Access to community health services for people living with HIV/AIDS in South Eastern Sydney has been improved with the launch of a new website and information brochure.

The material has been designed to complement the South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Health (SESIH) HIV Service’s newly extended range of HIV services.

Specialised HIV services offered through SESIH are now available across 13 different local government areas that stretch from Sydney Harbour to Durras. People living with HIV/AIDS in these areas will now have access to a range of healthcare options, including counselling and support as well as more basic medical services. They will also benefit from the newly improved, multi-disciplinary community health team working for SESIH who are better equipped to handle complex cases that need assistance dealing with mental health, drug use, neurological and general health issues.

This more comprehensive service will significantly improve access for the many people living with HIV/AIDS who do not live in the inner city as, until recently, we could only offer these services to people living in the eastern suburbs catchment area, SESIH HIV Services manager David Murray said.

The launch of the new website and introduction of an information pamphlet will further assist the team in reaching out to geographically isolated and marginalised members of the public.

The expanded services including the website and advertising material mean we can now better treat and support those who need our services. The team will also provide a consultancy and education service around HIV/AIDS for staff working in mainstream health services around the area.

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