Positive Life regularly travels to regional, rural and remote locations in NSW to offer a minimum of four rural outreach sessions per year, to listen and hear what it's like for PLHIV living in regional and rural areas of NSW.  We do this in partnership with local health district HARP units, sexual health services and state-wide services.

Aims of these outreach sessions include offering an opportunity to sit down and talk with someone else living with HIV, share stories and strategies, putting PLHIV in contact with health service providers, offering information and by resourcing PLHIV and other HIV and sexual health service partners, as well as capacity building and training for PLHIV and service partners.

Examples of rural and regional outreach conversations include questions like

  • what are your main challenges living with HIV in a rural or regional setting?
  • what advocacy do you want or need?
  • what barriers do you have living with HIV in a rural or regional setting?

Currently planned

  • Queanbeyan - March 2020
  • Gosford - April 2020
  • Shellharbour, Batemans Bay, and Bega
  • Coffs Harbour/Port Macquarie

Earlier consultations

  • Tamworth, May 2019
  • Albury and Wagga Wagga, March 2019
  • Dubbo and Orange, March 2018
  • Kiama (Wollongong, Shell Harbour, Nowra and Surrounding Areas), April 2017
  • Coffs Harbour, February 2017
  • Port Macquarie, February 2017
  • Tamworth, May 2016
  • Lismore, April 2016
  • Tweed Heads, April 2016

Dubbo/Orange

  • These community consultations included out-of-area attendees who travelled to avoid risk of community disclosure.
  • Range of PLHIV included heterosexual men and women and same sex attracted men, from Aboriginal and Caucasian backgrounds living with HIV ranging from 18 months to 30 plus years.
  • Issues raised included the intersection of HIV and racism, stigma and discrimination, obtaining correct and timely information about HIV, tenancy and domestic violence issues, and dispensing fees charged for HIV medication.

Nowra/Kiama

  • Three community pharmacists were consulted in the Kiama area. All identified the common concern being the cost of their stocking HIV medications, but were happy to provide this service if approached by PLHIV.
  • Discussions with clinical staff in Nowra highlighted an increasing blurring of sexual preferences in the selection of partners especially amongst young people.
  • A rise in methamphetamine use corresponded with a rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs), which raised concerns about an increase in HIV notifications.
  • Recommendations included the community consultation and representation (where service providers are present) would have a better uptake if Positive Life NSW peers attended local social engagement/social activities e.g. bingo evenings, to talk to people informally one-to-one and provide resources.

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