Organisational Growth and Development

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Staff Training and Development

To ensure this, we conduct whole-of-organisational training sessions throughout the year, as well as team-specific training.

This year, QPP held 2 organisational training sessions that focused on:

  • Human rights

At QPP, we know that our team are able to provide the highest possible level of care to our clients when they are engaged and informed.

Communications

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Reconciliation Action Plan

QPP has committed to the process of implementing a RAP as part of the organisations strategic vision and as an acknowledgement that for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australia’s colonial history is characterised by devastating land dispossession, violence, societal and systemic racism. With this understanding, QPP is committed to working towards becoming a reconciled, just and equitable Australia and eliminating the gaps between Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples and non-Indigenous peoples. This is particularly relevant for the services QPP delivers for PLHIV, their health and wellbeing i.e. testing, treatment, prevention and support.


QPP’s Chief Executive Officer champions the QPP RAP closely with the Board. The Quality Manager, acts as a conduit between the Leadership Team, Communications, the Board, the CEO and the RAP working group for regular updates and drafting materials. There is a representative from all teams within QPP on the RAP Working Group (RAPWG) and the first meeting occurred in May 2022. Right now QPP is embarking on the Reflect stage of a RAP. Principally we understand that this requires QPP to scope capacity for reconciliation and that this stage will take 12 -18 months. We hope to have this completed within 12 months. As part of the Reflect process QPP has established a Reconciliation Working Group with membership from all teams.

The RAP cannot be a standalone project and QPP understands that substantial structural, professional and personal changes are required to embrace real change for reconciliation. In view of this acknowledgement, throughout the stages of the RAP, QPP is committing to review the potential barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in accessing our services and employment. This will require a critique of all relevant policy, systems and processes. Additionally, there is a strategic aim to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff more broadly in the organisation but in particular, PLHIV peer employees to work directly with community in addressing BBV and STI testing and prevention. Further, these peers will support navigating the health system and treatment adherence for those diagnosed with HIV, giving continued support to navigate the health system.


QPP has also commissioned a First Nations artist,  Nigooli to undertake the artwork for the RAP

Nigooli is a Wuthathi woman and gifted painter. Her family heritage on her Grandmothers side is from Shelburn Bay Cape York Peninsula and from her Grandfathers side from Darnley Island in the Torres Strait Islands. She lives with her family in Brisbane. Nicky possesses a natural strength in her desire to paint and the themes within her work reflect culture, spirituality and life experiences. Nigooli Designs is a unique and dynamic fusion of traditional and contemporary themes, often encompassing the spirit of saltwater and deep ocean themes and reflections upon culture and life as taught to her by her grandfather.

