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Training and Development
The WA AIDS Council provides a number of training and professional development opportunities for Government and Non-Government Organisations, community groups and individual professional bodies, as well as inducting new volunteers.
Training can be catered to meet a variety of clients needs.
Any requests can be made to the Training and Development Officer on 08 9482 0000 or Contact Us
Click on each item below for more information.
- Tailored Training for Professional Groups
- BBV Pre & Post Test Discussion Training for GPs
- BBV Informed Consent Training
- Aged Care Training for PLHIV Support Workers
Youth & Young People
Read what our clients say about the programs:
“The training provided by WA AIDS Council was excellent and presented such that it was relevant and captured the interest of all the levels of staff in attendance. Feedback from the clinical staff was that the updated information given was new learning for them. Showing an example of the advertising that was used at the beginning of the epidemic was very effective as a tool to highlight how people would have been stigmatised at this time and how this would have effects as persons aged and outsiders in the form of service providers are needed in their lives. Presenters were enthusiastic and engaging.” (Kris Salfinger, Clinical Nurse Specialist)
“I attended this training as a CSW and found it very interesting and informative . I think it is relevant and will be beneficial in my working role. It was a very enjoyable workshop.” (Karin Curtin, Community Support Worker)
Gay and homosexually active men represent around 50% of all HIV notifications in Western Australia, and remain overrepresented in this area. WA AIDS Council provides a number of services for men, from workshops and education through to sexual health clinics and community outreach.
Gay Periodic Survey
The WA AIDS Council is once again charged with conducting a survey of gay men in Perth. The study researches the HIV-related sexual and social behaviour of men attached to the Perth gay community to identify and understand changes in sexual behaviour and inform health promotion initiatives aimed at this target community. The research is collated and analysed by the University of New South Wales Centre for Social Research in Health, and the Kirby Institute. The study is essentially a repeat of the biennial surveys that have previously been conducted in Western Australia. This year it will be administered to coincide with Fairday on Sunday 29 October and we will undertake surveys during the two weeks following. The survey focuses on sexual behaviour, nature of sexual relationships, HIV testing practices and sero-status, aspects of social attachment to the gay community, and of course a number of demographic items. It is self-administered and confidential, and takes up to ten minutes to complete. The results of the Perth Gay Community Periodic survey directly inform the development of effective health promotion and community development strategies in Western Australia and will enable the WA AIDS Council to respond to important changes in sexual negotiation and behaviour, and the meanings of HIV in the gay community. The study will also make an important contribution to the collection and comparison of equivalent data throughout Australia as part of a national data collection strategy.
Online Peer Support
WA Gay and Bi men Give a Fuck!
This is a space for all of us Gay and Bi men to give a fuck about our community, give a fuck about our health and share news and events that are important to us.
Follow us on Facebook to take part in the conversation.
Wanting to find out where you can get an anonymous confidential sexual health check? The Sauna Sexual Health Service and the M Clinic provide sexual health information testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs). For more information, visit the M Clinic website, http://www.mclinic.org.au/
PLEASE NOTE: The Fremantle Fixed Location is now OPEN, located in Block A at the Fremantle Hospital, entrance from South Terrace. The site is open from 12:00pm - 3:00pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The new Fremantle phone number is 9431 3318.
The WA AIDS Council (WAAC) Needle and Syringe Exchange Program provides services to people who inject drugs across Perth. The Needle Exchange service operates from a mobile needle van in the suburbs of: Armadale, Fremantle, Forrestfield, Gosnells, Joondalup, Midland, Mirrabooka and Rockingham. There is also a fixed Needle Exchange site at the WA AIDS Council (WAAC) in West Perth. Services include the provision of needle & syringe units, barrels and tips free on exchange, or at low cost, as well as the safe disposal of used injecting equipment. We also provide safer sex equipment, user-friendly advice, information and referral services.
Sharing a used needle or other injecting equipment is, unfortunately, one of the most effective methods of transmitting blood borne viruses. Australian Needle and Syringe Programs have prevented thousands of cases of infection among people who inject drugs and, in turn, have protected the rest of the community.
In 2009, the Australian Government Department of Health and Aging published the Return on Investment in Needle and Syringe Programs in Australia study and found that an investment of $12.9m in the funding of NSPs in Western Australia from years 2000-2009 has resulted in a saving of $124m in healthcare costs, with more than 19,000 Disability Adjusted Life Years saved with a net financial saving of $111m.
The lifetime net present value of investment in NSPs that took account of all healthcare costs and savings (but not costs associated with productivity losses) would be $5.63bn ($1.97bn discounted at 3%).
Please see the timetable below for the times and whereabouts of the WAAC Needle Van.
