Specific, targeted services for people living with HIV/AIDS are available in most parts of Australia. Education, peer support, financial counselling and assistance and many more free services are available to help.
Straight Arrows offer peer support, information, advocacy, health promotion and referrals for HIV positive heterosexual men, women, their partners and families. In recognition of our members' diverse needs, we provide a safe and comfortable environment that is completely confidential.
- Legal services referral (HALC)
- Social contact
- One-to-one peer support
- Hospital/ward visits
- Outreach/home visits
- Quarterly Dinners
- Facilitated groups
- Speakers for education in wider community
- Drop in space for coffee and/or a chat
- Online forums and peer support
- Financial relief and Child Care reimbursements.
Suite1/111 Coventry Street
Southbank Vic 3006
Hours: Monday – Thursday 9.30am – 4pm
Tel: (03) 9863 9414
Fax: (03) 9863 9421
Living Positive Victoria
Living Positive Victoria offers a number of peer education and support programs including programs for people who are newly diagnosed, younger men (<35 years) and QUIT smoking programs, as well as one on one peer support. The agency is looking to offer leadership development programs, targeted peer support for rural, people from CALD communities and young people living with HIV.
Suite 1/111 Coventry Street
Southbank, Victoria 3006
Tel: (03) 9863 8733
Fax: (03) 9863 8734
Positive Women Victoria
Positive Women Victoria (PWV) is the only organisation in Australia that specifically focuses on women living with HIV.
PWV is a Victorian state-wide service that offers confidential information and support for women living HIV. It is run by women for women. PWV also develops health promotion resources and activities and advocates for the health and human rights of women living with HIV in many forums.
Positive Women offer:
- one-to-one contact in person or by phone
- regular events such as dinners, social events
- a regular newsletter
- health forums, workshops
- women specific resources
- information and referrals
- health and well-being weekends
- hospital and home visits on request.
Victorian AIDS Council
Services offered include:
- Support for partners, family and friends
- Information and advice in relation to your health care
- Referral to other agencies
- Social and emotional support and outings
- Financial assistance
- Legal assistance
- Advocacy on behalf of clients
- Personal care in your home
- Assistance with gardening, shopping, washing and other domestics tasks
- Transport to medical appointments.
Check you eligibility with the Victorian AIDS Council on (03) 9865 6700.
These services are available through the Positive Living Center
51 Commercial Road
South Yarra Vic 3141
Phone: (03) 9863 0444
Fax: (03) 9820 3166
Toll Free: 1800 622 795
This is a telephone counseling service that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are connected automatically to the nearest available Lifeline centre for the cost of a local call, from anywhere in Australia.
Tel: 13 11 14
Country Awareness Network (CAN)
CAN is a statewide organisation which represents regional and rural interests.
Its aim is to be a resource for people affected or infected by HIV/AIDS or other blood borne diseases, and it can be accessed by agencies or individuals across Victoria. CAN also acts as a facilitator for education, training and events, support and care to be run by local communities for local communities in rural Victoria.