Peer Support & Groups
Peer support simply means talking to another person who also has HIV. There are lots of professions that are intended to support people – doctors, nurses, counsellors, community workers – and every person is unique in terms of the support they need.
Our peer support officers are trained in contemporary issues in HIV, and can offer PLHIV an opportunity to talk to someone else who lives with HIV – a person that also considers similar issues such as starting/switching treatment, or negotiating the impacts of stigma.
QPP offers a statewide program, with offices in Cairns and Brisbane. Our informed and friendly staff can provide personalised support to the needs of PLHIV, their partners, family and friends. These programs include social events, information sessions, one-on-one support, QPP Alive magazine and our active social media sites. If you live in a rural area, you can access our staff by phone or Skype over the internet (free, face to face talking).
HIV affects a person in diverse ways, and our peer support program strives to provide opportunities for diverse groups to talk about living with HIV as it relates to their own life. Often times, another part of a person’s identity affects how they adjust to living with HIV – such as also dealing with racism in addition to the stigma of HIV. Examples of groups that have utilised the QPP resource centre to discuss HIV include:
- Gay men, or men who have sex with men
- Serodiscordant couples (one partner is HIV+, the other is HIV-)
- Women, including topics of child birth
- Culturally and linguistically diverse people
- Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders
- People who are transgender or genderqueer
These groups provide opportunities for people living with HIV to meet others and share their knowledge and stories to develop strong support networks around the state.
QPP are committed to acknowledging the diverse needs of our community, and are continually adding new activities and information. We encourage community members to get involved, whether to participate in an event or facilitate a new activity. We welcome the feedback and idea sharing of the community.
If you have any questions about peer support or groups, please call QPP’s Peer Support & Communications Officer toll free from a land-line on 1800 636 241, use the contact form provided or call (07) 3013 5555 (national).