ViiV Positive Action Grants 2022

ViiV Positive Action Grants 2022

ViiV Healthcare Australia through its Positive Action Community Grants is looking to fund community-based projects that reach those most affected by, or at risk of HIV, particularly in marginalised, hard to reach or vulnerable populations. The funding supports initiatives that are innovative, sustainable and produce tangible results for PWHIV.

Partnerships and collaborations are encouraged and ViiV will prioritise submissions that allow for implementation replication on either a national level or in other jurisdictions.

 

About the funding initiative

ViiV Healthcare is a specialist pharmaceutical company 100% focused on combating, preventing and ultimately curing HIV and AIDS. ViiV’s collective determination is to make sure no one at risk of or living with HIV is left behind.

Its vision is to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, by developing innovative medicines, delivering and supporting more effective solutions in care and being partners – to people with HIV (PWHIV), their carers and communities.

One way in which ViiV Healthcare supports the community response is via the Australian Positive Action Community Grants program. This program is aligned with the current priorities of the Eighth National HIV Strategy and contributes to the holistic response of UNAIDS 90–90–90 goals and “the fourth 90”.

Positive Action was created in 1992 by the pharmaceutical company GSK, who still holds an interest in ViiV. It was the first pharmaceutical company program to support communities affected by HIV and AIDS.

Key dates

Applications open Monday, 3rd October 2022 (9am)

Applications close Monday, 31 October 2022 (5pm)

Find out more and apply

Highlights from the Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference 2022

Mon 29 August — Thu 1 September 2022

The complete program for the joint virtual Australasian Sexual Health and HIV&AIDS Conference #HIVAIDS2022 & #SH2022, held at the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre, Queensland, has a live and on-demand full program. NAPWHA has compiled a selective list of program highlights that may be of interest for our communities below.

Community welcome: Robert Mitchell, Past-NAPWHA President

NAPWHA Rapportage by Daniel Reeders

Couldn’t make the conference? NAPWHA Learning Officer, Daniel Reeders, provided an excellent coverage and rapportage of the 4-day conference program via the NAPWHA Twitter feed.

Satellite Session: Going beyond viral suppression

Poster #312 Hidden in Plain Sight? Creating a Culturally-Appropriate Peer Navigation Model to Facilitate Engagement with PLHIV from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

Poster #312: Hidden in Plain Sight? Creating a Culturally-Appropriate Peer Navigation Model to Facilitate Engagement with People Living with HIV from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

Background:  Positive Life NSW (PLNSW) adapted a peer navigation model to build capacity of CALD PLHIV utilising Peer Navigators to role-model and share their lived experiences, improving the health, quality of life outcomes and increasing health literacy and capacity of CALD PLHIV to self-advocate. Engaging Peer Navigators from the CALD community has provided a deeper understanding of culture and remains agile yet sensitive to the developing needs of this priority population. CALD Community Peer Navigators use a range of different tools and modes of communication to address social isolation, stigma / discrimination, system navigation, peer support and program follow-up..

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.  See also the abstract submitted

Poster #56: Lessons From The Archive: Queer Indonesia Archive

Poster #56: Lessons From The Archive: Queer Indonesia Archive

Background:  In Indonesia the lived experiences and narratives of queer people are being challenged, erased, and delegitimized in the national collective memory. For the lasttwo years the Queer Indonesia Archive (QIA) – a volunteer run, Indonesia based digital archiving project – has been building a digital collection reflecting the histories of queer communities. QIA utilises a process of community consultation, material collection and exhibition as it’s community archive process. Through this method the archive has built an accessible collection of digital objects to promote cross generational engagement, build community capacity and ensure a community collective memory of the HIV response.

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.  See also the abstract submitted

Poster #126: GIPA Audit – Assessing the National Association of People Living with HIV Australia’s engagement with people living with HIV

Poster #126:  GIPA Audit – Assessing the National Association of People Living with HIV Australia’s engagement with people living with HIV

Background:  The National Association of People Living with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) relies upon its membership and the body positive to understand the priorities for people living with HIV (PLHIV) across Australia. As the national peak organisation representing PLHIV, they commissioned an independent assessment of their engagement with positive people, including 17 priority populations.

