Home

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.

Webinar: The future of peer practice

Watch it here: On 3 December 2020 from 3PM (AEST) NAPWHA celebrated the launch of the Australian HIV Peer Support Standards with a lively discussion on the future of peer support practices in HIV and sexual health.

Peer practices have played a central role in the community response to HIV. Our familiarity with this history can sometimes mask the innovation taking place in this field. This panel discussion is an opportunity to reflect on the potential of a new generation of peer practices that integrate the community response with clinical and social services. Our panel will share their experiences working as and with peers in community and clinical services in the fields of HIV and trans sexual health.

Guests

  • 00:00 Daniel Reeders, NAPWHA Learning & host — Welcome to Country
  • 02:39 Sarah Feagan, Living Positive Victoria — Intro to HIV Peer Navigation
  • 13:19 Ruan Uys, Bobby Goldsmith Foundation — Peer journey from support to peer programs
  • 19:50 Liz Duck-Chong, ACON trans[TEST] — Peer-led integrated clinical practice model
  • 26:30 Dr Vincent Cornelisse, Kirketon Road Centre — Peer-led integrated clinical practice model
  • 32:16 Q&A with the panel
  • 47:20 Adrian Ogier, NAPWHA Deputy Director — Launches Australian HIV Peer Support Standards
  • 53:50 Daniel Reeders, NAPWHA Learning & host — NAPWHA Learning online (in-development)

Event Details

The event is a launch for two exciting NAPWHA initiatives: the Australian HIV Peer Support Standards and the development of online learning for HIV Peer Navigators.

Enquiries

Contact Daniel Reeders — daniel@napwha.org.au