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Would you like to work for Straight Arrows? We’re Hiring!


Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Come work for us as a Peer Support Officer

Straight Arrows is seeking a Peer Support Officer to join our peer support team. The role of the Peer Support Officer is to provide dynamic, peer led programs, which foster the resilience and emotional, social and physical wellbeing of heterosexual men, all women and children living with HIV and their families. It is the role of the Peer Support Officer to support the health and wellbeing of members living with HIV by creating an enabling environment in which individuals are empowered to realise their aspirations, meet their needs and participate fully in society.

Part time position, 12 hours per week.

SCHADS Award – Level 4

A salary packaging option is available.

Prerequisites:

  • relevant degree with one year’s relevant experience; associate diploma with relevant experience;
  • lesser formal qualifications with substantial years of relevant experience; or
  • attained through previous appointments, service and/or study, an equivalent level of expertise and experience to undertake a range of activities,

and

  • ability to create and develop positive linkages with the HIV community;
  • highly developed communication and interpersonal skills and excellent organisational skills;
  • ability to work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities and individuals living with a disability;
  • a current and valid driver's licence and the ability to undertake some travel; and
  • satisfactory Police Records Check and Working with Children Check are required.

Send applications to executiveofficer@straightarrows.org.au or mail to Sara Graham, Executive officer, Straight Arrows, 1/111 Coventry St, Southbank 3006 VIC. For a confidential discussion about the role, we encourage you to contact Sara Graham – Straight Arrows manager on 03 9863 9414. Download a copy of the position description here.

Applications close 12 December 2016.

Living Positive Victoria and Straight Arrows take child safety very seriously have a zero tolerance approach to child harm.

Are You Living Positive Victoria's Next Top Model?


Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Living Positive Victoria is refreshing our website and part of that is to add photos of people to put a human face to HIV, showcase the work we do and highlight the diversity of people we support.

This is open to ALL people with HIV and anyone else who supports the work of the organisation. There will be a variety of photo styles taken so if you’re not comfortable showing your face we can easily work around that.

Photos will start to take place from the end of October. If you’re interested or know anyone who would be interested please send in your contact details (see below) and we’ll be in touch with more detail.

For more information contact Randelle, 9863 8733, randerson@livingpositivevictoria@org.au

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.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LivingPosandSA

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

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.

Vale Vincent Christian


Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Straight Arrows are deeply saddened by the passing of our Peer Support Worker Vincent Christian and we wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Vince was a friend and confidant to many within the positive community, committed to breaking down HIV stigma and encouraging people living with HIV to lead a full and meaningful life. He was a beautiful soul with deep compassion, a radiant optimism and a cheeky sense of humour. He was a comfort to many and touched the heart of all who met him.

Vince will be greatly missed by us all here at Straight Arrows. Our sympathy goes out to his wife Stefanie and his family, friends and loved ones.

A funeral for Vince will be held at the Positive Living Centre, 51 Commercial Road, Prahran on Saturday 20th June at 2pm. There will be light refreshments after the funeral.