A new program which aims to get people living with HIV back into the workforce will start in Melbourne next month.

The 10-week program will be hosted by Social Firms Australia (SoFA), a group which helps people with mental health or disability is

sues return to employment.

SoFA executive director Caroline Crosse said the Health Optimisation Program for Employment (HOPE) is aimed at improving skills and confidence.

“People with a mental illness are vastly overrepresented in the unemployment figures,” Crosse said. “They have twice the chance of being jobless. Another barrier to employment is issues associated with living with HIV.

“The program helps people to manage their own health so they can get a job and keep a job.”

Sessions are free and start on Tuesday, April 17, 1.30-3.30pm at Coventry House, Southbank.

The HOPE program is being coordinated with People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) Victoria.

INFO: Contact Josie at SoFA on 03 9445 0373.

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