Come along to our next Dinner at 6:30pm on Thursday February 25 for a chat and some delicious food and great company.
This is an opportunity for HIV Positive people who identify as heterosexual to come together to network, share information and make new friends.
For catering purposes and venue details, please RSVP to Alli Paterson on 9482 0000 by Monday February 22nd.
Please note this workshop is only open to people living with HIV (PLHIV)
Not linked in with the WA AIDS Council? Not to worry. If you haven’t connected with the WA AIDS Council previously and would like to register for this event, please contact Alli (details above) who will explain how you can get involved.
Our friends at the National Association of People with HIV have just launched a new HIV cure website. It's amazing!
See for yourself here.
What do you do when the people responsible for implementing PrEP education programs don’t trust the science? What if the outreach workers and HIV test counselors believe they’re required to “push” PrEP at the expense of behavioral interventions that have been the focus of prevention programs for years? These are people in prime positions to provide PrEP education to key populations, but suggesting that otherwise healthy clients start a daily medication for prevention is a tough pill for some front-line staff to swallow.
Read the full story here.
The Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) Australia offers people living with HIV an opportunity to identify and develop leadership and resilience skills. Applications for participants are now open for the next leadership training workshop taking place from Friday 23rd- Sunday 25th June in South Australia.
• believe that strong leaders create stronger communities.
• honour the leadership of the past; value the leadership of today; and inspire leadership for the future.
The PLDI program aims to create a network of informed and empowered people living with HIV (PLHIV) who will participate in and influence their local communities. The Positive Leadership Development Institute exists with the purpose of supporting people who are living with HIV/AIDS to realise their leadership potential and increase their capacity to participate meaningfully in community life.
The curriculum objectives for the Leadership training workshop are for participants to have the opportunity:
• To understand the 5 principles and 10 commitments of leadership;
• To realise individual leadership potential;
• To participate in building a network of leaders within the PLHIV community;
• To realise the potential and strengths that each individual brings to the network;
• To learn about and practice leadership skills in a safe environment;
• To inspire others to become leaders;
• To encourage participants to take on facilitator and mentoring roles within the community; and
• To expand participants awareness of the PLHIV community.
This unique leadership workshop is run by and for people living with HIV. The course is constructed to have a maximum participation of 12 people plus 3 facilitators and runs over a weekend - Friday evening, all day Saturday (including the evening) and Sunday.
“As a long term advocate, attending the PLDI workshop was an unexpected highlight. I had the valuable opportunity to be reminded of the power of peer networking and revisit the incredible resilience among people living with HIV.” – PLDI Graduate, South Australia.
Interested? To apply, please complete the survey* here.
*Applications close Monday 22nd May 2017 at 9am (AEST)
IMPORTANT: The Institute has many more applications than available spots in each course (max. 12 people per workshop). Please understand that applications are assessed upon ensuring maximum diversity of participation in each course and not all PLHIV that apply will necessarily get into this course.
For all application process, sponsorship, travel and course cost enquiries please contact PLDI directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
For general PLDI workshop enquiries contact Lisa Tomney at email@example.com
As we come to the end of 2015, let's have a look back at some of the best TED and TED X talks from 2015.
Here, Scott Fried explains what it is like to be open with your HIV status on mobile hook-up apps like Grindr.
He finds a mix of discrimination, ignorance and then ultimately praise, when he uses his position to educate.
Take a look here.
Applications extended to June 17th
We are seeking people living with HIV to complete the HIV Futures 8 national survey.
HIV Futures is an important project that provides information to help governments, clinical services and community groups plan programs and policy. We are keen to hear from PLHIV all over Australia – men, women and trans* people, heterosexual, gay and bisexual people.
For more info or to complete the online survey visit http://www.hivfutures.org.au/.
Alternatively, hard copies of the survey will be available from WA AIDS Council HQ.
Joel Goldman discuss HIV stigma in 2015 in light of recent high profile celebrity disclosures.
"As people who were targets of this epidemic by historical accident — gays, sex workers, injection drug users, the most marginalized — we need to remember the strength in our unity and not get too nit-picky about everything that gets said. Let's keep the bigger picture in our forethought."
