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Autumn 2009

Community exhibition Hep C treatments survey NSP peer resource review New! hep C groups TasCAHRD Community Update


Contact The Council Staff Kevin Marriott Chief Executive Officer kmarriott@tascahrd.org.au Jude O’Day HIV/AIDS Care and Support Coordinator hiv@tascahrd.org.au Tania Hunt Harm Reduction Coordinator nsp@tascahrd.org.au Amanda Walker Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator mail@tascahrd.org.au Brian Morris MAN2MAN Program Coordinator M2M@tascahrd.org.au Carolyn Hay Hep C Officer hepc@tascahrd.org.au Mandy Wilton Harm Reduction Officer mwilton@tascahrd.org.au Lee Eggleston Client Support Officer leggleston@tascahrd.org.au

CONTENTS Familiar Faces .......................................................................................................... 2 From the CEO .......................................................................................................... 3 New Positive Women’s Group ................................................................................. 3 TasCAHRD hits the Northern beaches ..................................................................... 4 Involving consumers in NSP ..................................................................................... 4 News from the President .......................................................................................... 5 Community Exhibition ............................................................................................... 6/7 Raising Awareness ................................................................................................... 6/7 A Report on Hepatitis C Treatment........................................................................... 8 New! Hep C Groups ................................................................................................. 8 Centrelink to recognise same sex relationships........................................................ 9 News from Scarlet Alliance ....................................................................................... 9 Nutrition for Life Clinics ............................................................................................. 10 Training and Workshop Calendar ............................................................................. 10 Community & Social Contacts .................................................................................. 11

Barry Scott Administration Officer mail@tascahrd.org.au Likita Marley Harm Reduction Officer lmarley@tascahrd.org.au Tanya Zollner Harm Reduction Officer tzollner@tascahrd.org.au TasCAHRD Contact Details: 319 Liverpool Street, Hobart 7000 GPO Box 595, Hobart 7001 T: 03 6234 1242 F: 03 6234 1630 E: mail@tascahrd.org.au W: www.tascahrd.org.au

Pages 6-7 Featuring images highlighting the Community Exhibition held at Mawson Place Waterside Pavilion. The exhibition was made possible by The Regional Arts Fund, an Australian Government initiative delivered in partnership with Tasmanian Regional Arts. TasCAHRD again extends their appreciation to John X for his support of AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day 2008

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Information and Support Line 1800 005 900 Reader Response Your comments or experiences in regard to any articles in the Community Update Newsletter are welcome. Call, write or email. Views expressed in this newsletter (or within flyers enclosed) are not necessarily those of the Tasmanian Council of AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases Inc. (TasCAHRD) Neither are such views necessarily those of our funding body. Contributions are welcomed subject to editing for spacing and clarity. Contributors should supply their contact details—although we do not publish such details unless asked. We’re happy for people to reprint information from this newsletters provided that the Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases and any particular author/s where such exist are credited. This permission does not apply to any graphics or cartoons. Many of these are not subject to public domain and must not be reprinted without permission of original artists/publishers.

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From the Chief Executive Officer Welcome to the autumn edition of Community Update. As always the TasCAHRD team have been hard at it delivering our services and working with the community to build upon this. In this issue you will see we have focused considerable resources into a presence in the North West of Tasmania. We have continued to build relationships with the community in the North West over the past three and half years. Brian’s article highlights some of this work. We have also been building relationships with Aboriginal health services and this recently saw Tania and Carolyn deliver training with the Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation. We have also worked with Hobart based services in regard to injecting drug use and access to injecting equipment. At present the team is working on a number of projects which include peer based groups for people living with hepatitis C; the roll out of a campaign which will reinforce the importance of condom use and sexual health testing among gay men and other men who have sex with men; and a trial of clinical sessions for Needle & Syringe Program consumers. Of course, we also have Hepatitis Awareness Week

commencing on May 19, World Hepatitis Day. While we continue to look forward in our program development we are doing so in a rather uncertain environment. The political and economic environment has experienced significant change in the last six months. As well as the global economic crisis now having an influence on government funding there has been significant change within the Tasmanian Government framework for the funding of community sector organisation. The formation of the Officer of the Community Sector, while welcomed, has come along at the same time as changes in the way the Australian Government provides health funding to the states. At the time of writing this article it continues to be unclear how previously ring-fenced money for HIV and hepatitis C projects will be provided to the State and Territory Governments. We do know that this will occur through the Australian Health Care Agreements, however what outcome measures are included regarding HIV or hepatitis C is important in ensuring the Tasmanian Government appropriately resources projects for both. The existing service agreements TasCAHRD has with the government for hepatitis C and the Needle & Syringe Program both end on 30 June this year. Our Sexual Health (HIV projects) agreement is effective through to June 2010.

