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Taking the temperature of the Association — Richard Keane

Richard Keane, CEO of Living Positive Victoria shares stories about life and times, resilience and community during COVID-19 with Dr John Rule (NAPWHA Senior Research Manager) during the Stage 4 restriction in Melbourne that commenced on 2 August 2020. The National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) is Australia’s peak non-government organisation representing community-based groups of people living with HIV across Australia. In this video series, we share the experiences and responses of communities managing and adapting to the unfolding 2020 pandemic.

This interview was recorded on 18 August 2020

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Read Moments of creativity and connection — Supporting people living with HIV during COVID-19 by Tim Krulic (a health promotion officer at Living Positive Victoria and PhD candidate at ARCSHS).

The Melbourne 2020 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, hosted by Living Positive Victoria and Positive Women Victoria was live streamed and premiered on May 17, 2020.

Hear other video episodes

In this series, Dr John Rule reports back from the NAPWHA members to hear about community stories and community-led responses adapting to life during COVID-19.

Taking the Temperature — Episode 01 — Sam and Wilo
Taking the Temperature — Episode 03 — Kirsty Machon
Taking the Temperature — Episode 04 — Anth McCarthy
Taking the Temperature — Episode 05 — Hayden Patterson
Taking the Temperature — Episode 06 — Charlie Tredway

Taking the temperature of the Association — Anth McCarthy

Anth McCarthy of Living Positive Victoria shares stories about life and times, resilience and community during COVID-19 with Dr John Rule (NAPWHA Senior Research Manager) bringing focus to the invaluable role of peer navigation support. The interview was recorded during the Stage 4 restriction in Melbourne that commenced on 2 August 2020.

The National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) is Australia’s peak non-government organisation representing community-based groups of people living with HIV across Australia. In this video series, we share the experiences and responses of communities managing and adapting to the unfolding 2020 pandemic.

This interview was recorded on 2 September 2020

Stay Connected to Living Positive Victoria

For PLHIV in Victoria, it’s important now more than ever to know that you have someone to connect with if you need to. Peer Navigators can provide one-on-one support for you on your journey with HIV, helping you achieve your goals and reach full physical and emotional wellbeing. They can also connect you to other programs, help you with referrals to other services and provide information on many aspects of living with HIV.

Hear other video episodes

In this series, Dr John Rule reports back from the NAPWHA members to hear about community stories and community-led responses adapting to life during COVID-19.

Taking the Temperature — Episode 01 — Sam and Wilo
Taking the Temperature — Episode 02 — Richard Keane
Taking the Temperature — Episode 03 — Kirsty Machon
Taking the Temperature — Episode 05 — Hayden Patterson
Taking the Temperature — Episode 06 — Charlie Tredway

Australia sets standards for HIV peer support in clinical practice

NAPWHA Australian Peer Support StandardsAustralian HIV Peer Support Standards have been published by the National Association of People With HIV Australia (NAPWHA) in 2020, aimed at providing an excellent framework to guide people who are living with HIV, either providing or accessing peer support. They also can be used by healthcare providers, community health workers in who provide client services within HIV organisations, or policy makers who are setting  performance standards for the provision of peer support.

“Call it peer support, call it peer navigation, call it what you will – these Standards formalise the peer workforce, the strength of community, positive people supporting positive people, lived experience, strength, and shared journeys,” said NAPWHA President, Scott Harlum.

“They represent the evolution and practical implementation of once revolutionary ideas”.

The four Standards outlined in the document seek to ensure that peer support is provided by people living with HIV and that peer supporters will receive excellent training, on-going support and practice monitoring. Moreover, that they will be able to provide peer support that is tailored to the needs of specific populations, including to Indigenous Australians, adolescents and culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Lisa Bastian (Manager, Sexual Health and Blood-Borne Virus Program, at the Government of Western Australia Department of Health) also endorsed the Standards.

“Each standard describes the expected outcomes for people living with HIV who are accessing peer support programs. Importantly, the standards also describe the requisite skills and competencies required of a peer supporter. It also explicitly recognises the need to invest in training and supervision for peer supporters”.

NAPWHA HIV Peer Navigator training in development

Throughout 2020-2021, NAPWHA continue to develop HIV Peer Navigator training, in the format of online learning modules. The aim will be to accredit the course through the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) VET qualifications, to enable that may be delivered via a registered training organisation (RTO).

HIV Peer Support Standards to be launched at the Virtual 2020 HIV Conference

Watch a presentation by the Standards’ co-author, Adrian Ogier (NAPWHA Deputy Director) who will promote the NAPWHA HIV Peer Support Standards next week in a presentation at the Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference held virtually from 16 – 20 November 2020.

He references current exemplars of peer-delivered service delivery that support people living with HIV, including that of Positive Life NSW’s HIV Work Ready program; Living Positive Victoria’s Peer Navigation Program; Positive Women Victoria’s and Queensland Positive People’s (QPP) peer supporters (comprising Peer Navigators, Peer Case Managers, and Peer Facilitators).

The Standards are dedicated to those brave HIV peer supporters who led the way.