Community care teams in Australia will play an important part for ageing PLHIV diagnosed pre-1996.
Specialist community care teams will continue to play an important role for people living with HIV, particularly with clients who are ageing and were diagnosed before new treatments were introduced in 1996, new research shows.
Researchers found many people with HIV have experienced, and continue to experience, stigma and discrimination when seeking services to support them at home.
RDNS’ (Royal District Nursing Service) Melbourne-based HIV team, which supports 220 clients with an average age of 55, has published the findings in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.
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The AIDS Action Council of the ACT held their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 28 November and announced their newest Life Members – John Mackay and Danny Ryding. The evening also included a Peter Rowland Memorial Address and election of a renewed Board.
The Council Awards presented included the President’s Award to longtime volunteer Pat McEwan and Communications Awards to Jacob White the driving force behind Yes!Fest and Jules Kim, CEO of Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association.
“Our work is supported by an incredible network of individuals and organisations every year,” said the Council’s Executive Director Philippa Moss. “Our annual awards are just a small token of our appreciation and a way we can acknowledge the meaningful impact of their contribution.”
The AGM showcased the work of the organisation and demonstrated the impact this work provides. The Council’s Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, ‘Contribution to Change’ brings together peer-based expertise, evaluation data, and the results of external research to build a credible picture of how the Council is contributing to outcomes for the community it seeks to serve. The 2017-2018 Impact Report can be found on the website www.aidsaction.org.au
The membership elected five new members to the Board to steer and govern the organisation. Adam Stankevicius, Tim Dyke, Sue Webeck, Elena Rosenman and Joel Radcliffe join ongoing Board members, Wayne Herbert, Alex Durrant and Michael Sparks. Philippa Moss said “Our Board is essential to the good governance of the Council and we appreciate their insight, expertise and generous support as volunteers who play a vital role in the strategic direction and sustainability of the Council.”
For more information please contact the AIDS Action Council on 6257 2855.
While many LGBTI people live happy, healthy and productive lives, there are a range of preventable mental health issues which affect a disproportionate number of people in the LGBTI community compared to the general population. LGBTI people are twice as likely to experience anxiety disorders, three times as likely to experience affective disorders such as depression and social phobias and five times more likely to experience major depressive episodes.