ACON is Australia’s largest not-for-profit lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) health organisation established in 1985 at the height of the HIV epidemic. 

Today ACON's Pride Training provides a wide range of training and consultancy services to assist you with all aspects of inclusion and diversity. 

We are Australia’s largest and most recognised national provider for promoting inclusion and diversity, operating across all states. We have a range of solutions to suit organisations of any size, healthcare and service providers, large employers, small business and community groups. 



Joe Lonn (he/him)

Joe Lonn is the manager of training services development with ACON Pride Training. He relocated to Sydney in 2017 from New York City but spent most his life in Denver, Colorado. Joe brings world-class training knowledge gained during the provision of training sessions throughout his career across a diverse set of industries including hospitality, aged care, consumer goods, health and academia. He specialises in developing through co-design, implementing, and facilitating professional development and training programs utilising advanced learning solutions, tools, and technologies. Joe holds a Master's in Business Operations from Regis University and a Bachelor of Science from Johnson & Wales University. He volunteers for the Community Visitors Scheme and is very active in both the LGBTQ community and professional training and development industry.




With over 30 years of in-depth expertise in gender and sexuality diverse health training and professional development, ACON offers a comprehensive suite of programs to suit individual and organisation/client needs. 

We provide learning and development programs to assist health and community organisations in increasing their knowledge of people with diverse genders and sexualities, their communities and health priorities. 

Organisational cultural change is best achieved when there is whole organisation commitment that supports a shared vision of practice changes. Our training increases understanding of gender and sexuality diverse communities and their needs, while providing practical strategies that can be adopted to improve the experience of people with a diverse gender and/or sexuality accessing your organisation’s services. 

We recognise that having a greater understanding of inclusive practices helps to create a more welcoming environment for people with a diverse gender and/or sexuality and their communities, leading to better health outcomes. 


Our learning and development offerings use a variety of activities, media and training resources to engage with participants. Specialising in co-design with community members we aim to address the unique needs of our communities with lived experiences.

ACON’s training offerings are highly interactive with an emphasis on practical skills development, application to own practice, and peer-driven stories.
Our in-person, eLearning and webinar training options may include any or all of the following:

  • Presentation of key concepts
  • Facilitated group processes and activities
  • Quizzes
  • Case studies
  • Group discussion
  • Experiential activities/role-plays


Health & wellbeing services  ▪ Service providers ▪ Community organisations ▪ Departments ▪ Councils ▪ General Practitioners ▪ Mental health service providers ▪ AOD support services ▪ Support workers ▪ Care providers ▪ Social workers ▪ Licensed providers ▪ Peer support ▪ Aged Care workers ▪ Sexual assault services ▪ Cancer Services