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About

We are Red Thread, the public face of the Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases (TasCAHRD). This name represents an inclusive, holistic approach to support and advocacy in Tasmania.

Red thread represents the blood flowing through all our veins; it represents life and unity, and of course, the path of blood borne disease.

Red Thread also appears in mythology: in a Greek myth, Theseus rescued himself out of the labyrinth of the minotaur by following a red thread. In Chinese mythology, the two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances.

To us, Red Thread is all of these things: it is life, connectedness and a way forward.

TasCAHRD is run by a Board of Management and is responsible for providing information, care, support and advocacy through programs such as the Nigel Mallett Housing Project and the Andrew Shaw Foundation. We provide access to a range of Tasmania services, and some on-site clinical and referral services.

Red Thread (and TasCAHRD) are here to support anyone in the community who is, or may be, affected by HIV or hepatitis.

About

We are Red Thread, the public face of the Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases (TasCAHRD). This name represents an inclusive, holistic approach to support and advocacy in Tasmania.

Red thread represents the blood flowing through all our veins; it represents life and unity, and of course, the path of blood borne disease.

Red Thread also appears in mythology: in a Greek myth, Theseus rescued himself out of the labyrinth of the minotaur by following a red thread. In Chinese mythology, the two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances.

To us, Red Thread is all of these things: it is life, connectedness and a way forward.

TasCAHRD is run by a Board of Management and is responsible for providing information, care, support and advocacy through programs such as the Nigel Mallett Housing Project and the Andrew Shaw Foundation. We provide access to a range of Tasmania services, and some on-site clinical and referral services.

Red Thread (and TasCAHRD) are here to support anyone in the community who is, or may be, affected by HIV or hepatitis.

The Nigel Mallett Housing Project

The Nigel Mallett Housing Project (NMHP) was named in honour of Nigel Mallett, a Tasmanian man who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1995. NMHP is a housing assistance scheme that currently manages four NMHP properties in Tasmania: three in Hobart and one in Launceston.

Each property is a two bedroom home designed to house clients, their partners and/or carers.

The Nigel Mallett Housing Project

The Nigel Mallett Housing Project (NMHP) was named in honour of Nigel Mallett, a Tasmanian man who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1995. NMHP is a housing assistance scheme that currently manages four NMHP properties in Tasmania: three in Hobart and one in Launceston.

Each property is a two bedroom home designed to house clients, their partners and/or carers.

Andrew Shaw Foundation

Andrew Shaw Foundation aims to:

  • Promote the health status and well-being of Tasmanian people living with HIV
  • Reduce the impact of HIV on individuals in Tasmania
  • Enhance the dignity and quality of life of Tasmanian people affected by HIV
  • Assist people in households affected by HIV
  • Encourage self-help groups of people affected by or at high risk of HIV
  • Address the causes of HIV/AIDS-related poverty in Tasmania
  • Encourage, assist, monitor and promote medical, social and scientific research into the causes, prevention and cure of HIV and HIV -related conditions
  • Promote the health of people who are at higher risk of / or living with HIV, and educate for and promote personal lifestyles which minimise the risk of transmission of HIV
  • Raise funds to achieve these objectives.

Andrew Shaw Foundation

Andrew Shaw Foundation aims to:  

  • Promote the health status and well-being of Tasmanian people living with HIV 
  • Reduce the impact of HIV on individuals in Tasmania 
  • Enhance the dignity and quality of life of Tasmanian people affected by HIV 
  • Assist people in households affected by HIV 
  • Encourage self-help groups of people affected by or at high risk of HIV 
  • Address the causes of HIV/AIDS-related poverty in Tasmania 
  • Encourage, assist, monitor and promote medical, social and scientific research into the causes, prevention and cure of HIV and HIV -related conditions 
  • Promote the health of people who are at higher risk of / or living with HIV, and educate for and promote personal lifestyles which minimise the risk of transmission of HIV 
  • Raise funds to achieve these objectives. 

Vision, Mission and Strategy

Our Vision

Working towards Zero: Blood Born Viruses (BBV), Stigma, Discrimination in Tasmania.

