 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. 

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VAC/GMHC is actually two associations. There are historical differences between the associations which were due to accessing funding in the 1980s. Currently though, VAC holds the funding contracts, GMHC holds the assets and they are governed by a joint Board. Despite GMHC’s name, we would encourage members to become members of both associations.


* Providing your email address means you give permission to VAC/GMHC (trading as Thorne Harbour Health) to email you about matters that may be of interest to members and to help reduce paper wastage. We will keep your email address secure and will not provide it to external parties. If you would like to obtain a copy of our Constitution please contact the office via enquiries@thorneharbour.org or (03) 9865 6700.
 

** Only current financial members are able to vote at the Annual General Meeting. Memberships fall due on 1st of July each year

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