“Ending HIV-Related Stigma For All.” – Discussion Paper (Attached and Link https://www.acon.org.au/about-acon/latest-news/#acon-issues-call-to-action-to-eliminate-hiv-related-stigma)

HIV advocates are calling for greater efforts and coordination in eliminating HIV-related stigma which, if left unchallenged, can have significant negative implications on Australia’s world-leading HIV prevention efforts. This new discussion paper lays bare the impact of stigma on people living with HIV (PLHIV), as well as on public health more broadly. Titled Ending HIV-Related Stigma For All, it found that HIV stigma lead to poorer health outcomes for PLHIV. It also acts as a barrier to testing and service access for priority populations, including for migrant gay and bisexual men who now account for most new HIV notifications in NSW. As such, stigma hinders efforts to end HIV transmissions. The paper outlines a series of recommendations that calls for a coordinated, multi-pronged approach to eliminate HIV stigma.

QueerAbility Toolkit

We are excited to announce that the QueerAbility Toolkit will be live from Thursday 3rd December on International Day for People with Disabilities. The purpose of the QueerAbility Toolkit is to support and empower LGBTQ people with disabilities to navigate the NDIS.

Some of the toolkit highlights include:

  • 5 films (including the one you saw at Big Stays in today) featuring LGBTQ people with disabilities speaking about their lived experiences
  • Downloads such as letters to take to your appointments, wellness wheels and an emotional tips sheet and a roadmap
  • Information on how to access the NDIS including the application process and what to do if an application is denied
  • Information on how to manage emotions and stress while applying

Queerability Facebook page

Palliative Care and End of Life Needs Analysis for LGBTQ, PLHIV and Carers

We invite you to share your experience and knowledge of palliative and end of life care and planning. This is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, people living with HIV (PLHIV) who are LGBTQ and/or carers of LGBTQ people and PLHIV who are LGBTQ. Understanding your needs and preferences will help us develop a toolkit to support you.

A community codesign process will focus on empowering LGBTQ people, PLHIV who are LGBTQ and their carers to have discussions, have a better understanding of their rights and have access to information and resources to make informed decisions about palliative care and end of life care and planning.  

This project is a partnership between ACON, Carers NSW, Palliative Care NSW, Positive Life NSW and the Seniors Rights Service. Funded by NSW Health

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