Wednesday, 19 August 2015 07:01

WA NAPWHA Representatives

Western Australian Representatives @ the National Association of People Living with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) 

NAPWHA is the national peak body for people living with HIV. NAPWHA’s membership consists of a range of PLHIV peer organisations and models of support across Australia.  In WA, the voice of PLHIV into the local and national agenda’s is facilitated through a model consisting of 2 elected representatives within the PLHIV community, and the facilitation of Community Forums for PLHIV to network and liaise on current and future priorities, to communicate to and from NAPWHA.

Published in Living Well with HIV
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 06:56

Complementary Therapies

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The Clinical Services Living Well program provides complementary therapies for people living with HIV.  The practitioners who provide these therapies are volunteers, and generously commit their time and expertise to the program.  Available therapies can change from time to time, but you can check what’s currently available by calling reception on 9482 0000.   Therapies available can include Massage, Acupuncture, Reiki and Reflexology.

Current therapies available:


Reflexology involves the application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques.

Appointments are currently available
45 minutes sessions, Fridays at 10am, 11am and 12pm with Ross.

Please note, initial sessions will be for an assessment.
If you make a booking, please ensure you have clean feet with unbroken skin.

For the initial intake period you will only be able to make one appointment per month.

Once you have booked yourself into an appointment and cannot attend, please notify us as soon as possible so we are able to fill your spot. All our practitioners kindly volunteer their time. The best way to ensure you always have complimentary therapies at the WA AIDS Council is to support the Living Well program and attend all appointments and sessions that have been booked into.

Join the Living Well team of volunteers

If you are a qualified therapist and are interested in Volunteering for this program, please contact Alli Paterson - 9482 0000,

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 06:52

Counselling Services

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The WA AIDS Council provides Counselling services, conducted in a supportive and confidential environment. The Counsellors are experienced in assisting clients to address a range of issues including sexuality, gender issues, relationships, behaviour change, sexual health and living with HIV.

What is Counselling?

Counselling provides an opportunity to explore aspects of your life in a nonjudgmental and supportive atmosphere. Your counsellor will help you to examine issues, discover options and make decisions to enhance physical and emotional well-being.

Who can access our service?

• People living with HIV, their partners, immediate family members or carers;

• People contemplating HIV testing or waiting for results;

• People from diverse gender and sexuality communities, around issues of identity, family, relationships, sexuality and gender.

Please feel free to speak to a Counsellor if you are unsure whether the service will meet your needs.

How long will it take?

A counselling session lasts approximately 50 minutes. Depending on the issue being discussed you may find just 1 or 2 sessions are enough. However, for other issues, regular sessions over a longer period may be appropriate.

How much will it cost?

The following fees apply for counselling services:

Individual Counselling (per session)

$10.00 - Unwaged/Students (eligibility criteria - Health Care Card)

$40.00 - Waged

Couples Counselling (per session)

$20.00 - (Both partners unwaged)

$70.00 - Both waged.

We work with a 'sliding payment scale', so please discuss these fees with your Counsellor. Fees can be waived at the discretion of the Counsellor; we do not want finances to be a barrier.

How do I make an appointment?

You do not need a referral. To make an appointment with one of our counsellors please phone during office hours.  If a Counsellor is not available to speak with, please ask to speak with Manager Clinical Services, Lisa Tomney or email

Telephone: (08) 9482 0000


Address: 664 Murray Street, West Perth WA 6005

The Counsellors at WAAC bring a wide range of skills and experience to their work, and would be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about our service.

After Hours / Emergency Contacts

Mental Health Emergency Response Line1300 555 788 (Metro) or 1800 676 822 (Peel)
Rurallink1800 552 002
Lifeline13 11 14
beyondblue1300 224 636
Suicide Call Back Service*1300 659 467
The Samaritans Crisis Line08 9381 5555 (main line) 08 9388 2500 (Youth Line) or 1800 198 313 (Country Toll Free)
Men's Line Australia*1300 789 978
PEP Line1300 767 161

WAAIDS Rural and Remote services

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The WA AIDS Council migration consultancy service is aimed at providing support for PLHIV to explore migration and visa options, and to make informed choices about their possible migration pathway.  The role of the program is to provide crucial initial information so that PLHIV do not lose time or their way during their considerations of migration and visa options.

The volunteer consultant  is a Registered Migration Agent (RMA) and as such is bound by a government-regulated professional Code of Conduct, available on request, and by the Consumer Guide.

The WA AIDS Council has a referral and contact  list of Migration Agents who  can be contacted for further services required beyond the capacity of the volunteer consultancy service.

Scope of volunteer services:

  1. Providing information to families or individuals who are prospective visa applicants and are concerned about possible visa issues arising associated with their HIV status.  To provide accurate information and pathways, the volunteer RMA may need to be aware of sensitive information relating to character, relationship status, family issues, dependents and financial situation.
  1. Providing information on possible alterative visa pathways where appropriate. 
  1. Giving preliminary guidance regarding what evidence is needed, and how to approach preparing an application for a visa or a health waiver.
  1. All face-to-face appointments will be held at the WA AIDS Council offices at 664 Murray St, West Perth.

Volunteer Services NOT Provided:

  • Preparing  and writing health/disability related submissions as part of an initial visa application, including assessing what evidence is needed; and collating this part of application.
  • Preparing waiver applications including writing submissions; collating waiver applications ready for submission.
  • Preparing evidence for, collating and lodging MRT submissions.
  • Helping applicants prepare for MRT appearance; appearing with and supporting applicant in MRT

Volunteer Migration Consultant WA AIDS Council Clinical Services

Jan Gothard BA PhD GCAMLP

Registered Migration Agent

MARN 1569102

To link in with Jan and access this support, please call Lisa Tomney on 9482 0000


Published in Living Well with HIV
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 03:11

SHAPE and Case Management

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Case Managers and SHAPE Officers provide practical, physical and emotional care and support for people living with HIV, their families, carers and partners. SHAPE logo

Case management activities are diverse. In addition to assisting clients to access and maintain specific services, case management activities may include negotiation and advocacy for services, consultation with providers, navigation through the service system, psycho-social support, supportive counselling, and general client information and education.

The goal of case management is to promote and support independence and self-sufficiency. As such, the case management process requires the consent and active participation of the client in decision-making, and supports a client's right to privacy, confidentiality, self-determination, dignity and respect, compassionate non-judgmental care, culturally competency, and quality case management services.

For families caring for HIV infected or affected children, an additional goal of case management is to maintain and enhance the effective functioning of the family in their care-giving role, and to ensure appropriate referral to relevant service providers.

The intended outcomes of case management for PLHIV include:

•                Early access to and maintenance of comprehensive health care and social services.
•                Improved integration of services provided across a variety of settings.
•                Enhanced continuity of care.
•                Prevention of disease transmission and delay of HIV progression.
•                Increased knowledge of HIV disease.
•                Greater participation in and optimal use of the health and social service system.
•                Reinforcement of positive health behaviours.
•                Personal empowerment.
•                Breaking down of any social isolation or diminished capacity to participate in community.
•                An improved quality of life.

To enquire about our services, please call Manager Clinical Services, Lisa Tomney, on 9482 0000 or email

For information on accessing services in rural and remote areas, please click here.

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Our Mission

To minimise the impact and further transmission of HIV, other blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. To reduce social, legal and policy barriers which prevent access to health information and effective support and prevention services.