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Straight Arrows History

Posted on Monday, March 07, 2016

Longstanding member of Straight Arrows, Peter Davis, has created a wonderful audio documentary of the history of Straight Arrows.

Peter has interviewed founding members, staff and board members past and present to weave an evocative account of the Straight Arrows story. Personal anecdotes bring to life the early days of Straight Arrows, reflections on camp seaside, the importance of support before effective treatments became available and the growth of Straight Arrows over the years. Peter is a fabulous story teller and his account is beautiful and heart-warming.

To listen please go to http://straightarrows.org.au/resources/stories and click on Straight Arrows History link at the top of the page.

Phoenix for Women

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016

SAT 16 April 9.00am - 5.00pm to SUN 17 April 9.00am - 5.00pm

Straight Arrows, in partnership with Living Positive Victoria and Positive Women, have developed a workshop for women who have recently been diagnosed with HIV. 

Phoenix is for women who have been recently diagnosed or living with HIV for some time and are ready to connect in a safe and confidential environment. Meet other women living with HIV and receive the latest information from the healthcare profession on treatment, relationships, disclosure and wellbeing in a safe, confidential, supportive environment.

The workshop provides an opportunity to:

  • Meet other women living with HIV
  • Explore issues around disclosure, negotiating sex and relationships
  • Find out how to maintain your sexual health 
  • Learn about how to access HIV services and organisations
  • Latest HIV treatment information
  • Have your questions answered by HIV specialists 
  • Talk about your experience with HIV
  • Start planning for the future

Feedback from participants:

“It was fantastic. So much great information and support from the facilitators and speakers”

“What a confidence booster – I didn’t think I needed this but I was so wrong”

“Meeting and talking with others in the same situation makes all the difference”

“Before doing the workshop I felt so alone. Now I feel so much more confident to deal with the challenges that lie ahead”

“Over the last few months I have just wanted the world to stop for a minute. But after this weekend I’m ready to join the universe again. This is the first time I’ve met others with HIV, that I know of anyway”

"It was nice and great to meet others and listen to the stories and guidance. Anxious, yes I was. A little bit more Confident now, yes I am. Looking upon a better future, yes I will try as it is a learning path. Thank to you all of you again."

“I feel so much better after having attended the phoenix workshop. I didn’t think I would get much out of a workshop, It’s not my sort of thing but I trusted my social worker and I’m so glad I went. When I saw her on Monday she thought I looked like a different person. So much more relaxed. It was just so good to go. The workshop has really helped with how I feel. The two guest speakers were great. Thank you so much for running the phoenix workshop. You’re doing a great job.”

"It was a great week end and I had fears like you guys - Facilitators were Fab & Excellent. You get info, guidance, share stories and thoughts. It was really good to be with others and great people. I recommend the workshop. Get in contact with the team."

"I survived Phoenix! For all curious I highly recommend going, it was a great experience, the facilitators were all amazing, and the group was very warm and open and I even made some friends." 

To be held at Coventry House – 1/111 Coventry St, Southbank, VIC 3006

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Childcare is available and financial assistance for long distance travel can be arranged


To express interest in our next workshop, click here

For questions or further information, email peersupport@positivewomen.org.au or call 03 9863 8747

Introducing Matt Powell

Posted on Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Introducing our new Peer Support Worker I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce Matt Powell, our new peer Support officer. Matt is a wonderful addition to the Straight Arrows team, with a lived experience of HIV and personable, easy-going manner.

At the moment matt is working in the Straight Arrows offices on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. He will be moving to Wednesday and Fridays from December and will be offering an outreach service through the Positive Living Centre from December. If you would like to talk to Matt please call him at Straight Arrows on 9863 9414 to make an appointment.

The Disclosure Project

Posted on Monday, February 08, 2016

The Disclosure Project is an online living book chronicling stories of HIV disclosure told by people within our community. Stories are shared through text, audio and video. The stories are as varied as the contributors. The context of disclosure may vary, disclosing HIV to friends, family, potential sexual partners or the wider community, yet each story is poignant, powerful and often affirming. Stories have been contributed by both men and women and people of all sexual orientations. Some touch on the particular difficulties faced by heterosexual men and women living with HIV and all are testament to the courage of people living with HIV in taking a leap of faith and disclosing their HIV status. 

If you have a story of HIV disclosure you would like to share the Disclosure Project would love to hear from you. They are particularly keen to represent the diversity of people living with HIV, in particular heterosexual men and women. You will be supported through the process to tell your story in a form that is right for you. Your participation will be treated confidentially and your story will only be used with your express consent.   

To Listen to the stories or for more information on how you can add your voice, go to www.disclosureproject.org.au

Straight Arrows Dinner and Trivia Night

Posted on Monday, February 08, 2016

Our first dinner of the year will be held at the PLC. We will be having a 3 course gourmet buffet BBQ and a trivia night. It will be a fun night to test our knowledge and have a few laughs. Please use the try booking link http://www.trybooking.com/163357 to rsvp or look it up using the word Trivia. The invitation code is also Trivia.

