MERIDIAN - Community - Health - Action
Meridian is Canberra’s leading community-controlled organisation taking action to prevent HIV, improve the health and wellbeing of people impacted by HIV and LGBTIQ+ people, and create safe and inclusive communities.
Meridian increases access to HIV and STI prevention, testing, and treatment. It conducts targeted health promotion activities, runs community events, and provides peer-led support services and activities for people living with and at risk of HIV.
Meridian works to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ people. From Rainbow Families dance parties and Encampment to service navigation and aged care programs, Meridian supports LGBTIQ+ people across their lifespans. Meridian’s Wellbeing Services provide high-quality, person-centred counselling and mental health supports. Additionally, Meridian provides education and training to increase understanding across the ACT about LGBTIQ+ communities and their health needs.
Meridian’s Sex Workers Outreach Program (SWOP) aims to prevent HIV and other STIs among Canberra’s sex work community, promote sex work as a valid occupation, and empower and support sex workers.
Meridian works with the community to celebrate and nurture their rich diversity and to strengthen their collective resilience against the adverse effects of stigma and discrimination and the impacts of minority stress.