NSW HIV+ Health Promotion Interagency


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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.

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NSW HIV+ Health Promotion Interagency

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