Engagements & Making a Booking
The Queensland Positive Speakers Bureau (QPSB) promotes community education of HIV and chronic viral hepatitis with the aim of reducing discrimination and stigma, increasing awareness and access to health services, and ultimately lowering transmission rates. By engaging, training and mentoring those living with the viruses to speak publicly about their experiences, the QPSB recognises the unique perspectives that a person living with HIV/viral hepatitis can bring to an education session and the incredible impact that a real life story can have.
All QPSB speakers have undergone extensive professional public speaking training and tailor their presentations to specific audience requirements.
Who do our speakers present to?
Speakers at the QPSB present to a broad cross-section of the community. Examples of audiences include:
- Health care professionals (eg. GPs, allied health professionals, dentists)
- Government employees
- Corporate employees (eg. aged care facilities, correctional facilities)
- Secondary and tertiary school students
- Individuals in the community
What is included in the speaking engagements?
Presentations conducted by the QPSB are tailored to suit particular audience requirements. Content, language and format are varied to suit the level of knowledge, age and needs of audience members. Typical topics that may be covered during the session include (but are not limited to): Background information about the virus(es), treatment & medications, transmission & prevention, testing, confidentiality, personal experiences, stigma & discrimination and community attitudes. Sessions vary in length and may take the form of formal lectures, interactive workshops or informal group discussions. We encourage time to be set aside following presentations to allow questions to be asked by the audience.
Outcomes for audience members
Employing positive speakers has proven to be a powerful educational intervention for influencing attitudes, knowledge and behaviour. Educational sessions are known to have the following outcomes for participants:
- Increased perception of risk
- Increased belief that they can prevent infection
- Decreased fear and prejudice against people with HIV & viral hepatitis
- Increased empathy for people living with viral hepatitis & HIV
- Decreased perception that hepatitis & HIV are visible or only occur in certain groups
“I thought it was easier to contract and had a few misconceptions. She stated the facts and used her life as an example.”
Healthcare worker, Queensland Health
“It puts literature into perspective and makes everything real.”
Nurse, Mater Hospital
“This program should be a part of every school curriculum.”
Secondary school teacher, Sunnybank State High School
“Our students gained a personal perspective and learned of the psychological impact that it may have on an individual. This complements the theoretical knowledge gained in the course.”
Psychology lecturer, University of Queensland
“Her presentation really hit home and I was incredibly moved. I thought I knew a significant amount about hepatitis, but hearing the positive speaker talk about topics that were so real for everyone in the audience helped me gain a real understanding of the issues she faces.”
Health promotion worker, not for profit organisation