Along with the uncertainty around future resources the process for establishing State based service agreements for our existing services are likely to change. Effectively these changes should improve accountability and are hoped to improve the quality of community sector services through the introduction of Integrated Finance and Performance and Quality and Safety Frameworks evident in new service agreements. It is understood most will also be multi-year agreements which will allow improved continuity and ability to plan further ahead. While the devil will no doubt be in the detail TasCAHRD believes the changes are for the better in the long run. We also believe we are well placed to comply with the new model following our current accreditation with the Quality Improvement Council. This may not be the case for numerous smaller or less structured organisations. Within this environment we are going to find the development of the 2009/10 budget and Business Plan a challenge, but hey – what’s new! Given recent talk of the global economic crisis impact on the funds available to government and changes in processes we still have no word on whether funding is going to increase or decrease for some existing projects. Challenging times! Kevin Marriott Chief Executive Officer

Positive Women’s Group Lunch new social group for HIV positive women is starting in May.

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is currently without a client representative.

The first meeting will be a lunch hosted by TasCAHRD’s Care and Support Program and will be free-of-charge to women living with HIV/AIDS. Assistance with bus transport is also available to those who do not live in Hobart. If you are interested in attending this event or would like more information please contact Jude O’Day on 62341242 or via email at hiv@tascahrd.org.au

It is very important to us that we have client reps to assure that we keep our projects relevant to people living with HCV. • Interested? • Please contact Carolyn on

1300 437 222

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TASCAHRD Hits the Northern Beaches TasCAHRD is in the process of developing a health promotion initiative on the North West coast of Tasmania addressing a rise in syphilis notifications in the area. These notifications predominantly occurred in the summer months of 2007/08 and it appears gay men/MSM that frequent beats on the NW Coast are most at risk. This obviously has implications for potential HIV acquisition. The TasCAHRD North West Coast STI Project Working Party has met twice in connection with the project so far. Members of this working party include the Sexual Health Service, Cradle Coast Authority, Devonport City Council, General Practice North West, Working It Out North West, Women’s Health North West as well as a local GLBTI community representative. Separate meetings have been held with the Spirit of Tasmania in relation to health promotion among people commuting between Melbourne and

Devonport. Initial discussions have occurred with the Victorian AIDS Council in connection with possible collaborative work on some aspects of the project. A group of local beat users have been identified , who are happy to be interviewed and to contribute or participate in the project. The project poses the unique challenge of tackling a sensitive and serious health problem amongst gay men/MSM in an area renowned for its degree of homophobia. Proposed project activities at this stage include the following: 







Toilet block poster display at beat locations Erection of a community services notice board featuring health-related service organizations on the beachfront foreshore

ferry terminal toilet blocks both in Melbourne & Devonport 





Poster display in local Devonport hotel toilet blocks Health promotion resource material display on board Spirit of Tasmania Participation in the Spirit of Tasmania’s health week activities

The aim of the project is not to stop beat use but rather to promote safe sexual practices amongst beat users. Posters and health promotion materials will be encouraging the use of safe sex practices and reinforcing the importance of regular sexual health checks. If anyone would like more information regarding the project or has any suggestions please contact Brian Morris on 6234 1242 or email m2m@tascahrd.org.au

Poster display in all staff & public toilets aboard the Spirit of Tasmania

Brian Morris M2M Coordinator

Poster display in Spirit of Tasmania

Involving Consumer’s in NSP Consumer involvement in program planning and development continues to be a focus for staff in the Harm Reduction Program. The team is currently working on a project with Needle & Syringe Program (NSP) consumers to review existing program resources. The aim of the project is to determine the effectiveness of current resources in conveying harm reduction messages to consumers as well as identifying gaps in information. It’s important that the program offers relevant information to meet the health needs of NSP consumers and what better way to find out, than to ask the consumers themselves! In order to find out what works well, and not so well, a small consumer focus group was formed to review twenty resources. The group reviewed the language, graphics and layout of each resource, taking into consideration the following;

