Peer Navigator Nathan continues to uplift PLHIV and fight stigma in the Courier Mail!

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QPP would like to celebrate Nathan, one of our Peer Navigators, on continuing to be a voice for change in our community and his hard work in reshaping the discussions around HIV. In addition to his work as a peer navigator Nathan has worked on a stigma reduction and resilience program, and his ongoing passion for uplifting people living with HIV continues to inspire us all. Thanks to the Courier Mail for publishing this... Read more

HIV FUTURES 9: AN AUSTRALIAN SURVEY OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV

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Please fill in the survey now at www.hivfutures.org.au HIV Futures 9 is a survey about the health and wellbeing of PLHIV. We are keen to hear from PLHIV all over Australia – men, women and trans* people, heterosexual, gay and bisexual people. HIV Futures is an important project.  It provides information to help governments, clinical services and community groups plan programs and policy. You can fill in the... Read more

Media Release: Queensland Positive People appoints new CEO

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MEDIA RELEASE 13 May 2019 Queensland Positive People appoints new CEO Queensland Positive People (QPP) is delighted to announce the appointment of public health HIV expert Melissa Warner as our new Chief Executive Officer. Ms Warner has over 20 years’ HIV clinical and program delivery experience gained from diverse roles within NGOs, government organisations and clinical settings in Australia, UK and Asia. ... Read more

Positive Living Development Institute Workshop Scholarships

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Applications are now open for the next Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) Australia and New Zealand workshop. If you're living with HIV this workshop will challenge, encourage and build you into becoming a stronger leader in your community. “As a long term advocate, attending the PLDI workshop was an unexpected highlight. I had the valuable opportunity to be reminded of the power of peer networking... Read more

Affordable Gift Ideas

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Getting unique and thoughtful presents for everyone can be hard, so here are 5 DIY and 10 Mix and Match ideas to give to anyone in your life. DIY Bath bombs There is nothing like getting into a fresh and fun bath of colourful water. If the person don't have a bathtub try a Shower Steamer, just leave it at the bottom of the shower and let it diffuse essential oils into your shower. Candied Popcorn This is a... Read more

Public Holiday Closure

Queensland Positive People will be closed from 5pm on 9th April 2020 through to 9am on Tuesday 14th April 2020. 

COVID-19 Information

The latest updates on COVID-19 for PLHIV can be found on our website by clicking here.
General updates on the COVID-19 situation in Queensland can be found by clicking here.

Emergencies

If someone’s life is in danger or there is an immediate risk of harm, call emergency services on 000.

HIV treatment/care:

Urgent or treatment related concerns, please seek advice from your GP, out of hours medical provider (e.g. Home doctor service – 13 7425), sexual health clinic or hospital emergency department (if required).

A list of sexual health service providers (including their opening times) can be found here by inputting your post code – https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice/guidelines-procedures/sex-health/services/hiv-clinic-search

Urgent Mental health concerns/advice call:

MH CALL on 1300 64 22 55

Lifeline 13 11 14 for crisis support and suicide prevention.

Suicide Prevention Counselling 1300 659 467  https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/

DVConnect

  • If you identify as a women, please call the Womensline:  1800 811 811
  • If you identify as a male, please call the Mensline:  1800 600 636
  • If you identify as non-binary, please call the service that you feel most comfortable contacting, and let us know whether you have a preferred pronoun.
  • If you have experience sexual violence, please call Sexual Assault helpline:  1800 010 120

Emotional support

For emotional support please call:

BeyondBlue operate 24 hours a day on 1300 22 4636. There are some helpful resources and support guides on their website: www.beyondblue.org.au

QLife is an anonymous, national LGBTI peer support service with telephone, web chat and referral services for people wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. Phone 1800 184 527 or web chat at www.qlife.org.au

Housing

Call the Homeless Hotline on 1800 474 753.

Homeless Hotline is a phone information and referral service for people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness

Meals/Food

VAKS directory can be sorted by regional council areas, and dates available  https://vaks.mycommunitydiary.com.au/Queensland

Health Care and Self Care

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The Festive Season is upon us, and this means that many health and medical services may be shutting their doors for the New Year and Christmas period. This may mean your GP, HIV clinic and pharmacy where you collect your medicine could be unavailable, and it’s important to have a plan for your health care during that time. This could mean calling any services you routinely use to find out their closure dates, having... Read more

15 Things To Do If You Don’t Do Christmas

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In 1997 the widely popular sitcom Seinfeld brought us Festivus [for the rest of us], which TV critic Dan Salkin describes as "the perfect secular theme for an all-inclusive December gathering". But whether you enjoy a traditional Festivus dinner or not, here are 15 things to keep you and your friends in a joyous mood. Glue things to other things until you're happy with how it looks and hang it on your wall; macaroni... Read more

Alcohol, Parties and You

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Alcohol is a part of life for many people, and moderation is the key to a healthy life.  The Guidelines, for both men and women, recommend: No more than ten (10) standard drinks per week, to reduce the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury; and No more than four (4) standard drinks on a single occasion, to reduce the risk of alcohol -related injury arising from that occasion. It is... Read more

Stress Less Holidays

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Self-care is important all of the time, but it is particularly important in stressful periods such as the festive season where added obligations and commitments may seem over-bearing on you.  Remember that your mental health is more important than any sense of obligation and stress you may feel about any ‘celebrations’ and ‘get-togethers’ with others. Set boundaries and avoid high stress situations Setting... Read more