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.  See also the abstract submitted

Poster #269:  Re-imagining the role of the NAPWHA Treatment Outreach Network

Poster #269: Re-imagining the role of the NAPWHA Treatment Outreach Network

Background:  NAPWHA’s Treatment Officer Network (TON) has operated for over twenty years. During that time the treatments landscape has changed fundamentally, as treatments have become simpler and easier to take, resulting in less demand from clients for treatment advice and support.

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.  See also the abstract submitted

Poster #293:  Living with HIV and injecting drugs – A health literacy community consultation

Poster #293:  Living with HIV and injecting drugs – A health literacy community consultation

Background: A pioneering community network has been developed for Asian people living with HIV under the NAPWHA Health Literacy Framework project. The Positive Asian Network Australia (PANA) was established as a peer-led community mobilisation initiative, formed by HIV peers and the project Pilot Lead, Brent Clifton.

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.

Poster #296:  Beyond the 4th 90 – The Australian Community Accord on Quality of Life for people with HIV

Poster #296:  Beyond the 4th 90 The Australian Community Accord on Quality of Life for people with HIV

Background: With funding from ViiV Healthcare, NAPWHA delivered an interactive webinar series that invited participants (n=389) to share insights and experiences. Findings informed an Australian Community Accord on Quality of Life for People Living with HIV:  A person-centred framework for eliciting and addressing the drivers of self-perceived quality of life. Development of the Accord and the availability of the PozQOL measure put Australiain position to lead in the global push to recognise good quality of life as a vital goal for national and global strategies that aim to reduce both the incidence and impact of HIV.

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.

Poster #301:  Mobilising community among heterosexual men living with HIV in Australia

Poster #301:  Mobilising community among heterosexual men living with HIV in Australia

Background: HIV notifications among heterosexual men have been increasing over the past decade, particularly among Australian-born males (Kirby, 2018). The NAPWHA Health Literacy Framework project established HetMAN a network of heterosexual men to articulate their health literacy needs across the HIV care continuum..

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.

Poster #302:  Developing the Health Literacy Framework – The central role of Community Advocates

Poster #302:  Developing the Health Literacy Framework – The central role of Community Advocates

Background: The Health Literacy Framework project is a three-year initiative (2019-21) which aimed to improve HIV-related health literacy at the individual, community, organisational, sectoral, health system, and societal levels. It focused on engaging diverse cohorts of PLHIV who have not benefited equally from recent successes across the HIV care continuum. These included positive women, heterosexual men, people from Asian and Latin American backgrounds, and people who inject drugs.

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.

Poster #303:  A systems approach to understanding the needs of Asian-born men living with HIV in Australia

Poster #303:  A systems approach to understanding the needs of Asian-born men living with HIV in Australia

Background: A pioneering community network has been developed for Asian people living with HIV under the NAPWHA Health Literacy Framework project. The Positive Asian Network Australia (PANA) was established as a peer-led community mobilisation initiative, formed by HIV peers and the project’s Community Advocate, Jimmy Yu-Hsiang Chen.

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.

Highlights from AIDS2022

Montréal, Canada and virtually  |  29 July — 2 August

The 24th International AIDS Conference #AIDS2022 was held in Montreal, Canada, and virtually. Convened by IAS – the International AIDS Society, the annual event unites scientists, policy makers and activists to galvanize the scientific response, build global solidarity and enhance human dignity for all those living with and affected by HIV. NAPWHA has compiled a selective list of program highlights that may be of interest for our communities below. Also access NAM aidsmap: The official scientific media partner for the conference.

