For the first time in Australia, a community-based HIV management program will be available for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF) has announced it will be delivering the Stanford University Self-Positive Self-Management Program for HIV from next year. BGF chief executive officer David Riddell said he was pleased his organisation will be the first in Australia to conduct the program.

“Selected BGF case workers will first go to Stanford… to undertake training in the delivery of Stanford’s Chronic Disease Self-Management program,” he said.

“When they return to Australia, those case workers will undertake the final piece of training that will enable BGF to deliver the Positive Self-Management Program.

“Acquiring the licence has been made possible through the generosity of the MAC AIDS Fund, BGF’s major program partner.”

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a workshop presented in community settings once a week for six weeks.

Each weekly session is two-and-a half-hours in duration. Mutual support and success builds the confidence of the participants so they may better to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

“The success of the program is evidenced by over 30 years of peer-reviewed research. Participants in the program may also be trained to deliver the program, making it a complete peer-to-peer education model,” Riddell said.

“I believe the Stanford University Positive Self-Management program will bring enormous benefit to people living with HIV and their capacity for medication adherence.” BGF will be conducting other fundraising and awareness activities to mark World AIDS Day this week.

Proceeds from the sale of Bobby Goldsmith Foundation red ribbons and donations to BGF this World AIDS Day will provide access to vital medication that helps the most vulnerable people living with HIV to stay out of hospital, stay at home and keep well

BGF also announced three new client service initiatives in the lead up to World AIDS Day this Saturday, December 1, including a program to assist people living with HIV on low incomes who are ineligible for a Centrelink Health Care Card, another to assist people living with HIV who also have other health conditions and Skype access for remote clients living with HIV in regional and rural NSW.

INFO: www.bgf.org.au/landing/

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