• Issues Facing Migrant and CALD Communities

    A report on the proffered papers session on day 3 of the Conference.

    Today I would like to share some thoughts about the presentations relating to issues facing migrant and CALD communities. This included a numbers of sessions within this theme.

    Gavin Prendergast from ACON shared his experience of developing community partnerships to deliver culturally safe and appropriate health messages to culturally and linguistically diverse groups. This demonstrated that done in the right way through partnerships we can reach very vulnerable and difficult to reach groups. This work takes time and a lot of ground work must be done to build trust and to find people from these groups who are enablers. Supporting and enabling these people is the essence to success to this work.

  • Characteristics of Individuals with Heterosexually-acquired Compared with Homosexually-acquired HIV and Implications for Clinical Practice

    A report on Simone Herbert’s presentation on day 2 of the Conference.

    Today I wanted to reflect on the findings presented in the session looking at differences in characteristics of individuals with heterosexually acquired HIV compared with homosexually acquired HIV. We heard yesterday how newly diagnosed men who acquired HIV heterosexually in Australia has increased, yet knowledge by this population remains that of the time of the grim reaper. There is a lot of fear and misconceptions about HIV in this sub-population.

  • Strong leadership building strong communities: The many masks of resilience

    A report on Valerie Nicholson’s presentation “Strong leadership building strong communities: The many masks of resilience”.         

    A very interesting first day at the 2018 Australasian conference in Sydney. I was moved by the words of Valerie Nicholson, Chair of the Board of Directors Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network. Her talk highlighted the effects of colonisation on first peoples throughout the world. The experiences of the Canadian first peoples echoes that of Australia’s first people. Canada has seen a rise in the incidence of HIV among its First Nation people, especially in regional areas. Now we are beginning to see a similar trend in Australia especially in northern Queensland.