ASHM HIV/STI Conference September 2022
QPP is proud to be involved in the 2022 Joint Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference. A group of QPP staff members will be attending the event and will partake in the following activities: 1. Invited guest speaker for ASHM/ViiV/Gilead/RACGP National Roundtable; 2. Invited guest speaker – Retained in Care Living the Cascade; 3. Co-chair of the Social Political and Cultural session ; 4. Invited as mentor of peer researcher in meet the expert’s lunch.
ASHM Lived Experience Project/Policy
QPP has engaged with ASHM to support the development of a lived experience policy and has informed strategies on how ASHM can utilise lived experience in their work. The policy has been finalised and will inform ASHM’s work in the future.
Incorporating Quality of Life Into PLHIV Care
QPP continue to engage in the national working group to support the development of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) through a developmental DELPHI method. A second DELPHI round of PROMs was conducted this year with an accepted poster being presented at the 2022 Joint Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference.
HIV Online Learning Australia (HOLA)
Is a program by AFAO and NAPWHA to bring together cross-jurisdictional collaboration to increase the knowledge and skills of our workforce. QPP participates in HOLA through Education Managers Forums to provide project governance and advisory input. In the last year, HOLA delivered several eLearning modules. Additionally, QPP is working with HOLA on a webinar for social isolation/loneliness.
CLIO (Cohort of HIV women)
QPP continues to participate in the advisory group through a community representative for the study which explores the needs of women with HIV.
Exploring the relationship between HIV literacy, risks, and networks of newly arrived Asian-born gay, bisexual, and MSM
QPP is proud to announce that an application to the Sexual Health Research Fund was successful. This application is in partnership with the University of Queensland, Ethnic Council of Communities Queensland (ECCQ) and Queensland Council of LGBTI Health (QC). This research will examine the HIV literacy and risks of Southeast Asian and Northeast Asian born gay, bisexual, and MSM (GBM) in Queensland; through the exploration of their networks post migration. With an increase in HIV diagnoses in this population group in Queensland, understanding the risks and literacy is a focus and priority for QPP. QPP’s PSC represents QPP on this research group and one of our PTFs is participating as a peer researcher.
RISE
QPP continues to participates in the national advisory group in the RISE study (recently diagnosed). The largest NHMRC grant of its type involving every state and territory health department and HIV organisation. The annual national meeting occurred in August with presentations on the key findings. 12 publications have either been published or are in draft form – QPP has co-authored one of these journal articles. The published research articles (and QPP) were also featured in the RACGP online newsletter this year.
Living Positive Queensland (LPQ)
During this reporting period QPP and UQ have finalised the Living Positive Queensland report and have subsequently developed 4 journal articles using the findings. QPP has completed the editing process and is meeting to finalise report recommendations; with a final publication date for the report to be set. An abstract for this report was submitted for the International HIV Ageing Conference in Boston in October 2022.
QUT CALD
QPP partnered with QUT/ECCQ for a sub-study titled Reducing disparities for Australian culturally and linguistically diverse overseas-born people in relation to sexual health and blood-borne viruses. The Migrant Blood-borne Virus and Sexual Health Survey (MiBBS) was further distributed to QPP networks with significant numbers of QLD respondents. The report has been finalised and current papers are being planned.
LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl Brotherboy Ageing Research Working Group
QPP partook in a working group comprised of key researchers from USQ and UQ and key community stakeholders that developed a survey to investigate the research priorities for ageing LGBTIQ+ populations. The survey was finalised earlier this year with survey period extended to June 2022. The initial data analysis has commenced with preliminary data demonstrating that 27 respondents of the survey respondents identify as PLHIV. QPP will assist this process further by donating to support an research assistant to assist with additional data analysis.
HIV Narratives Project – QPP & USQ
QPP participates on a research group that has been exploring QPP’s Talking About’ series of films. The analysis has been drafted into an HIV narratives paper co-authored by QPP. QPP will be submitting this paper for additional journal publications.
Development of a National Curriculum for Peers
The National PLHIV Peer Workforce Development Project comprises a national forum for the PLHIV peer workforce, establishing a professional development curriculum (through an online training portal/module) for PLHIV peer support workers. The project, funded by ViiV and led by NAPWHA, will engage all PLHIV organisations in development and implementation of the project. Training participants will be able to obtain RPL whilst working in peer roles. All QPP Peer Navigators and EPM will be enrolled. QPP’s Peer Services Coordinator is representing QPP on this work and further development of the curriculum has continued throughout the year.
W3 Project (La Trobe)
QPP is participating in the What W3 Project national working group to assist in the development of national key performance indicators for peer programs. A QPP co-authored paper on W3, titled “Tackling structural stigma: a systems perspective” was published this year, and a was poster accepted for the 2022 Joint Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference.
POZQoL
QPP have contributed to a co-authored journal article which was submitted during this reporting period titled: Assessing the sensitivity and usability of POZQoL, a short quality of life scale for people living with HIV, in Australian Community and Clinical Health Services.
NAPWHA HIV101 GP Project
QPP participates on the national reference group to support the development of an education/support module to assist GP’s giving a HIV diagnosis. The project is designed to improve the experience of people receiving a diagnosis of HIV from a GP.

QPP Research Activities

HIV/STI Prevention and Testing

QPP is an active participant in research with state and national research institutions, government, and other community-based organisations.

Throughout the 2021/2022 financial year, RAPID has continued undertaking several novel research projects that continue to innovate within the sexual health space.


This reporting period saw RAPID continue to broaden its geographical reach with a mail out self-testing program, distributing the Atomo HIV self-testing device across the state. The peer support component of the clinic was reworked to suit a telehealth modality, and peer testers provided sexual health education and health promotion messaging to clients over the phone. This program continued to be successful with targeting hard to reach populations, where a significant proportion of clients reported testing histories of greater than 12 months or not at all.


In regards to other projects, RAPID has continued with its chlamydia and gonorrhoea pooling research, operated our vending machine program that distributed Atomo HIV self-testing devices at a university campus and two sex on premises venues, continued to partner with Metro North Sexual Health and HIV Service to provide a bi-weekly treatment clinic at our Fortitude Valley site, and investigated male fertility outcomes from gonococcal and chlamydial upper reproductive tract infections.

HIV treatment and care including research focused on the experiences of PLHIV include:

QPP would like to acknowledge our researcher partners across Australia and Queensland who partner and collaborate with QPP to build a better future for people with HIV.

We value research that demonstrates the impact of the services we provide and builds an evidence base to assist us to better understand the needs of our communities. Summaries of the projects QPP is involved are presented below.