How relevant is the content? How easy is the content to understand? Is the resource easy to read? Are the graphics appealing? Is the size of the resource suitable? NSP staff are in the process of collating feedback from the focus group, which

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will ultimately inform resource distribution through the program and future resource development initiatives to meet the health needs of Tasmanian injecting drug users. NSP consumers have also been involved in program planning and development through actively participating in the Harm Reduction Program Advisory Group (PAG). We have been extremely fortunate to have a consumer representative and two AIVL delegates attend meetings to represent the needs of Tasmanian injecting drug users. As a result of direct consumer participation, members of PAG were informed of an emerging practice among injecting drug users that had the potential to transmit blood borne viruses and bacterial infections. This information enabled TasCAHRD and The Link Youth Health Service to embark on a coordinated campaign though the NSP outlets to address the issue and reduce drug related harm. Without consumer participation this issue may not have been addressed! In addition, the Harm Reduction team is in the process of advocating for consumer participation/representation on the Department of Health & Human Services NSP Working Party Group. This group, comprising of key representatives from the government

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and non government sector, meet on a quarterly basis to discuss strategic directions of Tasmanian NSPs. Consumer participation at a systems level provides an opportunity for programs to identify and address barriers to achieving optimum health outcomes for individuals that may otherwise be overlooked. TasCAHRD has submitted two recommendations to the NSP Working Group for consideration including; 1. that the NSP Working Group establishes a role for consumer participation to contribute to the strategic direction of the Tasmanian Needle and Syringe Program 2. that continual quality improvement mechanisms are implemented to support existing NSP operational guidelines and practice standards with regard to consumer participation. Consumer participation on the NSP Working Party Group will enhance existing continual quality improvement processes and assist in achieving optimum health outcomes for individuals and wider community. Tania Hunt Harm Reduction Coordinator


News from the President In February 2007 TasCAHRD was approached to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with other AIDS Councils and several other LGBT service providers across Australia to form a National LGBT Health Alliance with the aim to provide a national voice about programs, services and research in the area of LGBT health and HIV/AIDS. Originally TasCAHRD declined the offer as we had not had sufficient time to consult at a local level and did not wish to assume to represent theTasmanian LGBT community.

“A National Alliance for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Health Issues” Recently TasCAHRD was again approached to become a founding member of the Alliance in the formation of a not-for-profit public company, governed by a constitution and a Board of Directors. The TasCAHRD Board accepted the request to join as a founding member to ensure Tasmanian representation and participation from the outset, with the knowledge that the Alliance will be opening up membership to other relevant organisations in the near future. The Board made this decision based on the alignment between our objectives with those of the proposed Alliance

constitution, and on TasCAHRD’s capacity to participate in national meetings of the Alliance. At this stage, being formed mostly by AIDS Councils, Alliance meetings are timed to coincide and aligned with other national meetings attended by the TasCAHRD CEO. We acknowledge that TasCAHRD does not work in all areas of LGBT health but does have a significant role as it relates to HIV and STIs. Mental health, drug and alcohol use and access to health services are also familiar to TasCAHRD through our work with LGBT clients. TasCAHRD is committed to communicating with and working in partnership with all the local LGBT organisations and groups relating to activities from the Alliance and also to inform input into the work of the Alliance. TasCAHRD would also encourage others to become members when the opportunity arises. The National LGBT Health Alliance is currently establishing a website (www.lgbthealth.org.au) that will soon provide more information about the work of the Alliance.  

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The Board extends its appreciation to staff members, Kevin Marriott, Amanda Walker and Barry Scott, to Treasurer Anne Sheehan and Public Officer, Sally McLoughlin for the work conducted over past months in bringing this major change into operation. Ian Moore

TasCAHRD Accounts Come Home In May last year, the Board resolved to resume in-house management of TasCAHRD accounting functions. This is a change in the practice of the last fifteen years where most of the accounts management has been outsourced. The impetus for the change has been building over a number of years and is only partly due

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A recent increase in administrative staff hours due to a realignment of non-client functions (such as AIDS Awareness Week activities) from service delivery to administrative staff, also increased administrative staff capacity for other work such as accounting. Following training of selected staff in new accounting software, TasCAHRD account functions moved back in-house in March.

