LGBTIQ People Ageing Well Report released (SA)

COTA SA & South Australian Rainbow Advocacy Alliance (SARAA), July 2018

The LGBTIQ People Ageing Well Project commenced in April 2017 as a 12-month
joint project between COTA SA and the South Australian Rainbow Advocacy Alliance (SARAA). The main aim of the project was to engage with older people from South Australia’s LGBTIQ communities to find out what matters most to them as they age to better inform policy and create a groundswell for change to the policies that impact on the lives of older LGBTIQ people.

The project also celebrated the lives and contributions of older LGBTIQ people. Their
stories and lived experiences have the power to promote a greater understanding
of a unique set of issues, but also the power to create changes that will support and
enhance the lives of South Australia’s older LGBTIQ population.

This report makes a number of recommendations that can and will make a significant difference to the lives of older LGBTIQ South Australians, and must be addressed by all levels of government and the ageing and aged care sector.

 

 

 

Upcoming free community forum: PrEP_SA_NOW!

SAMESH,  April 2017

There has been a lot of community interest in the PrEPX-SA trial. You are invited to an upcoming community forum where a distinguished panel of experts and community members involved in the field will discuss PrEP, a powerful new tool to prevent HIV and the upcoming PrEPX-SA study.

The panel will include:

  • Associate Professor Edwina Wright (Alfred Health)
  • Professor Steve Wesselingh (SAHMRI)
  • Dr Charlotte Bell (Clinic 275)
  • Community membersWHEN: THURSDAY APRIL 27 6 PM – 7.30 PM

    WHERE: 57 HYDE STREET

    FREE – RSVP via email here

 

SAMESH Newsletter (5) September 2015

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South Australian Targeted HIV and STI Prevention Program

Newsletter (5) September 2015 

It’s been an exciting month for SAMESH with us finding a new home, rolling out new STI and HIV campaigns and recruiting SAMESH volunteers.

QUICK NEWS

  • The lease has been signed and the SAMESH team have a new home! SAMESH will be found in the city at 57 Hyde Street, Adelaide. We’ve set a move date for 2 November, so stay tuned for SAMESH’s official launch at our new site.
  • SAMESH has a new website: www.samesh.org.au/. Also you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter
  • SAMESH wishes to thank Jan Fisher for her generous donation of 600 books to SAMESH. We have made a commitment to Jan Fisher that the books will be made available to community members. SAMESH will establish a library committee in January 2016 and recruit community volunteers to ensure the new SAMESH Library grows and is accessible to the LGBTIQ community.
  • SAMESH has sponsored Feast, and our commitment has been recognised by Feast naming SAMESH the Official Health Partner for 2015 -2016. SAMESH looks forward to working with Adelaide’s leading LGBTIQ Arts Festival throughout the year. Look out for our Drama Down Under Spring campaign throughout the festival.
  • The inaugural South Australian HIV and STI Collaborative Action Group (CAG) had its first meeting, and the HIV sector of South Australia will work collaboratively throughout 2015 -2016 to implement the SA HIV Implementation and Evaluation Plan.
  • SAMESH wishes to thank Ian Purcell, Tim Reeves and Will Sergeant for inviting SAMESH to attend numerous commemorative events for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Gay Law Reform in South Australia. SAMESH’s Team Leader, Wills Logue, looks forward to participating in the State of LGBTI Rights community forum run by the Gay and Lesbian Health Alliance on Saturday 17 October, at the Wheatsheaf Hotel.

COUNSELLING

SAMESH Counselling Service has begun at SHine SA with our peer counsellor Rob Willoughby. A new online counselling service will commence when SAMESH moves to the city location. For an appointment with Rob (Tuesday – Thursday) call Shine SA reception on 1300 794 584.

SAMESH will establish a peer volunteer counselling service in the near future. If you’re a qualified counsellor and a gay man and/or person living with HIV, please contact our volunteer coordinator Daniel Jefferies via email:   daniel.jeffries@shinesa.org.au

VOLUNTEERS

SAMESH’s Volunteer program is up and running. We have recruited community members to pack our ‘Safe Packs’ for distribution across Adelaide gay venues, social groups and sexual health Clinics.

