Victoria’s preeminent LGBTIQ community controlled health service, Thorne Harbour Health will be delivering primary and allied health services to the LGBTIQ community from the Pride Centre in late 2020.
The Victorian Pride Centre Board Chair Jude Munro AO, alongside Minister for Equality, Martin Foley MP, presented Thorne Harbour Health’s President, Chad Hughes, CEO Simon Ruth, and Board member Janet Jukes with a key to the Pride Centre.
“For more than 30 years, Thorne Harbour Health has been improving the lives of LGBTIQ communities and people living with HIV – we’re proud to support them,” said Minister Foley. “The Victorian Pride Centre would not be a reality if it was not for the groundbreaking work of organisations such as Thorne Harbour Health. Its move into the Pride Centre embeds a strong historic pillar into this iconic building.”
Thorne Harbour Health (THH) has a long and established history in delivering services to LGBTIQ communities. This commitment is set to continue with THH, signing a lease to occupy just over half of the Pride Centre’s third floor, which will include the relocation of the Centre Clinic, counselling, alcohol and drug and family violence services.
“Since our establishment as a community-controlled organization in 1983, we have been dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing for the communities we serve,” said THH Board President, Chad Hughes. “Being a part of the Victorian Pride Centre helps ensure we can continue that legacy.”
In 2020, THH will also operate from new premises in Collingwood, growing the organisation’s footprint and reach with sites across Victoria and South Australia. THH’s presence in the Pride Centre ensures that the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ communities visiting the Centre will be well served.
“The Victorian Pride Centre is pleased to be welcoming Thorne Harbour Health, formerly the Victorian AIDS Council, our community’s most respected primary and allied health service to the Pride Centre,” said Victorian Pride Centre Chair, Jude Munro AO. “There is still much to be done in relation to our community’s health and well-being outcomes. THH’s presence brings great opportunities for collaboration and innovation across services.”
The Centre’s design allows for discreet access to key services located throughout the building, recognising the diverse nature of service offerings and the people accessing those services. The Pride Centre’s Board recently adopted a health and community service policy.
For more information about the Victorian Pride Centre, visit: www.pridecentre.org.au for details.
Image: Victorian Pride Centre Board members Megan Smith, Kris Kornovich; Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth; Thorne Harbour Health board member Janet Jukes; Victorian Pride Centre Chair Jude Munro; Minister for Equality Martin Foley; Thorne Harbour Health Chair Chad Hughes; and Victorian Pride Centre acting CEO Justine Dalla Riva – photo by Luke David Photography
Source: Victorian Pride Centre