Read the full story at POZ.
The theme for World AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day 2015 was Getting To Zero: Zero Stigma, Zero New Cases, Zero Deaths. The aim is to encourage all Australians to be aware of HIV; to take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting safe sex practices; and to ensure that people living with HIV can participate fully in the life of the community, free from stigma and discrimination.
Across the week, the WA AIDS Council held several events for people living with HIV as well as events for the wider community making it the biggest World AIDS Awareness Week to date!
The week kicked off with a Morning Tea in the Park for PLHIV. This offered an opportunity for networking and reconnecting in the beautiful surrounds of Harold Boas Gardens – thankfully the weather held up. Nic Holas – HIV Activist, Writer and TIM Co-Founder – attended the event and was well received by guests.
Later that day a community forum hosted by Nic Holas, was an opportunity for Gay men and men who have sex with men to discuss PrEP. The conversation flowed freely and Nic was brilliant as the facilitator. Thank you to those who attended and contributed to a very important conversation. If you couldn’t attend, but would like to contribute, or find out more, visit the PrEPaccessNOW Facebook page.
Planet Positive, a social networking event for HIV-Positive gay men and men who have sex with men took place at one of Perth’s most popular venues. The small crowd enjoyed mingling, catching up with others as well as meeting new people.
On the morning of World AIDS Day, a record turnout of guests and Make Up Artists attended the Good Spirits Day Pamper session at the new MAC Cosmetics office in West Leederville. Held annually, this workshop provides PLHIV exclusive access to MAC Cosmetics stellar team and the opportunity to learn how to pull off the latest looks, get tips and tricks, and have make up problems solved one on one. For MAC lovers both male and female, this is a fantastic opportunity not to be missed!
"It's Not Over" Premiere film screening. The Council did something a little different this year to mark World AIDS Day. Rather than hosting an event at the AIDS Memorial on the outskirts of the city, we brought World AIDS Day to the heart of Perth City in a bid to raise awareness of HIV and continue to reduce stigma and discrimination in the wider community. The film “It’s Not Over” was premiered in Perth on the Piazza Super Screen in Northbridge to a crowd of 100 people. Produced by MAC AIDS Fund tells the inspiring story of three courageous millennials from around the world who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
A volunteer team of six handed out World AIDS Day materials including red ribbons, pens and branded carry bags to the beanbag hugging crowd and passers by. In fact, we distributed more merchandise than in any other year. Not only did they hand out merchandise for people to take home, more importantly, they answered questions about HIV and AIDS to those who were curious about learning more. This is a massive win to celebrate and we thank the volunteers for being so passionate about the cause, as well as our Training and Development team for ensuring all volunteers are equipped with the latest information to respond.
Overall the response was very positive. If you missed out this year, make sure to mark December 1 in your diaries as we aim to host something similar for 2016. For those who normally attend the AIDS Memorial event on World AIDS Day, a Candlelight Vigil takes place in May. More details will be provided closer to the date.
To wrap up the week, Love Game held a Red Carpet event. Love Game is a brand developed to raise awareness of HIV within our diverse community through a variety of engaging and inclusive events. Guests enjoyed first class cuisine, a spoken word piece from Miss Africa Perth Finalist Sakhile and songs from young talents and recent StarSearch winner Modest Music, acoustic singers and songwriters 3ble Clef. Amongst guests was Janine Freeman MP for Mirrabooka and Inspector Don-Emmanuel Smith. The evening provided the platofrm to recognise and celebrate the contribution of passionate community members and their work in raising awareness of HIV. Follow Love Game for upcoming news and events.
Local Perth Station RTR FM covered topics surrounding HIV throughout the week. Have a listen to the coversations here:
Monday November 23 - Mark Reid spoke to RTRFM’s Chris Mason to talk about the week’s activities and where we’re at in 2015, and began by asking what the difference in HIV/AIDS media coverage between the 1980′s and today: Listen here
Tuesday November 24 - Writer, HIV Activist and Co-Founder of The Institute of Many (TIM) Nic Holas joined Kylie Sturgess, to talk about what PrEP is and the implications for both HIV positive and negative people into the future: Listen here