Our vision is to build strong, connected and supportive communities that are free of new HIV transmissions, marginalisation, discrimination and stigma.
Our mission is to work with individuals, communities and partner organisations to: virtually eliminate new HIV transmissions by 2020; provide support for individuals and families living with and impacted by HIV; and build a strong and safe community that is free of discrimination, marginalisation and stigma.
We believe our work is part of a shared community response for HIV and AIDS. In doing this work we value Respect, Inclusiveness, Partnership, Leadership and Empowerment. We do this by honouring people’s stories, valuing our history and treating everyone with dignity.
- People living with HIV
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Queer communities
- Trans and Intersex communities
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- People in custodial settings
- Gay men and men who have sex with men
- Sex workers
- People who inject drugs
- Partner organisations working in similar areas
- People from high-prevalence countries and their partners
HOW WE WORK
- We recognise the commitment made by communities and governments in Australia and globally to create a world without HIV transmission and recognise the importance of working with community partners to achieve this goal.
- We recognise the central role we play in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) communities. We work with other partner organisations to ensure LGBTIQ people access services, have their human rights recognised, are a valued part of the community and live without discrimination or stigma.
- We provide practical support to the communities we work with, embedding our programs and services in the broader ACT community and locating them in environments and spaces that communities own and support.
- We acknowledge and value the knowledge and expertise that comes from lived experience, employing peer-based approaches to share this expertise. In using these approaches, we commit to nurturing and supporting individuals and communities to reach their potential.
- We complement our peer-based approach with an evidence-based approach to ensure our programs and services are founded on latest research and respond to emerging needs of the communities we work with.
- We contribute to policy development processes and undertake advocacy to ensure the issues affecting the communities we work with are a priority for the community, the ACT and the country.
- We value the legacy and the history of the AIDS Action Council as an organisation established and led by volunteers and commit to ensuring volunteers, members and allies continue to be central to the work of Meridian now and into the future.
- We value the work of other partners working on the issues we care about. We enter partnership arrangements with a commitment to collaborate, recognise expertise, build capacity and nurture professional and supportive relationships.
- We recognise the importance of sustainability, including ensuring Meridian runs professionally and sustainably, and we build capacity in the organisation and the communities we work with.