Needs analysis survey for People Living With HIV in SA

Positive Life SA & SAMESH, October 2018

We are undertaking a community needs assessment to guide the work of this organisation and the wider HIV sector in South Australia. We want to give people living with HIV in South Australia an opportunity to have a say in our future and help to shape HIV services.

This online survey is an important part of this process. It will also help to guide closer cooperation and collaboration between existing HIV services, identify any gaps in service provision, and create new strategies to address those gaps.

This survey asks your opinions about issues you think should be a priority for Positive Life SA and the HIV services sector. Your responses are strictly confidential. Workers involved in this survey are bound by strict policies regarding privacy and confidentiality.

Completing the survey should take less than 5-10 minutes. 

This survey will close on NOVEMBER 30th 2018.

HIV rapid testing in community and outreach sites: results of a demonstration project in Italy

BMC Public Health

2018 18:748

Published: 18 June 2018mob

Abstract

Background

Globally the access to HIV testing has greatly increased over the past 30 years. Nonetheless, a high proportion of people living with HIV remains undiagnosed, even in resource rich countries. To increase the proportion of people aware of their HIV serostatus and their access to medical care, several strategies have been proposed including HIV rapid test programs offered outside health facilities. The aim of this project was to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of the HIV rapid testing offered in community and outreach settings in Italy.

Methods

We conducted a national demonstration project on HIV rapid tests offered in community and outreach settings, including nongovernmental organization (NGO) facilities, primary care services for migrants and low-threshold services or mobile units for drug users (DU services). HIV rapid test on oral fluid (OraQuick®; Orasure Technologies) was anonymously offered to eligible people who presented themselves at the selected sites. Those with reactive results were referred to a specialized outpatient unit for confirmatory testing and medical care.

Results

Over a period of six months a total of 2949 tests were performed and 45.2% of individuals tested had not been previously tested. Overall 0.9% (27/2949) of tested people had a preliminary positive test. In NGO facilities the positivity rate was 1%. All subjects who performed their confirmatory test were confirmed as positive. In services for migrants the positivity rate was 0.5 and 80% were referred to care (with 1 false positive test). In DU services we observed the highest positivity rate (1.4%) but the lowest linkage to care (67%), with 1 false positive test.

Conclusion

Our project showed that the offering of an HIV rapid testing program in community and outreach settings in Italy is feasible and that it may reach people who have never been tested before, while having a significant yield in terms of new HIV diagnoses as well.

Sex Industry Network (SIN) events for FEAST festival

SIN, November 2017

SIN is the South Australian Sex Industry Network.

SIN is run by sex workers for sex workers and offers peer support, education, information, advocacy and referral services for sex workers.

SIN has two events scheduled for FEAST. These events are open to the general public.

1. SIN Retrospective

This multimedia retrospective by sex workers showcases projects, posters and artwork exploring the realities of trans, male, female and street-based sex workers across ages and cultural backgrounds.

When: from Thurs 9th- Mon 27th Nov, 11am – 10pm daily

(Opening night is Wed 8th Nov 5:30-7:30)

Where: Upstairs at the Edinburgh Castle Hote

2. Ask a Sex Worker a Question

Step into the Fantasy Brothel confidential confessional and ask a sex worker everything you always wanted to know about sex work but were too afraid to ask.

2 sessions:

Wed 15th Nov
4-6pm and 7-9pm

Wed 22nd Nov
4-6pm and 7-9pm

Where: Upstairs at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel

Actors wanted! (Young Aboriginal people)

SHINE SA, April 2017

Actors wanted!!

Our Yarning On program is currently working on a project to develop a film resource for young Aboriginal people in South Australia around sexual health and relationships.

We are looking for young Aboriginal people who may be interested in doing some acting and being involved in this film.

• No experience needed
• Theatre coaching included
• Great work experience
• Payment included

If you think this could be for you please email your name and contact details to jessica.wishart@shinesa.org.au
by Friday 5 May 2017 – or you can call Jessica for a yarn on 8300 5344

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Download flyer (PDF) at the link: YO Actors Flyer

Six Month 0.5 Project Position at SHine SA – Disability Services

PROJECT OFFICER DISABILITY SERVICES RE-ESTABLISHMENT PROJECT

This would suit a person who has had experience in providing sexuality education to individuals living with a disability, or an experienced developmental educator who wishes to gain experience in the sexuality and relationship assessment and education field.

Please note that applications close on Applications close C.O.B. Friday 27th February 2015

Salary $66,023 pro rata

  • 6-month Contract: Half Time (0.5EFT)
  • April – September 2015 inclusive (or by negotiation)
  • Hours and days of work can be flexible
  • Generous salary sacrificing opportunities

SHine SA is the leading sexual health agency in South Australia. We are a not-for-profit, non-government organisation working in partnership with government, health, education and community agencies and communities to improve the sexual and reproductive health and relationship wellbeing of South Australians.
This is part of a larger project aimed at re-generating a flow of referral to SHine SA for assessment and education services and at re-embedding disability service provision within SHine SA’s service profile, ultimately on a fee-for-service basis.
The Project Officer: Disability Services Re-establishment Project, based at Woodville, will be responsible for:
– promoting, planning, delivering and evaluating assessment, education and consultation services free-of-charge to a limited number of people living with a disability their families and support workers;
– drafting two booklets aimed at increasing capacity for informed and consensual participation in clinical sexual health services by people living with a disability;
–  working collaboratively with the Coordinator Disability Worker Education and a Level 2 Nurse in achieving the broader project outcomes (available upon request);
– taking the lead in producing an evaluation report for Community Benefit SA.
The Project Officer will have:
– established networks within the disability sector;
– proven experience in working from a person centred position with a diverse client base of people living with a disability;
– experience in using augmentative tools in effective communication, assessment and education about sexual health issues;
– ability to resolve conflict and to communicate in a respectful and effective manner with families and other professionals.

For a copy of the Job & Person Specification or to discuss details of the position contact Ralph Brew on 8300 5318 or via email: ralph.brew@shinesa.org.au

Applications should include a brief covering letter, a current resume, contact details for three referees and a detailed response to the key performance indicators related to your skill and experience.

Applications should be emailed to ralph.brew@shinesa.org.au by close of business Friday 27 February 2015.