Please see below for the items available for exchange or purchase from the mobile needle van or the fixed needle exchange sites.
|ITEMS AVAILABLE & PRICE LIST|
(Ultrafine 29g, Terumo 29g, 27g)
|Free on exchange OR
25c each OR
$25 for box of 100
|Sterile Water (10ml)||60c|
|0.5ml Needles (Ultrafine 30g)||Free on exchange OR 25c||Tourniquets
- Single coloured
|Injecting Needles / Drawing Up Tips
(18g, 19g, 21g, 22g, 23g, 25g, 26g, 27g)
|Free on exchange OR 10c||Hirudoid (anti bruising cream)||$4.50|
- Syringes 3ml, 5ml, 10ml
- Syringes 20ml, 50ml
Free on exchange OR 25c
Free on exchange OR 50c
(0.2 micron, 0.8 micron)
|Infusions / Butterflies||25c on exchange OR 50c||Sterifits||30c|
|Cotton Wool Ball (5pc)||Free||Swabs
- Extra: 2 Swabs
- Extra: 1 Box
|FREE with your order
|Safe Disposal Buckets & Tubes||Free||Spoons||20c|
The WA AIDS Council's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Development Project, known as The ASH Project, is focused on providing holistic culturally appropriate services for and with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the metropolitan area and rural and remote areas of Western Australia.
The principles of the program are:
- Holistic Health – Physical well-being, social, emotional and cultural well-being the whole of community.
- Self determination – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved in all aspects of health care delivery – planning and development, implementation and evaluation.
- Right for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to choose different models of health care with health programs tailored to fit the needs of the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups.
- Health care services are culturally appropriate and are accessible.
The ASH Project provides tailored HIV/AIDS education and prevention knowledge and training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations and non-Aboriginal organisations.
We encourage and pursue joint initiatives with Aboriginal agencies and non-Aboriginal agencies with the aim of increasing capacity of ongoing appropriate interagency responses and commitment.
Find out more about the WA AIDS Council's support of reconciliation.
Read Issue 1 of Ngalang News, a newsletter produced by the WA AIDS Council Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group here.
Australians of all ages love to travel. We are a wealthy and curious nation and we love to party. Increased wages and decreased airfares mean we can travel further, for longer and more often.
This freedom can carry additional risks however. A sense of adventure can mean we take risks we wouldn’t have at home. Rates of HIV infection among travellers, expatriates and fly-in-fly-out workers have been rising for a number of years, and Sex In Other Cities aims to remind travellers of the risks and offer strategies to stay safe.
Sex in Other Cities is about finding the best parties in the world and sharing hot tips to make the most of them, whilst being aware of your surroundings and remaining safe.
Young people are particularly vulnerable to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including HIV, and this risk is increased when coupled with alcohol and other drug consumption.
KISS (Keep it Safe Summer) provides young people with education, information & resources throughout the summer months around sexual health, alcohol and other drug use.
Starting at Leavers in Dunsborough and Rottnest and various other summer events such as Sets on the Beach, Southbound and University Orientation
days to keep young people safe across WA.
Find KISS on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/keepitsafesummer
M Clinic is Perth’s only sexual health clinic that caters exclusively to men who have sex with men. M Clinic is an appointment only clinic that provides free, confidential, non-judgemental STI testing & treatment.
M Clinic works on a peer-based model, combining integrated health promotion with clinical service provision, with the aim of reducing acquisition of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and other sexually transmissible infections (STI’s) at a population health level.
The clinic provides a full range of STI and HIV testing and also provides vaccination for hepatitis A and B and human papillomavirus (HPV), the main cause of genital warts.
It also gives guys a chance to engage with other health and related services that are on offer to them in Perth by carrying out appropriate referrals.
To read more and make a booking, visit the M Clinic website here.
Freedom Centre (FC) is here for young people (under 26) to support each other and their communities to be informed, happy and healthy about their sexuality, sex and gender.
Freedom Centre is run by young people for young people using a peer support model. Peer support is where people get support from other people who share similar experiences. We are funded by the Mental Health Commission to prevent mental illness and promote mental health, aiming to:
- increase community connectedness and engagement (or reduce social isolation),
- provide relevant information about all aspects of health & wellbeing, and;
- encourage& support help-seeking.
We do this through a peer facilitated informal safe social space as it’s most empowering and accessible to young people.
The Freedom Centre, along with partner organisations, recently conducted a survey to improve services for Trans* young people.
WA Sexual Health Week aims to create an enabling environment for the WA community, and young people especially, to improve their sexual health through community engagement and collaborative partnerships.
Each year, WA AIDS Council provides grants to community organisations throughout Western Australia to conduct safer sex education programs and activities. In 2015, 12 grant recipients delivered services either directly or indirectly to over 2,400 people, mostly in regional areas.
Sexual health is a lot more than safer sex, preventing infection and unwanted pregnancy. Sexual health is about open communication, confidence in making informed choices, acceptance of our differences and a healthy understanding of sexuality and relationships. It is about life, love, relationships and the freedom of sexual expression. It is about what happens in the head and heart; it is about thoughts and feelings and how that relates to others. Sexual health is about safety, pleasure and respect.