The following co-authored abstracts/reports/articles were published this period:

Title: “They’re my go-to people”:A qualitative study of support networks for people recently diagnosed with HIV in Queensland. Published in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

The following authored and co-authored abstracts were submitted to IAS:

  • Co-designing system level indicators for strengthening the quality and impact of peer led responses
  • Achieving long term community and research partnerships: system level benefits, enablers, and barriers
  • Queensland PLHIV Community Engagement: Linking GIPA principles with Quality of Life  (IAS and Asia Pacific Confernence

Title: “Tackling structural stigma: a systems perspective”. Published Journal of the International AIDS Society.

 

Title: “Belonging, social connection, and non-clinical care: Experiences of HIV peer support among recently diagnosed people living with HIV in Australia”, Published in Health & Social Care in the Community. 

Title: ‘Patient-centred approaches to providing care at HIV diagnosis: perspectives from healthcare and peer-support workers’. Publishedin Journal of Sexual Health. 

Title: ‘Patient-centred approaches to providing care at HIV diagnosis: perspectives from healthcare and peer-support workers’. Publishedin Journal of Sexual Health. 

Title: “Enduring stigma and precarity: A review of qualitative research examining the experiences of women living with HIV in high income countries over two decades”. Published in Health Care for Women International. 

 

Title: “The spiral just keeps on going’: Cascading health and social issues for women living and aging with HIV”. Published in Women’s Health.

Title: “Online HIV Self-Testing (HIVST) Dissemination by an Australian Community Peer HIV Organisation: A Scalable Way to Increase Access to Testing, Particularly for Suboptimal Testers”. Published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Title: “Views and Preferences of People Living with HIV about Smoking, Quitting and Use of Nicotine Products”. Published in the International Journal of Drug Policy.

Title: “Peer Navigators role in supporting people living with HIV in Australia: qualitative exploration of general practitioners perspectives”. Published in Health and Social Care.

Abstracts/Posters Accepted for ASHM 2022:

  • PLHIV Community Engagement Linking GIPA principles with quality of life – accepted for an e-poster at Asia Pacific AIDS and Co Infections Conference 2022 (APACC) and a poster tour at ASHM 20222
  • HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorder Screening and Diagnosis Pathways in Australia: A scoping review – accepted for an e-poster at AIDS 2022
  • Proving the power of peers: Creating a practical toolkit to enable peer/community-led organisations evaluate their work and better understand, demonstrate, and improve their impact. Petrina M Hilton, Graham Brown, Chris Howard, Tim Krulic, Jane Dicka, Adam Bourne
  • Incorporating Quality of Life Into Care for People Living with HIV (PLHIV): Developing a Consensus Tool of Health and Social Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) For Clinical and Community Services. Olekalns A, Mai C, Lloyd J, Cifali D, Howard C, Hoy J, O’Reilly M, Rule J, Brown G.
  • PLHIV community engagement: Linking GIPA principles with quality of life (oral poster). C. Howard, B. Allan, J. Badge. Queensland Positive People, East Brisbane, Australia, Qthink Consulting, Malmsbury, Australia.

As part of the service delivery requirements held within the Service Agreement 2021-2026 between Queensland Positive People and Queensland Health, QPP became certified in the Human Service Quality Standards (January 2022). QPP also embraced accreditation as a means to:

  1. To meet best practice standards.  
  2. Be accountable to our communities and the people we work with.


The Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF) is the consolidation of many standards used with Human Service organisations in Queensland.  


The programs, services and governance and management systems related to the State-wide LIFE+ Services and RAPID were assessed.


The objectives:

  • To review our management system and processes,
  • Determine our conformity with the standards,
  • To confirm the management system complies with all applicable elements of the HSQF Scheme;
  • To confirm the organisation complies with its own policies and procedures.
  • The HSQF is designed as a continuous improvement framework to support QPP to achieve its commitment to on-going quality improvement.


Certification against the Human Services Quality Standards (HSQS) is a three-year cycle involving an initial two-stage certification process and a mid-cycle maintenance audit. The standard applies to organisations like QPP, funded by Queensland Health, to deliver services across Queensland.

Quality

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Accreditation

QPP Engagement Survey

U=U Global Summit at AIDS 2022 – current partners and sponsors

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NAPWHA Update

Acknowledgements

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The fund for people with complex needs or commonly referred to as the ‘CCF’ is a special fund provided by Queensland Health to QPP to support people with complex needs.

To be eligible to access the fund people need to be referred to QPP by the HIV Public Health Team (HPHT). The primary aim of the fund is to support people with practical assistance to address barriers which are impacting their ability to engage in HIV treatment and care.

Applications to the fund are made by HPHT and QPP case managers for people who are collaboratively supported. A committee comprising of representatives from QPP and the Communicable Diseases Unit assess applications to the fund.

Over the past year 59PLHIV were supported by the CCF in 216 cases for supports such as medications, housing, transport, accommodation and communications. A total of approximately $25,705.20 was expended to support people with complex needs.



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