Our Mission

While Working in partnership with all communities towards the elimination of  Blood Borne Viruses, related Stigma and Discrimination in Tasmania, TasCAHRD provides services that promote the health and well-being of people living with, affected by or at risk of HIV and Hepatitis.

Our Values

TasCAHRD is part of a  community with shared responsibility for Blood Borne Viruses.

  •  Engaging & Empowering Partnerships
  •  Respectful & Dignified Interactions
  •  Embracing people’s lived experiences
  •  Operational Excellence

Vision, Mission and Strategy

Our Vision

Working towards Zero: Blood Born Viruses (BBV), Stigma, Discrimination in Tasmania.

Our Mission

While Working in partnership with all communities towards elimination of  Blood Borne Viruses, related Stigma and Discrimination in Tasmania, TasCAHRD provides services that promote the health and wellbeing of people living with, affected by or at risk of HIV and Hepatitis.

Our Values

TasCAHRD is part of a  community with shared responsibility for Blood Borne Viruses.

  • Engaging & Empowering Partnerships
  • Respectful & Dignified Interactions
  • Embracing people’s lived experiences
  • Operational Excellence

Our Strategic Goals

Consolidation of Services

  • A staff structure to reflect the need of the organisation
  • Upgrade physical premises to improve services
  • Refine financial & audit structure:. Transparency, Efficiency, Accountability
  • Financial Sustainability

Governance

  • Maintain quality as core value of organisational management
  • Ensure members of  key population groups are represented at board level  lived experience in Board
  • Ensure diversity of  skills across the organisation
  • Transparency
  • Clear communication

Relevance

  • Engage emerging communities in the BBV sector
  • Build strong relationships with other services relevant client outcomes
  • Improve engagement with  current members
  • Current knowledge of  Emerging trends, New developments in related social & medical fields

Sustainability

  • Position TasCAHRD within a changing communities
  • Opportunities suitable to TasCAHRD
  • Continually enhance public profile as a peak body in the BBV field
  • Diversify income streams
  • Engage volunteer workforce

Client & Community Engagement

  • Increase visibility
  • Grow client network & services
  • Develop greater statewide focus
  • Reach out to all key populations
  • Continuously enhance education & training opportunities to meet the mission of the organisation

Our Strategic Goals

Consolidation of Services

  • A staff structure to reflect the need of the organisation
  • Upgrade physical premises to improve services
  • Refine financial & audit structure:. Transparency, Efficiency, Accountability
  • Financial Sustainability

Governance

  • Maintain quality as core value of organisational management
  • Ensure members of  key population groups are represented at board level  lived experience in Board
  • Ensure diversity of  skills across the organisation
  • Transparency
  • Clear communication

Relevance

  • Engage emerging communities in the BBV sector
  • Build strong relationships with other services relevant client outcomes
  • Improve engagement with  current members
  • Current knowledge of  Emerging trends, New developments in related social & medical fields

Sustainability

  • Position TasCAHRD within a changing communities
  • Opportunities suitable to TasCAHRD
  • Continually enhance public profile as a peak body in the BBV field
  • Diversify income streams
  • Engage volunteer workforce

Client & Community Engagement

  • Increase visibility
  • Grow client network & services
  • Develop greater statewide focus
  • Reach out to all key populations
  • Continuously enhance education & training opportunities to meet the mission of the organisation

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22 hours ago

Red Thread

Red Thread acknowledges the continuing custodianship of land by Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging and the cultural and spiritual practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Yesterday was the first day of National Reconciliation Week. This year's theme is 'In This Together'. The dates remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

#NRW2020 #InThisTogether2020**National Reconciliation Week 2020**

📋 20 Ways to Get Involved: https://bit.ly/20WaysToBeInThisTogether

📍 Virtual Acknowledgment of Country: https://bit.ly/AcknowledgementEvent

❓Acknowledgement FAQs: https://bit.ly/AcknowledgementofCountry

🎤 20 Years on: Bridge Walk Panel: https://bit.ly/NRWPanel

🎵 In Concert Together: https://bit.ly/InConcertTogetherFBEvent

📺 IndigiTUBE NRW Channel: https://bit.ly/NRWIndigitube

📷Change your Profile Frame: https://bit.ly/NRW2020Frame

📚 Look for a Book during NRW: https://bit.ly/NRWLookForABook

🖍️Colouring In: https://bit.ly/NRWColouringIn

🔎 AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia: https://bit.ly/AIATSISmap

