Sharing the Journey is a short film interviewing a range of people living with HIV about their experiences with diagnosis, work, stigma and discrimination, relationships and treatment.
Each person offers a unique perspective on what it is like to live with HIV, the challenges they have faced, and what the future looks like.
On the 15th June, the film was premiered for staff, stakeholders and people involved in the film, at The Backlot Studios in West Perth.
Thank you to Healthway for funding this project, and to our team of staff who worked tirelessly to ensure it's success.
The STYLEAID Icon Photographic Exhibition Launch was held in Centre Court, Karrinyup Shopping Centre on Monday 19th June.
The event was a huge success, with 137 people attending the event, and 15 out of 40 photographs sold for $250 each.
A big thank you to Karrinyup Shopping Centre for hosting the event, the talented photographers for donating their work, and to everyone who made this event possible.
Thank you to our volunteers Christian Mendoza, Nat Gray and Cian Breen on the night. Christian did a terrific job operating the GIF camera, which was lots of fun for staff and guests. Nat and Cian did a fabulous job warmly welcoming the VIP guests to the event. If you are interested in volunteering for the main STYLEAID event, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Kristina Mitsikas on 9482 0000 or email@example.com.
STYLEAID Icon 20 will be held on Friday 4th August 2017 in the Crown Ballroom, and tickets are on sale NOW!
Get in quick to attend the FINAL STYLEAID event, as we prepare to say goodbye after 20 wonderful years.
For tickets, go to www.styleaid.com.au, call 9482 0000, or contact Mark Reid on firstname.lastname@example.org
This year, STYLEAID will host a parade unlike any that have been shown in Perth, featuring 20 of Perth’s top designers to celebrate 20 years of the event. The night will be filled with iconic, historical fashion that will thrill and delight the audience. STYLEAID is recognised for its continued collaboration of fine wine and dine-ing. Its association with sponsors such as LaVie Champagne Bar, Brazilliano Coffee, San Pellegrino, CROWN Perth, and European Foods together with other premium brands including, Tanqueray Gin, Johnnie Walker Black, Vinaceous Wines, Grouch & Co, M.A.C, Club Med, L’Oreal Paris, Baci, Daniels Printing Craftsmen, Stockman Paper, MATSO’s, Network Ten and NOVA 937 helps to ensure the success of the event. Over the past 19 years STYLEAID has managed to raise over $1,500,000+ to assist in funding projects for the WA AIDS Council, and vital research for sexual health in WA.
Photography by John Koh below.
Collaborating for evidence, research and impact in public health
We are conducting a group discussion exploring what stops South East Asian men testing for HIV, and what we can do to increase HIV testing.
We want YOU if you are:
✔ Born in South East Asia
✔ Have sex with men
✔ Have good english conversational skills
Closes Friday 4th August
Please contact Matt Bacon (08 9482 0000, email@example.com)
This study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC2017-0088)
National Day of Women Living with HIV — promoting awareness
Celebrate. Advocate. Inspire. Empower.
March 9 will be the second National Day of Women Living with HIV. Coming the day after International Women's Day, this awareness-raising day was created by Femfatales, a network of women living with HIV of the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA).
"We are aiming to create a greater awareness of the needs of women living with HIV in Australia, "said Femfatales Chair, Katherine Leane. "It's hard to believe that in 2017 some people don't think that there are women living with HIV in this country. But there are around 3, 000 of us, or about 10 percent of the HIV-positive population."
Because of the perception that women are not at risk of HIV, women don't test for it. Many women who are diagnosed with HIV here have never tested for it previously, not believing they were at risk. This can present them with serious health challenges as a late diagnosis can mean that they have developed a compromised immune system and sometimes, an AIDS-defining illness.
"On top of this, many suburban and regional GPs have never diagnosed someone with HIV, do not always recognise the symptoms or risk factors and are not sure where to refer patients for specialist care. It is very important that women diagnosed in these settings get referred to appropriate medical care and to the peer support agencies that can help people with their diagnoses.
"The more people talk about HIV, the more we encourage women to test for it, the more we will be able to diagnose and treat women appropriately. This is the aim of this special day," said Kath."We encourage all agencies involved with and concerned about women's sexual health to hold a morning or afternoon tea or other event to help raise awareness of HIV agencies that support women living with and affected by HIV."
For more details contact:
Femfatales Convenor, Katherine Leane
0410 707 923
NAPWHA Executive Director, Aaron Cogle
0468 438 214
NAPWHA is Australia's peak non-government organisation representing community-based groups of people living with HIV. NAPWHA provides advocacy, policy, representation, health promotion and outreach at a national level.
I am very thankful for the opportunity to be a participant in the 2016 October NZ PLDi workshop. As we met at the Auckland city ferry terminal full of expectation mixed with apprehension of the unknown, what the layout and already defying comfort zones of “whats the agenda?”, “how long will it take?”, meeting strangers who throughout the next few days would seem like they had been life friends, I did not anticipate it would be so inspiring, empowering and such a journey of self awareness and development.
Over the course of the next 3 days we were lead by facilitators who lived and breathed the spirit of PLDi through a series of workshops, activities, presentations and discussions. With no agenda given to us. I learnt the valuable lessons of being present in the now and to not over/fore-think activities. Also it amplified the importance as a leader to have a clear vision of an end goal that each step worked towards.
One stand out of the weekend for me was the aspect it was not an instructive/directive workshop, however it was a journey of self discovery. Rather than being told how to be leaders we were encouraged to look with in and I found within the leadership qualities and values I possessed and the style of leader I was. I found this very empowering and also it gave me a greater appreciation for those who were on this journey with me and their distinct leadership qualities, values and styles. The workshop has provided me insight and clarity to who I am as a leader within the PLHIV community, what leadership qualities I possess and self discovery in general about myself, my strengths and amongst all it has installed a greater self belief in myself.
While I had a resilience within I feel through the sharing of experiences and varied personal tools and abilities from other aspiring leaders it has provide me with a greater empathy, understanding and resilience. I look forward to seeing the seeds that I received throughout the PLDi workshop germinate and grow that I can blossom to my fullest potential.
Western Australian NAPHWA Representative