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VAC is leading our community in the fight against HIV and STIs. The charity works to confront the continuing challenges of the HIV epidemic and, increasingly, the overall health and wellbeing of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) community. 

VAC works to strengthen the independence, dignity, health and wellbeing of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and the LGBTI community; reduce the transmission of HIV and STIs; and enhance health outcomes for PLHIV. In particular, VAC is invested in bringing the AIDS epidemic to an end.

Through a membership donation, together we can make a substantial difference to the quality of life of people living with HIV in Victoria and work towards reducing the prevalence of HIV in our community. By making a tax-deductable donation to us, you will be helping fund all the services and activities we provide;

  • HIV risk reduction education campaigns
  • Counselling services
  • A safe and comfortable space to access essential practical and emotional support services
  • Credible and up-to-date information on HIV
  • Specialist medical practitioners, who provide bulk bill testing and treatment
  • Emergency financial relief including food, clothing and furniture
  • In-home care and support
  • Therapeutic treatments and groups

VAC relies on the generosity of its supporters to continue a number of vital projects and activities, so every cent you donate helps make a difference.

Victorian AIDS Council Donation Program

The following exciting new VAC initiatives have been nominated for the 2016/2017 donation program.  We encourage you to dig deep and partner with us in these valuable projects.  Your 100% tax deductible donation will change lives and assist people living with HIV and members of LGBTI communities to know that they are valued and supported.

VACountry Program

The Victorian AIDS Council is proud to introduce VACountry, our Bendigo-based program serving the Loddon Mallee Region.  We are engaging with LGBTI and other communities to address stigma and discrimination, with a focus on prevention of blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.  VACountry will also provide a range of support for people living with and affected by HIV and viral Hepatitis. 

With your support over the coming few months we hope to have a vibrant program running from the Community Hub space at 34 Myers Street, Bendigo. We currently have a weekly drop-in and morning tea group running at the centre, this provides vital social and peer support for people living in the region who need free information or support. The program is focusing on the development of health promotion activities, peer education and social support groups for LGBTI people and community support programs for people living with HIV.  In 2016, workshops are planned for young gay men, healthy relationships, HIV-prevention technologies such as PrEP, drug use in the community as well as new treatment options for Hepatitis C.

VACountry will also be delivering inclusive practice training across the region to support organisations to develop services that are inclusive of LGBTI people and to educate the community around blood-borne virus prevention, treatment and support.

Rainbow Connection

VAC’s Community Support Program has developed a new project to extend support to older members of the LGBTI community.

The project, called Rainbow Connection, builds on more than 30 years of experience in providing volunteer support to people living with HIV. Now, for the first time, this support is available to the broader LGBTI community.

Rainbow Connection aims to assist older members of the LGBTI community who are socially isolated by linking them to volunteers from their community. For people living in their own home, the support aims to improve their quality of life and to help them to remain independent. For people in an aged care home, Rainbow Connection addresses the disconnection from their community that many LGBTI clients experience in this situation.

Rainbow Connection volunteer support includes visits to the cinema, outings for morning or afternoon tea, group social functions and home visits for a cup of tea and a chat.

Any person in the LGBTI community who is 55 years or over may apply for support from Rainbow Connection, and LGBTI volunteers of all ages are welcome to join the support team.

The needs of ageing members of the LGBTI community have been the subject of a lot of discussion over many years. Now your support for Rainbow Connection can help VAC to make a real difference in this area. 

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