#InThisTogether2020 #NRW2020 #Reconciliation
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22 hours ago

Red Thread

Today is the launch of Australia's first LGBTIQ+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day, aiming to raise awareness of Domestic Violence (DV) in LGBTIQ+ communities, remember LGBTIQ+ victims of DV who have lost their lives, recognise LGBTIQ+ survivors, and acknowledge the struggles of those LGBTIQ+ people who may currently be in an abusive relationship. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Recent studies show that up to 62% of LGBTIQ+ people have experienced domestic violence within their relationships, yet awareness of the issue and reporting rates are still incredibly low with only 6% being reported to police.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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To learn more about @lgbti.dv.awareness.day and this year's theme #ImHereForYou , visit www.LGBTIDVAwarenessDay.com
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2 days ago

Red Thread

The TasPPL program at TasCAHRD is hosting a virtual social group for people living with HIV.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you would like to join us for a cuppa and a chat, meet new people and be socially connected, email people@tasppl.org.au to find out more or to register as a client and access the group.
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7 days ago

Red Thread

You told us and we listened! With over 300 votes, we are happy to announce Kristie Knight as the winner of the $500 People's Choice Award in the Red Thread My Still Life Photography Prize.
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We had so many fantastic entries, and want to give a big thank you to everyone who shared a snapshot of their lives during this unique time in history.
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22 hours ago

Red Thread

Red Thread acknowledges the continuing custodianship of land by Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging and the cultural and spiritual practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Yesterday was the first day of National Reconciliation Week. This year's theme is 'In This Together'. The dates remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

#NRW2020 #InThisTogether2020**National Reconciliation Week 2020**

📋 20 Ways to Get Involved: https://bit.ly/20WaysToBeInThisTogether

📍 Virtual Acknowledgment of Country: https://bit.ly/AcknowledgementEvent

❓Acknowledgement FAQs: https://bit.ly/AcknowledgementofCountry

🎤 20 Years on: Bridge Walk Panel: https://bit.ly/NRWPanel

🎵 In Concert Together: https://bit.ly/InConcertTogetherFBEvent

📺 IndigiTUBE NRW Channel: https://bit.ly/NRWIndigitube

📷Change your Profile Frame: https://bit.ly/NRW2020Frame

📚 Look for a Book during NRW: https://bit.ly/NRWLookForABook

🖍️Colouring In: https://bit.ly/NRWColouringIn

🔎 AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia: https://bit.ly/AIATSISmap

#InThisTogether2020 #NRW2020 #Reconciliation
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

22 hours ago

Red Thread

Today is the launch of Australia's first LGBTIQ+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day, aiming to raise awareness of Domestic Violence (DV) in LGBTIQ+ communities, remember LGBTIQ+ victims of DV who have lost their lives, recognise LGBTIQ+ survivors, and acknowledge the struggles of those LGBTIQ+ people who may currently be in an abusive relationship. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Recent studies show that up to 62% of LGBTIQ+ people have experienced domestic violence within their relationships, yet awareness of the issue and reporting rates are still incredibly low with only 6% being reported to police.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To learn more about @lgbti.dv.awareness.day and this year's theme #ImHereForYou , visit www.LGBTIDVAwarenessDay.com
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 days ago

Red Thread

The TasPPL program at TasCAHRD is hosting a virtual social group for people living with HIV.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you would like to join us for a cuppa and a chat, meet new people and be socially connected, email people@tasppl.org.au to find out more or to register as a client and access the group.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

7 days ago

Red Thread

You told us and we listened! With over 300 votes, we are happy to announce Kristie Knight as the winner of the $500 People's Choice Award in the Red Thread My Still Life Photography Prize.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We had so many fantastic entries, and want to give a big thank you to everyone who shared a snapshot of their lives during this unique time in history.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Magazine

Radio

BENT AIR

Thursday @ 11 A.M.

ON EDGE RADIO 99.3FM

edgeradio.org.au

facebook.com/BentAirRadio/

Listen Now