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“… I feel so very alone…” A Report on Hepatitis C Treatment This survey, about treatment experiences was conducted in late 2008 after running a snapshot questionnaire in early 2008. Respondents were accessed through Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) outlets. Indications from the snapshot were that many respondents did not know treatment was available for hepatitis C and a lack of support services was a barrier to beginning and completing treatment. The purpose of the follow-up survey was to examine the experiences of people living with hepatitis C in seeking and obtaining treatment for hepatitis C, and the barriers they may face in doing so. TasCAHRD engaged ERS Consultancies P/L to assist in the planning, implementation and writing of this report. Executive summary Hepatitis C (HCV) notifications in Tasmania have increased in the last two reporting periods. Despite this, the uptake of treatment for hepatitis C

remains low. From the current data available it appears the rate of treatment in Tasmania is below the national average of two percent. This report examines the social factors which impact on the decision to undergo treatment for hepatitis C. The present data indicates that infected and at risk populations are not always receiving current, accurate advice regarding hepatitis C treatment. In particular, there appears to be a deficiency of knowledge about HCV amongst General Practitioners, the front line in health care. Discrimination and stigma, the fear of and reality, was identified by survey participants as a barrier to accessing health care. A lack of support prior to and during treatment was also identified as a contributing factor. People undergoing treatment report serious difficulties and isolation. Side effects of HCV treatment can be debilitating and may include flu like symptoms, mild to severe depression,

mood swings and an exacerbation of pre-existing conditions (e.g. arthritis). A good support network and community understanding are therefore essential components in encouraging more people to start, and finish, treatment. Recommendations to this report 1. Increase community awareness and education; 2. Increase resources dedicated to education about hepatitis C in the service sector; 3. Increase support for people considering or undergoing treatment by: a) increasing funding for specialized Liver clinics in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie to accommodate increased staffing hours for Liver Clinic nurses; and b) funding a two year pilot hepatitis C treatment support project. Carolyn Hay Hepatitis C Project officer

New! Hep C Groups Ever felt isolated because of living with hepatitis C? Ever wanted to know more about managing the effects of hep C? Then this free group could be for you! These new groups are based on the view that you are an expert on your life and good management of chronic conditions like hep C come from a partnership between you and your health care providers. Activities will include: •

identifying and sharing existing skills and knowledge; and •

setting goals for improved health outcomes.

The groups are only suitable for people currently living with hep C

For more information and to register by March 30th please ring Carolyn on 1300 437 222 Groups are to be conducted in the south, north and north-west for people living with hepatitis C. Refreshments provided

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The Australian Government has amended a number of laws to eliminate discrimination against same sex couples and their children in a wide range of areas, including social security, taxation, Medicare, veteran’s affairs, workers’ compensation, educational assistance, superannuation, family law and child support. Centrelink will recognise same-sex relationships when assessing payment rates. Does this effect you? The Centrelink reforms commence on 1 July 2009. Same-sex couples are not currently recognised as a couple for social security or family assistance purposes. A person who has a same-sex de facto partner is currently treated as a single person. The reforms ensure that same-sex couples are recognised as a couple. Consequently, a same-sex couple will receive the same rate of social security and family assistance payments as an opposite-sex couple. Effectively , these reforms may reduce certain Centrelink entitlements and rates of payments same-sex couples currently receive. For more information: W: centrelink.gov.au or P: 13 62 80

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News from Scarlet Alliance Across Australia there are many examples of successful sex worker community development strategies. Networking and capacity development have helped to increase a sense of community among sex workers. Other examples can include mobilising sex workers to coordinate, develop and participate in; art, performance, publications, conferences, research, skill sharing opportunities etc. Community development strategies offer opportunities to build strong and healthy partnerships, and assist our aim to address systemic discrimination and oppression of sex workers. As our communities are strengthened so is our ability to inform policy and participate in Government consultation processes. This will continue to assist with building bridges with the broader community, increasing awareness of the issues impacting on our work and lives as well as affecting change over high levels of stigmatization. Sex workers need facilitated opportunities to:

