BC Works


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