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:
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:
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.
Please note: When 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9865 6700.
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 email@example.com 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