We’re looking to recruit volunteers to help with SAMESH outreach during Pride March, Feast, Picnic and World AIDS Day. If you want more information contact Daniel, details below.

SAMESH volunteer co-ordinator delivered his first sauna outreach sessions last Friday and we’re looking to recruit and train community members to provide sexual health information to sauna users. If you use the sauna and are keen to become a safer sex SAMESH ambassador contact Daniel: email daniel.jeffries@shinesa.org.au

GetPEP

The GetPEP campaign has been launched, with posters being distributed to Pulteney 431, Mars Bar & various pub/club locations around Adelaide over the next month. Look out for SAMESH PEP coasters, condoms and business cards at numerous queer and non queer venues across Adelaide.

Blaze readers can see our PEP advert in the September issue. For further information check out our updated PEP info page: http://www.samesh.org.au/been-exposed-(pep).html

POSITIVE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT – By Steve Moran

A highlight for me has been attending the Positive Leadership Development Institute™ (PLDI™) “Who am I as a Leader” workshop. The workshop was held in the stunning Dandenong Ranges from 4 – 6 September, and to say the workshop was motivational and inspirational would be an understatement!

The Positive Leadership Development (PLDI™) offers people living with HIV across Australia and New Zealand the opportunity to develop skills for leadership and resilience. PLDI™ is about identifying and building the personal sense of agency and capacity that translates into resilient leadership practices and strengthened community outcomes.

The workshop was attended by 12 amazingly diverse people living with HIV (PLHIV) from across Australia and New Zealand. The diversity of our experiences as PLHIV across age, gender, sexuality and time since diagnosis allowed us to bond and discuss the issues that impact our communities and how we can work together to create a rich web of connection and community. The workshop activities were at times personally challenging but intensely rewarding. As a community of people living with HIV we learnt a lot by stepping outside of our own realms of knowledge and connecting with others such as taking more with positive women, younger people living with HIV and people living with HIV from different cultural backgrounds. The people I shared the intense experience with will stay with me forever and since the workshop we have been frantically keeping in touch to build on the sense of urgency, energy and excitement we experienced.

Over the coming months you will be hearing more about the Positive Leadership Development Institute™ and how SAMESH will be supporting other PLHIV in the community to attend future workshops around the country.

If you would like to know more about the Positive Leadership Development Institute please feel free to call me Mon – Fri 08 8300 5371 or email steve.moran@shinesa.org.au.

New Agreements Finalised for HIV Services [in SA]

Media Release
SA Health, 6 May 2015

Contracts for services supporting South Australians living with or at risk of HIV have been finalised with three new HIV programs to commence on 1 July 2015.

Professor Paddy Phillips Acting Chief Public Health Officer SA Health, said the new programs will ensure people living with HIV are at the forefront of the HIV response in South Australia.

“A community advisory group will be established to advise the consortium partners on program development and delivery and the transition process from the current to the new program.

“The HIV and STI prevention program will provide critical prevention education on HIV and access to on-site clinical sexual health services, including, in time, rapid HIV testing.

“The program will be delivered by a consortium partnership between Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) and SHine SA.

“HIV services provided also include a targeted STI and BBV (blood borne virus) prevention program for sex workers as well as individualised support programs for people with HIV,” Professor Phillips said.

“Our program targeting sex workers will be delivered by Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, and SA Sex Industry Network (SA SIN), while Centacare Catholic Family Services will provide individualised care and support for people with HIV.

“A community advisory group will be established to advise the consortium partners on program development and delivery and the transition process from the current to the new program.

“In late 2014 we initiated a public tender process for three new service contracts for a three year period with a one year extension option.

“Following a competitive tender process, preferred suppliers were identified and we look forward to working with each successful provider in delivering high quality and integrated HIV prevention and support services to our community.

“We will work with both the new suppliers and current service providers while transition occurs to ensure essential services are maintained through this process.”

SHine SA Chief Executive, Jill Davidson said that SHine SA is looking forward to the
opportunity to deliver vital health and education services through the HIV and STI
prevention program.

“We are excited to be working in partnership with SA Health, the VAC and the
community advisory group to improve health outcomes and awareness of HIV for
South Australians,” Jill Davidson said.

Downland PDF of medial release here 060515 – Media Release – NEW AGREEMENTS FINALISED FOR HIV SERVICES