Matt Ranford

Matt Ranford

Thursday, 08 October 2015 07:53

African Australian Communities and HIV

Thursday, 08 October 2015 07:50

Us Mob and HIV

Thursday, 08 October 2015 07:04

Reconciliation Action Plan

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 05:56

Talking HIV Sex Education Series

Talking HIV

Because sex matters… Talking HIV is a series of age appropriate, sex positive presentations, specially designed to educate young people beyond the fundamentals of sex, and provide them with the skills they need to enjoy and safe and healthy adulthood.The WA AIDS Council has a range of age appropriate presentations around safer sex and healthy relationships for teenagers and young adults.

These talks are short, free or low cost and provide the latest in accurate, holistic, research based safer sex content. 

Download a brochure here, and contact Community Development and Advocacy Officer Carley Robbins to organise a presentation today.  

Carley Robbins

Ph: 9482 0000


Tuesday, 06 October 2015 05:47

Aged Care Training for PLHIV Support Workers

iStock 000001560312 Large copyThe aged-care sector currently supports a large number of older Australians to remain in their homes, with residential services provided to approximately 5 per cent of people over 65 years. These supports need to take into account particular issues faced by older people living with HIV, especially when by 2020, 50 per cent of all people living with HIV in Australia will be over 50 years of age. (ASHM)

Currently, aged-care services do not understand the needs of older HIV-positive people and as a result, discriminate against this cohort because of fear or HIV. (GRAI)

“For almost a day and a half, nobody came and talked to me… because I am positive” – Kenneth, 65

Be empowered with knowledge provided to you today, to enhance the client-carer relationship and become a leader for quality customer service. Attend WA AIDS Council's Aged Care Training for PLHIV Support Workers.

This 2 hour course provide aged care support workers with a thorough understanding of HIV and stigma. Training can be provided both on or off site. 

If you are interested in attending this course or would like further information, please contact: 
Reena D’Souza 
Ph: 08 9482 0000 

Hear from a valued client:

“WA AIDS Council conducted training for almost 70 Brightwater staff working in aged care including nurses, client coordinators, assessors and support workers. The information was extremely well presented, current and tailored specifically for people working with in aged care. The training was well received and staff reported they now have a much greater understanding of HIV/AIDS and well prepared to provide services to people living with HIV. We look forward to continuing to work with WA AIDS Council!”
(Sandy Komen, Manager, Brightwater At Home). 


WA AIDS Professional Training copyPre & Post Test Discussion Training is a one day training course, designed to give GP's practical knowledge in appropriate counselling for chronic illnesses.  

This Active Learning Module has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program for the 2014-16 triennium.

Total points: 40 (Category 1).
Activity Number: 26037

While the focus of the course is HIV, the learning outcomes can be easily adapted for any chronic illness.

Appropriate pre and post test discussion is critical for the well being of patients when testing for blood borne viruses. 

Increasing the capability and confidence of doctors having these discussions with their patients will not only significantly improve the doctor’s skillset, but reduce the anxiety, stress and discomfort felt by the patients. 

Learning Outcomes include:

+ Identify central objectives of test discussion & post test counselling 

+ Understand framework for facilitating change

+ Understand principles of sexual health counselling & education

+ Identify attitudes towards people engaging in high risk behaviours

+ Recognise opportunities to educate clients about BBV transmission risks & safer behaviours

The learning outcomes of the course can be easily adapted for any chronic illness.

The course can be undertaken in-house, for up to 12 practitioners. 

If you are interested or would like further information, please contact: 

Reena D’Souza 

Ph: 08 9482 0000 

or email

Here is what our clients say about the course:

"The course was excellent! Although I am a GP registrar. The training covered the dialogue of pre- test counselling & post test discussion in a way I hadn’t come across. It was very useful & practical and the strategies learnt I can adopt straight away in my practice.
Useful for not just BBV but also delivering any bad news. Motivational interviewing is an area that I have previously struggled with and it gave me the language and tips & resources to decrease my discomfort. My knowledge of HIV & BBV was updated. So much of my knowledge was outdated - back to my Med School days! I didn't realise so much was actually involved in informed consent. I will recommend it to everyone"

"A very good training. Would be a good idea to get other GP’s to be trained though RACGP.”

"A very useful and practical course. Very well organised and relevant to my practice.  The length of training was appropriate with adequate information and excellent facilitation.”

"The trainers were excellent at providing information, facilitating discussion and giving real life answers to queries about previous experiences and how to do it better.”

"Excellent facilitation. Trainers had excellent knowledge of subject matter.”


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.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 06:56

Complementary Therapies

WA AIDS Complimentary

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

WAAIDS Counselling 2

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.

WAAIDS Rural and Remote services

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


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.