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• share skills and strategies related to implementing and negotiating safe sex, addressing elements impacting upon safe work places and spaces (new worker training & information); • develop links and supportive peer networks; • facilitating an opportunity for sex workers working together to address stigma and discrimination (parades, magazines);

• engage with HIV/AIDS and STI messages over sustained periods by contextualizing messages to a sex workers work and within broader; and • topics relevant to sex workers (B&D workshops, tax and legal info sessions, language and skills development training, multimedia and art workshops). Community based development means that sex workers become both skilled peer educators as well as being able to educate their clients. Sex workers within Australia educate others by example within their workplace, thus educating the wider community who access their services. Community development is a key element to Australia’s successful response to HIV: sex workers have adopted high levels of condom usage as well as developing specific skills to negotiate safe sex practices with clients - who are largely uneducated in regards to HIV and STIs. The Australian experience of community development has demonstrated that education does create safe sex practices. Sex workers need the opportunity to take ownership of their profession whether that is long term or transient, ensuring maximum holistic health benefits. The benefits to the wider community include improved public health outcomes and sexual and reproductive health outcomes. For more information please go to the Scarlet Alliance website at www.scarletalliance.org.au

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‘Nutrition for Life Clinics’ Good nutrition and weight maintenance are extremely important for people living with HIV. The vitamins, nutrients and energy that nutritious foods provide can help stave off illness. Maintaining weight, and preventing the loss of muscle mass (called lean body mass), bolsters general health and the body's ability to fight disease. Jenny McDonald is an accredited Dietitian who is sponsored by Merck Sharp & Dohme. Jenny conducts ’Nutrition for Life Clinics’ every three months at Royal Hobart Hospital Ambulatory Care Clinic. These clinics are free-of-charge for HIV positive people living in Tasmania.

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Hep C Info Line

1300 437 222 hepc@tascahrd.org.au If you have been at risk of just been diagnosed with hep C, and you’d like to talk to someone about it, give us a call. Whether you’d like information or just a chat, we’re here. It’s confidential & it’s free.

When attending the clinic, you will need to bring along recent blood test results and a list of your medications. To book an appointment with Jenny McDonald, please contact the Care and Support Program on (03) 6234 1242 or 1800 005 900 or via email at hiv@tascahrd.org.au.

Jenny can ensure that your strategy for coping with nutrition and exercise is checked and adapted to suit your body's changing needs and side effects being experienced from medications. Jenny has extensive knowledge of HIV/ AIDS and treatments and has been working with HIV positive people for 20

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years. Jenny is a member of the Treatments Officers Network (TON), a group that meets to discuss issues that are affecting HIV positive people. TON is facilitated by the National Association of People Living with AIDS (NAPWA) and the AIDS Treatment Project Australia (ATPA).

You can refer to the following web link for more detailed information on Good Nutrition and Living with HIV - http:// www.thebody.com/content/living/ art5031.html

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Training & Workshop Calendar 2009 Event

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COURSE: Approved Health Care April – November 2009 Worker Programme

When

North, North-West, South

$200

Sexual Health Service

WORKSHOP: Positive Speaker Training

Hobart

Tuesday 12th May

Sonya Dercksen (03) 6233 3557 TasCAHRD Jude (03) 6234 1242

WORKSHOP: Brain and Develop- Friday 4th September ment Psychopathology Wednesday 9th September

Launceston

$145

Burnie

Ph (02) 9949 9407

Wed 2nd Sept

Launceston

Tues 8th Sept

Burnie:

Tues 15th September

Glenorchy

WORKSHOP: Random Acts Of Counselling

Monday 7th Sept

Burnie

Monday 14th September

Glenorchy

COURSE: Primary Tool BoxSexuality and Relationships Education

Tuesday 21 April 9am-12pm Family Planning Training Room 2 Midwood St. New Continues Tuesday 28 April Town 9am-12pm

$120

COURSE: Secondary Tool BoxSexuality and Relationships Education

Tuesday 5 May 9am-12pm

Family Planning Training Room 2 Midwood St. New Town

$120

COURSE: A.S.I.S.T

Sat/Sun May 2 & 3

Launceston

$220

WORKSHOP: Mental Health: Myths, Madness and Medicine

Continues Tuesday 12 May 9am-12pm

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Fri/Sat May 22 & 23 Training Fri/Sat July 31 & August 1

