History of the LGBTI Health Alliance

How the Alliance began

The Alliance was born out of a growing need for a more holistic view of LGBTI health and wellbeing. This need was first recognised at a series of national LGBTI health conferences, named Health in Difference (or HiD).

In 1996, the first HiD conference brought together community groups, individuals, policy-makers, health practitioners and academics. This group shared a small but growing awareness of the diversity of health concerns faced by LGBTI people. By 2007, at the seventh HiD conference, a national organisation with a broad focus on LGBTI Health was recommended. 

Launching the Alliance

We formally launched at Australia’s Parliament House in August 2007. The Alliance was founded by a group of community-based organisations with a HIV/AIDS focus. 

Our founding members have played key roles in LGBTI health in their respective states and across Australia. In particular, leading the community aspect of Australia’s successful response to HIV/AIDS. They saw the need for a national organisation that worked across LGBTI health issues, rather than focusing on HIV.

The Alliance today

The Alliance is now a not-for-profit public company, governed by a constitution and a Board of Governance.

Since July 2009 we have opened membership to other non-government organisations (NGOs), not-for-profit and corporate supporters, and individuals. We now have over 100 members across Australia.

Founding members

ACON Logo AIDS Council of South Australia (ACSA) Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO)
Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC) Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis & Related Diseases (TasCAHRD)
Western Australia AIDS Council (WAAC)    


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The National LGBTI Health Alliance is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people and other sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTI) people and communities.
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