What is health promotion?

Health promotion resources and activities are designed to help people to improve their health and well-being. HIV health promotion resources focus on improving outcomes in HIV transmission, prevention, care and management, stigma and discrimination.

Two editions of the magazine HIV Australia feature innovative HIV health promotion and education campaigns produced by and for our community since the 1980’s: Respect and resilience, and Fire in the belly.

HIV Infographics

SAHMRI has produced infographics about HIV – transmission, getting tested, prevention, and treatment. These can be used on social media, in community education, for posters, and in presentations.
Feel free to download and use our infographics.


Design your own Health Promotion POSTERS

Do you ever feel like posters designs don’t quite match your needs?
Do you want  to design your own HIV and or STI posters with your own personal touch for your community?
Use our template here to design your own health promotion posters to promote testing, access or a new program?
Our template allows you to include messages in local language, and use your own  logos as well as your own images.
We would be keen to receive copies of any posters should you design your own.

Please send to atsihaw@sahmri.com

Just follow these steps and you can design your own poster – it’s easy:

Select the messages you want from our lists
Add your own image and logo
Follow the links to create downloadable files
Presto, a poster you can print yourself!

Click here to start designing


Check out our new animations that explain the basics of HIV PrEP and STIs. Feel free to use these and share among your network.

Videos (new)

Check out the new videos below. The first one explains the basics of rapid testing and the second one is a new Crystal Love video on HIV.  Feel free to use these and share among your network.

Rapid Syphilis Testing

Crystal Love on HIV

What it means to have HIV

What it means to have HIV – A new video has been produced which aims to help patients diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to understand and manage their condition. Antiretroviral medication has been the cornerstone in transforming the HIV epidemic from an era when a HIV diagnosis meant a diagnosis with a terminal condition, to today, where HIV is regarded as a chronic but manageable condition, typically managed through a simple daily tablet regimen. The new video resource provides important information regarding living with HIV, and is essential viewing particularly for those recently diagnosed, and for people with an interest in understanding how HIV is managed today. The video was commissioned by the Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program (SHBBVP), and the project was led by Hepatitis WA with guidance provided from Aboriginal community members and health service providers.

Young Deadly Free

The Young Deadly Free website – http://youngdeadlyfree.org.au/ – is a website about Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) particularly targeted to young people in regional and remote communities. Young Deadly Free has resources for young people, clinicians and parents, Elders, teachers and other community leaders. Working with young people can help knockout STIs and BBVs. Young deadly free resources  include: Factsheetsanimations and infographics on HIV, other BBVs and STIs, what’s involved in getting tested.

‘Better to Know’

‘Better to Know’ is a website for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women. It provides detailed information on STIs, HIV, testing and treatment – in two sections, Men’s Business and Women’s Business.
Site users can receive SMS or email reminders to have a sexual health check. The site is also a practical tool for health workers and counsellors in Aboriginal health services, sexual health centres and general practice to assist patients in partner notification. Users can use the site to notify recent sexual partners that they may have been at risk of having an STI and encourage them to have a sexual health check. The notification can be made anonymously.

‘Us Mob and HIV’

Us Mob and HIV is a booklet designed to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s understanding of HIV. The booklet provides introductory information about HIV, transmission and prevention, HIV testing, HIV treatments, health monitoring and care and support needs, as well as contact details for services. Download the booklet or contact your local AIDS Council for hard copies of the booklet.

2 Spirits

The 2 Spirits program was established in 1996 as the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV/AIDS Project. The project was renamed 2 Spirits in 2009 – ‘2 Spirits’ referring to a person possessing both masculine and feminine spirits. Covering the entire state of Queensland, the program promotes the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men and sistergirl communities through sexual health promotion, campaigns, community outreach, education workshops, support and referrals.


The  Condoman campaign was developed in the late eighties in recognition of the fact that the Grim Reaper HIV awareness campaign was doing nothing to promote sexual health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Condoman is now an iconic figure and his message “Don’t Be Shame Be Game” has reached generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The image of Condoman was rebranded and updated and he is now works with his sidekick Lubelicious.

All Good

This website includes information, resources and service directories on STIs and BBVs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It includes a ‘find a service tab’ to find a local doctor, clinic or a testing centre that provides HIV testing. The website also includes links to local support services. Click on the logo to go to the website


Growing and Developing Healthy Relationships (GDHR) is a long-standing educational curriculum and teaching resource funded by the Western Australian Department of Health (WA Health). The website is designed to support WA teachers, school nurses and schools to provide positive and comprehensive sexual health and relationships education (SRE).


NACCHO (the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation), is the national peak for the more than 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations across Australia. Read more about NACCHO’s role and work.

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) deliver education and health promotion campaigns as part of their preventative health programs, including on STI, HIV and hepatitis prevention. For information about health promotion programs and resources produced by Aboriginal controlled health services, contact your state/territory Peak Aboriginal Health Organisation.

Click on the map to find the Peak Aboriginal Health Organisation in your state or territory.