U=U Global Summit

Professor Sharon Lewin address as she takes the reins as President of the IAS

Except:  I look forward to IAS 2023, the 12th IAS Conference on HIV Science, taking place next year in Australia. I had the honour of serving as Local Co-Chair at AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, a memory cast in shadow by the 280 lives that were lost on flight MH17; many were IAS Members, including former IAS President Joep Lange.

It felt impossible to hold a productive meeting after such a tragedy, just as the challenges of today can feel insurmountable. But the secret of success of the HIV movement has always been how we come together – diverse communities, diverse disciplines, from all corners of the world.

Together, harnessing the strength, passion and talent of this movement, we will end this epidemic once and for all.”

HIV Cure Research: Rapportage by Jillian Lau

At AIDS2022, Infectious Diseases doctor, Jillian Lau, who has been involved in HIV cure clinical research at Alfred Health (Monash University) based in Melbourne, and completing a PhD in this field, reported back about HIV cure research being presented through the @HIVCureAU Twitter handle.

HIV Criminalisation and HIV Law: Rapportage by Paul Kidd

At AIDS2022, research and action on HIV criminalisation and HIV law were well represented, summarised in this twitter thread by @PaulKidd.

The Silver Zone: a Networking Zone for Older Adults Living with HIV

Globally, the face of HIV is an ageing one. Although in supportive systems people are living longer with access to effective treatments, many older adults living with HIV and HIV Long-Term Survivors are coping with the lasting impact of untreated HIV, age-related comorbidities and loss. In the era of COVID-19 and “working to end the HIV epidemic”, many feel isolated and uncertain about the future.

The Silver Zone in the AIDS2022 Global Village is a place for older people living with HIV to re-engage with the HIV community and follow the science on HIV and ageing; to feel included and celebrated.

Bi+ People Living with HIV: Positive Networking Zone

Women’s Networking Zone

Breast/chestfeeding guidance and advocacy

PozQoL (Quality of life among people with HIV) and AusQoL (the Australian Accord)

Panel discussion on Person-centered Care

‘Key Populations’

Long-acting ARV Treatment

Video:  What’s new in long-acting formulations of HIV medications for prevention and treatment? CATIE (Canada’s source for HIV and Hepatitis C information) spoke to Professor Chloe Orkin at Queen Mary University of London at this year’s International AIDS Conference who covers the new data on long-acting treatment, and their thoughts on the drug pipeline and on equity of access.

Could long-acting injectable cabotegravir and rilpivirine be self-administered? New formulations and alternative injection sites might allow administration of this long-acting treatment. Liz Highleyman reports back results from two studies which were presented to the 24th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2022), which was held in Montreal, Canada.

HIV/AIDS in the Asia-Pacific

National Members Forum 2022 held in Sydney

In June 2022, the NAPWHA national forum of its membership met together in a two-day event in a hybrid face-to-face and live video streaming event. It was the first face-to-face event to happen since the COVID-19 lockdowns commenced in 2020. The event brought together our NAPWHA members, NAPWHA networks, NAPWHA Board and Staff and featured speakers. The first day on Friday showcased the Health Literacy Framework project and the Finding Joy congress, supported by ViiV Healthcare Australia. Below are some of the forum’s agenda items and some of the presentations expanded.

Fit for Purpose project: Scott Harlum

Scott Harlum (NAPWHA President) presented on a ‘Fit for Purpose’ project.

Insurance and HIV: InterInsurance Group

Members of the InterInsurance Group (a network of LGBTIQA+ and professional allies from Australia’s largest insurers) presented on insurance and HIV.

Find out about National Reconciliation Week 2022

The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme ‘Be Brave, Make Change’ is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations, and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians. It is a time to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Last year Reconciliation Australia encouraged all Australians to take action; not just in National Reconciliation Week but every week of the year. We saw unprecedented response to our suggested actions for every day, and for braver action. This year we are asking everyone to make change beginning with brave actions in their daily lives – where they live, work, play and socialise.

National Reconciliation Week—27 May to 3 June—is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.’

