PATSIN is a formalisation of a supportive Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) HIV network. This network has always been supported by the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA).
PATSIN formalised in June 2003 at a meeting in Adelaide; its associate membership of NAPWHA was endorsed by a special resolution of the NAPWHA membership in October 2003.
PATSIN recognises the diversity of the lived experience of ATSI people and undertakes to provide informed advocacy, support and information dissemination to all HIV-positive ATSI people.
PATSIN will seek to do its work through a core membership of at least 8-10 and a Chair, meeting once per year.
PATSIN will endeavour to ensure that women hold four positions within this core group.
PATSIN will work to advocate for HIV-positive ATSI people, including urban, rural and remote settings.
PATSIN will promote care and support and treatments education for ATSI people.
PATSIN will work in a collaborative and corroborative manner to ensure appropriate skills development with allied service delivery in a culturally appropriate manner.
The Chair of PATSIN where necessary can delegate to ensure a member from the core committee is available to undertake representation of PATSIN and its work.