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Russell Westacott describes how Positive Life and ACON are working together on positive health promotion strategies. This presentation was given at the AFAO 2008 HIV Educators' Conference.

Russell Westacott describes how Positive Life and ACON are working together on positive health promotion strategies. This presentation was given at the AFAO 2008 HIV Educators' Conference.

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  • 1. NSW HIV+ Health Promotion Interagency
    • AFAO
    • Educator’s Conference
    • 2008
    Russell Westacott Director of Client Services, ACON
  • 2. Why an HIV+ Health Promotion Interagency
    • Other interagencies strategize around similar areas of work within the NSW context:
      • STIGMA
      • MGM
    • HIV+ health promotion is conducted by a variety of organizations
    • No centralized strategizing is formally conducted on this area of work in the NSW context
  • 3. Positive Life NSW and ACON
    • Co-convenors are:
      • Positive Life NSW
      • ACON
    • Both organizations provide a range of HIV+ health promotion activities
    • Both organizations already collaborate on a range of HIV+ health promotion services
    • Both organizations are eager to bring together other stakeholders to ensure this work is adequately addressed across the sector
  • 4. Existing PL and ACON MOU
    • Existing ‘Memorandum of Understanding’
    • Natural progression to build from this base
    • Opportunity to engage other stakeholders in this type of collaborative work
  • 5. Membership to-date
    • Co-convenors are:
      • Positive Life NSW
      • ACON
    • Other members include:
      • SESIAHS
      • SSWAHS
      • NSCCAHS
      • SWAHS
      • MHAHS
      • PozHet
      • ASHM/HIV Prescribers representative
      • AHMRC
      • AIDB, NSW Health
      • NCHSR Representative
      • NCHECR Representative
      • Australian Health Promotion Association
  • 6. Terms of Reference
    • Key points of the ‘Terms of Reference’ include:
        • Evidence-base responses
        • Work to the parameters of the NSW HIV Strategy 2006-09
        • Where appropriate work in partnership and collaboratively
        • Advocate for research in areas that are lacking
  • 7. Terms of Reference (cont.)‏
    • Key points of the ‘Terms of Reference’ include:
        • Co-ordinate cross-area and/or multi-agency responses to avoid duplication
        • Provide a forum for developing and sharing creative concepts, ideas and insights
        • Maintain collaborative relationships with the Metropolitan Gay Men’s HIV Prevention Interagency (MGM) and the Sexually Transmissible Infections in Gay Men Action group (STIGMA)‏
  • 8. Terms of Reference (cont.)‏
    • Key points of the ‘Terms of Reference’ include:
        • Provide regular updates to the health promotion subcommittee of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on HIV and Sexually Transmissible Infections
        • Ensure that members are reflective of the HIV health promotion partnership – including regional representation
        • In the context of this interagency HIV+ health promotion will not be limited to clinical and treatment issues
  • 9. Interagency to-date
    • The group has met twice over recent months
    • Next meeting is scheduled for June 9
    • Group still in formation; not all stakeholders have participated to-date
  • 10. Current focus of interagency
    • Comparison of workplans
    • Understanding the ‘remit’ of each of the stakeholders at the table
    • Identifying gaps and duplication in our work
  • 11. Further Information
    • Russell Westacott, ACON
      • P: 02 9206 2119
      • E: [email_address]
    • Rob Lake, Positive Life NSW
      • P: 02 9361 6011
      • E: [email_address]