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P&P Training & Consultancy

$145

P&P Training & Consultancy Ph (02) 9949 9407

$145

P&P Training & Consultancy Ph (02) 9949 9407 Manager of Education PH: 6228 5422 Manager of Education PH: 6228 5422 Living Works

North West

Parakaleo: 6423 3181

Hobart

Or Annette Rockliff: 0417 320 861


Social Contacts and Events Barcode @ Café Central: 76 St John St, Launceston, Friday nights from 8.30pm $5 entry Black Prince Hotel: Happy hour Friday afternoons 5.30 – 7.30 Borderlines: Edge Radio, Hobart's sexuality and gender issue show, every Wed 2-3pm Coven: gothic alternative nightclub at Halo- see Lalaland Diva Bar: 60 Argyle Street, Hobart – Open Fri & Sat 9pm till late League of Gentlemen: Greater Launceston/East Coast, North West, West Coast, Huon, Channel & Bruny Island Chapters Julian Punch- 6239 6606 or e: julian@logtas.org Flamingos Dance Club: 251 Liverpool St, 2nd level- open Fri & Sat nights, check out www.myspace.com/flamingosbar Fruity Bits: Launceston based-Contact Jane at Working It Out - 6334 4013 Lalaland: 1st Saturday month upstairs at Halo 37A Elizabeth St Mall 10pm-5 $10/8, enter Purdy’s Lane ph: 0408 328 456 La Privelage: Lesbian club >35’s Friday nights at Soak/Kaos $5 Country Network: An Australia wide organisation offering hospitality and friendship Phone Dave Arnold on 6228 4166 or go to www.countrynetwork.com.au Soak@Kaos: café and lounge bar at 237 Elizabeth Street SAFE (Spirituality and Faith Exploration) Group: for people exploring their spirituality, call Joc on 62286715 or email: safetas@gmail.com The Lounge: Lesbian and bi women’s meeting place, every 2nd & 4th Tues at Hobart Women's Health Centre The Duke Hotel: Cnr Macquarie and Barracks Streets, Hobart Trade Hotel: 4 Barrack Street, Hobart Open from 11.30am til late, 7am til late Friday and Saturday Wellington Wanderers: Michael 0418 590 262 or Richard 6223 2690 or Juliet 6278 3184 or Michael 6234 2946 GPO Box 1872, Hobart 7001 or e: wellingtonwanderers@yahoo.com.au Saturday 24th November: The Deloraine Big Band 1940’s theme night 1st Saturday every month: 11am-1pm brunch for women at Deloraine Deli- booking name “Ros” 1st December: Dance party in Launceston e: donla_1@hotmail.com 15th December: Christmas Party, Hobart – venue to be announced TasPride Festival: 1-16 Nov 08 Festival Program available from the website www.taspride.com

Community Contact Information Working It Out: Offices -North West- 6432 3643 Sharon North- 6334 4013 Jane and South- 6231 1200 Susan or email: info@workingitout.org.au ECQLS East Coast Queer Life Support Group - North East GLBTIQ group e: ecqls@gmail.com.com GLC: email: glcgeneral@glctas.org Web: www.glctas.org Gay Info Line Recorded message service 6234 8179 Graeme Boughton (RN PCN) Erectile & Sexual Dysfunction Nurse, at RHH ph: 6222 8636 or 0417 012 075 Indigo Solutions: alternative therapies and treasure for the alternative soul PFFLAG: Els - 6234 2372 or Gail- 6440 7140 or email: pflagtas@yahoo.com.au TasUnity: Pat—6344 2357 Q-Soc: Kristal- 0404 331 775 or email: queerep@yahoo.com.au QueerTas: email: queertas-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.au Taswomania: www.groups.yahoo.com/group/taswomania Bi Tasmania: 0401 054 003 Transisters: www.yahoo.com/group/transisters TGLRG: 6224 3556 or www.tglrg.org or via www.rodneycroome.id.au Hobart Women’s Health Centre: 25 Lefroy Street, North Hobart or phone: 6231 3212 WILLOW: Launceston based—contact Jane at Working It Out, North 6334 4013 Sexual Health Service: 1800 675 859 Family Planning Tasmania: 6228 5422 Relationship Registration: www.relationshipstasmania.org.au

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