Location: Positive Living Centre, 51 Commercial Rd, Prahran 3181
Date: Tuesday 22nd March, 6:30pm
Bookings: http://www.trybooking.com/163357  
Invitation code: Trivia

This is an adult only event but in home childcare can be provided

Straight Arrows & PLC BBQ

Posted on Monday, February 08, 2016

Straight Arrows and the PLC are again continuing our great working relationship by holding a joint BBQ. It commences at 12pm and finishes at 2:30pm. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. It’s a great way to meet new people and engage with both Straight Arrows and the PLC. 

Please RSVP to Matt Powell - peersupport@straightarrows.org.au

Summer members’ Fun Day

Posted on Monday, February 08, 2016

Please come and join us for our Straight Arrows Summer Members’ day. It’s a day at the Zoo with a difference. With over 100 animal sand sculptures, activities for the kids and a BBQ lunch its sure to be a great day. Located on the Frankston foreshore. Please confirm you and your family’s attendance by using Try Booking link http://www.trybooking.com/KEMK or using Sand, Family Day or Summer to look up the event. The invitation code is Sand.

Chin Wag - What's new and what's changed in HIV

Posted on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Join us on Monday October 12th to hear the latest on treatments, new research, PrEP and PEP, community dispensing and living well with HIV. Panellists include Professor Jenny Hoy, Vic Perri (Living Positive Victoria), Dr Vincent Cornelisse (Centre Clinic) and Cath Smith (HIV Stigma Warrior).

Download the flyer:

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HIV: What’s Changed and What’s New?

Posted on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Thursday October 8th, University of Melbourne Theatre, Shepparton. A forum for people living with HIV and those working in the sector in the Hume region. 

This forum is held by Straight Arrows and Living Positive Victoria in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health and Goulburn Valley Health. It will provide:

  • The latest information about HIV treatments and recent research
  • The opportunity to hear the stories of local people living with HIV
  • Information about the peer based services available to people living with HIV in the Hume region
  • Information on recent changes to the way services and treatments are delivered to PLHIV such as community dispensing

A wonderful selection of speakers has been arranged including keynote speaker and moderator Rowena Allen, Gender and Sexuality Commissioner; Cath Smith, Stigma Warrior and local woman living with HIV and Director of Positive Women Victoria; Suzanne Wallis, Sexual Health Nurse Practitioner at Goulburn Valley Health; Richard Keane, Director of Living Positive Victoria; and Matt Powell, Peer Support Worker at Straight Arrows. 

This will be an interactive forum with a moderated panel of guests and the opportunity for the audience to engage directly with the panellists. Light refreshments will be served.

Download the flyer:

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Positive Leadership Development Institute Australia (PLDI™) goes from strength to strength in 2014-15

Posted on Monday, August 24, 2015

PLDI™ Australia, Launched at AIDS 2014, has emerged as an important program to foster leadership within the community of people living with HIV. The 22 partners, including Straight Arrows, and the six collaborating partners who fund the program continue to invest in fostering the resilience and leadership needed if we are going to achieve the goal of virtual elimination of HIV transmissions.

PLDI™ Australia collaboration is quickly becoming a source of renewal and inspiration for people living with HIV. One such story is that of Stephen Morgan, an indigenous man living with HIV:

“PLDI was a great experience. PLDI identifies and nurtures the leadership potential in people living with HIV and creates mentors within community. I’ll be recommending it to all my peers in NSW. Following my graduation, I landed a job at ACON as Aboriginal Project Officer, Community Partnership and Population Programs. A bit of dream come true in terms of my professional development and personal goals to build a better community. Not only am I happy to be identified as a PLDI graduate, I am proud to be a PLDI graduate.”

The PLDI™ Australia facilitation team is made up of graduates selected by their peers who undergo a year-long three stage process of training and development to equip them with the coordination, facilitation and evaluation skills to be leaders in their fields. These committed professionals guide the participants through the weekend’s intensive training and exploration of leadership.

The guiding council of PLDI™ Australia is made up of individuals representing the collaborating partners. PLDI™ Australia acknowledges their hard work and commitment during 2014-15 including NAPWHA, Living Positive Victoria, ARCSHS, ACON, AFAO, QPP and VAC.

“A massive thank you to everyone who has made this inaugural year such a success. PLDI™ Australia graduates are already transforming communities of people living with HIV across the country. It’s their collective leadership that is modelling the way. Their shared commitment to challenging the process. Their individual passion that is inspiring a shared vision. Their insights into living with HIV are enabling others to act. And their growth and developing is encouraging the heart,” says Brent Allan, Chief Executive Officer, Living Positive Victoria.

PLDI™ Australia currently offers four leadership courses a year in various locations around Australia. They are looking for potential participants as well as organisational partners to take part in future PLDI™ workshops. There is a selection process designed to identify emerging leaders and to ensure that the group reflects the diversity of the positive community. A number of Straight Arrows members have attended the workshop and found it to be of great benefit in their personal and professional lives. For more information visit http://www.livingpositivevictoria.org.au/programs/pldi. If you are interested in attending a future PLDI™ workshop contact pldi@livingpositivevictoria.org.au to express your interest.