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Support and Advocacy

Support

We provide access to appropriate, quality support services for people living with and impacted by HIV and AIDS. We promote peer to peer support activities, HIV case management, counselling services, and facilitate referrals and collaboration with partner organisations in health and community support.

We provide support and advocacy for people living and impacted by HIV. We seek to increase awareness of and access to HIV treatment options. We promote relevant research programs and the HIV/AIDS commemoration initiative.

We promote safe and accessible events for HIV-positive people. In this way, we are contributing to the creation of a safe community through eliminating stigma and discrimination based on sexuality and HIV status.

We offer a range of programs and services to help community members impacted by HIV/AIDS build resilience and improve their health and wellbeing. Services currently offered include:

 



Case Management

We provide case management for people living with HIV. We can support you through a variety of challenges that life presents, including accessing healthcare services, housing, and government services. Case management can involve supporting you to attend medical appointments and coordination between various health and social service providers. We can advocate on your behalf in applying for housing and financial support through partner agencies.

We provide individual advocacy services and can help you respond to any instances of unfair treatment, including linking you to legal support where appropriate.



Peer Support

Peer support provides you with an opportunity to meet, talk to, and learn from other people living with HIV. We provide peer to peer, individual and group, information sessions about issues relevant to people living with HIV, including latest treatments, legal issues, stigma & discrimination, mental health & wellbeing, sexual health and HIV prevention,. We believe that social inclusion is vital for good physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Peer Support social gatherings can provide the opportunity to open up about issues that only other positive people understand. Meridian continues to develop a range of programs to support our community. For regular updates subscribe to the client services newsletter by emailing [email protected]

Find out more about our Peer Led Groups.

 



Positive Women 

Most events and activities run for people living with HIV, unless otherwise stated, are open to anyone living with HIV, including women.

Throughout the year, we offer one to one social support and case management. We also provide specific Positive Women’s events.

Some useful information can be found at Femme Fatales napwha.org.au/about-us/femfatales/

 



Find Out More

You can find out more about Meridian’s programs and support through the following links:

You can call us on 02 6257 2855 and ask to speak to one of our Peer Support officers.

You can also fill out a contact form.



Advocacy

Beyond the individual, we are fierce advocates for our communities. We stand up and raise our voices when we see discrimination and injustice, and we take action to ensure the needs of our communities are being met. We have a long history in HIV advocacy from the very beginning of the epidemic, and the organisation’s inception in 1983. We undertake activities that seek to respond to the current issues in HIV policy and advocacy, as well as future challenges and opportunities. Our work focuses on a broad range of issues as they impact on both the prevention of HIV and other STIs, as well as care and support for people living with HIV.


Meridian acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

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