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Strategic Plan Development

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

As part of developing our strategic plan, Living Positive Victoria and Straight Arrows would like to invite our members to provide input to ensure that your priorities and needs are taken into account.

The following survey has been created to collect feedback on current programs and services and identify what areas the merged organisation should focus on in the future.

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes. Click the link below to get started.

TWO iN ONE: Managing HIV and Hepatits C

Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Living with both HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) can be difficult, but new treatments and developments have changed everything. Come join a discussion with experts on HIV and HCV and learn about the new treatments, how to reduce your risk, new methods of prevention, and living well with HIV and HCV.

The Hare Hole at Hares & Hyenas
63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Wednesday, 24th August 2016, 6:30pm

Light refreshments provided

Melanie Eagle (Hepatitis Victoria)
Brent Allan (Living Positive Victoria)
Joel Murray (The Positive Speakers Bureau)
Dr Joe Sasadeusz (The Royal Melbourne Hospital)

Straight Arrows and Living Positive Victoria Members Vote to Merge

Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

On 4th August, 2016 members of Straight Arrows and Living Positive Victoria voted unanimously to merge our organisations.


We would like to thank everyone involved for their vision, hard work and support through this journey. We would particularly like to thank the Department of Health and Human Services, for their continued financial and logistical support, and Hive Legal and Arnold Bloch Leibler for providing pro-bono legal advice throughout this process.

We are planning expanded services for women and heterosexual men living with HIV and their partners and families. We are also looking forward to being better able to represent and advocate for the needs of women and heterosexual men at both the state and federal level. While there is a process in place to put the merger into effect we are continuing to offer our regular services and we will keep members informed about the progress.

We are excited about a bright future for all positive people in Victoria, moving forward, stronger together.

Straight Arrows and Living Positive Victoria are merging!

Posted on Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Joint statement from the Chair of Straight Arrows and the President of Living Positive Victoria.

After years of working together, Living Positive Victoria and Straight Arrows are pleased to announce the merging of the two organisations which will have a greater capacity to support all people living with HIV in Victoria.

Since 2014 March, the Strengthening Positive Voices (SPV) working group has met bi-weekly to explore the potential opportunities of merging of both organisations.

“The vision of Straight Arrows and Living Positive Victoria are intertwined,” says Jeffery Robertson, Chair of Straight Arrows. “Together, we can better allocate time and resources which will be put back into services and improving the lives of all our members.”

The vision is centred on expanding and enhancing the range of support services available to people living with HIV. The diversity of those living with HIV include heterosexual men, families and women which has been the focus of Straight Arrows since 1995.

“For Living Positive Victoria, this merger brings new skills, insight and lived experience that broadens our reach and enables us to better advocate and support the diversity of people as reflected in our membership,” says Richard Keane, President of Living Positive Victoria.

The SPV working group will be engaging in public consultation over the next few months to gather feedback as it finalises the legal requirements of the merge. This information will be shared on both organisations websites and open to public consultation from the end of March.

Members and the public are encouraged to watch for updates for public consultation forums on the Living Positive Victoria and Straight Arrows’ website and social media accounts.

For more information, including a list of frequently asked questions click here or visit livingpositivevictoria.org.au