These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively:

  • 27 May 1967:  On this day, Australia’s most successful referendum saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the Census.
  • 3 June 1992:  On this day, the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, the culmination of Eddie Koiki Mabo’s challenge to the legal fiction of ‘terra nullius’ (land belonging to no one) and leading to the legal recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of lands. This decision paved the way for Native Title.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds, and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

Treatment Outreach Network 2022 meeting held virtually

NAPWHA’s Treatment Outreach Network – a membership of professionals from Australian State and Territory peer-based organisations and AIDS Councils, held their bi-annual formal meeting via video conferencing on May 25, 2022. The previous Treatment Outreach Network 2021 meeting was also held online, due to COVID-19 travel complications during that period.

Meeting agenda

TimeSession
11 – 11.15amAcknowledgement of Country
Brief introductions
11.15am – 12.00pmInjectable Treatments Availability in Australia – Presentation and Q&A
Jessica Kent – Associate Director, Medical Science Liaison (ViiV Healthcare Australia) NB This is not a ViiV Healthcare session.
12.00 – 12.15 pmBreak / 15 minutes
12.15 – 12.45pm NAPWHA Research Literacy and Treatment Initiative – Update session from last TON Meeting 2021– Dr Jeanne Ellard – NAPWHA
12.45 – 1.15pmNAPWHA’s Cognitive Health initiative – An international collaboration – Presentation and Q&A
Associate Professor Lucette A. Cysique, UNSW and St. Vincent’s Hospital
1.15 – 1.30pmMeeting review and evaluation
1:30pmMeeting close

Long-Acting Injectables in Australia

In this presentation to the Treatment Outreach Network, Ann Maccerrone and Jessica Kent of ViiV Healthcare Australia present an overview of emerging long-acting HIV injectable antiretroviral therapy. Charlie Tredway, Online Moderator of TIM (The Institute of Many) follows with a community perspective. The session concludes with a Q&A.

In this presentation, Jessica Kent overviews:

  1. ViiV treatment pipeline
  2. Unmet need
  3. Cabotegravir (CAB) plus Rilpivirine (RPV)
  4. Patient reported outcomes
  5. Frequently asked questions and Q&A

Other references:  See also CROI 2022: Injectable CAB/RPV-LA results after three years follow-up reported in i-base (1 March 2022)

Cognitive health for people living with HIV

In this presentation to the Treatment Outreach Network, Associate Professor Lucette A. Cysique – Senior Researcher and Neuropsychologist at
St. Vincent’s Hospital Centre for Medical Research (Sydney, NSW) presents an overview of an emerging research area for Cognitive Health for People living with HIV

In this presentation, Associate Professor Lucette A. Cysique overviews:

  1. What is cognitive health and associated guidelines
  2. Cognitive health for people living with HIV; how to talk about it
  3. Cognitive Aging: Is it HIV or simply aging? What is the evidence?
  4. Successful aging in people living with HIV
  5. Risk factors for cognitive decline and PLHIV; and how to talk about it
  6. Acting now or wait?
  7. How to get a shared understanding of issues and what to do about it: A proposed framework
  8. Proposal: Global connections, website and survey
  9. Some resources: I am experiencing cognitive difficulties; what can I do (referral pathways, etc)

Other references:  Lucette references international work stemming from the National AIDS Treatment Project and HIV & Aging Research Project – Palm Springs (HARP-PS); and an emerging project in-development with University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

About the NAPWHA Treatment Outreach Network

The Treatment Outreach Network (TON) is a formal collaboration of HIV community sector professionals working to optimise the overall wellbeing of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Australia, by providing a high standard of information and current research on issues of health and treatments for HIV.

TON’s role is to provide consistent and up-to-date information to HIV sector professionals working at state and territory HIV community organisations as well as PLHIV. NAPWHA maintains a range of partnerships to ensure the aims of the network are met. The network meets formally once per year and informal communication occurs throughout the rest of the year to continue TON’s work.