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Ageing with HIV

Positive Self-Management Program

The Positive Self-Management Program is Back.

And it’s ONLINE so you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

The Positive Self-Management Program can help improve your quality of life. The sessions are highly interactive, where mutual support and success will build your confidence in your ability to manage your own health and maintain an active and fulfilling life. As well as addressing other challenges such as depression, loneliness, isolation and stigma. By participating in this program, you will gain valuable knowledge and skills to manage your HIV and your general health.

Subjects covered in the program include:

• Connect with others and breakdown that isolation.
• How to best integrate medication regimens into your daily life so they can be taken consistently.
• Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fear, fatigue, pain and isolation.
• Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance.
• Nutrition.
• Evaluating symptoms.
• Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals such as your doctor.

And lots more!

What do previous participants say about the program?

“Great workshop. Was good to learn new ideas and feedback from the other participants.”
“Overall, it was a very affirming experience – challenging at times which was a good thing because it took me out of my comfort zone.”
“Was great to share and receive others’ thoughts, opinions, ideas and issues in a way that was open and non-judgmental. Thanks very much.”

If you are not quite convinced and you’d rather hear directly from someone who has done it, watch our short video.

The sessions are 2.5 hours, once a week for 6 weeks and we’re planning on starting late July.

If you are iet us know your preferences by filling in this doodle poll

Please tick ALL days and times you are available. The more choices we have the better. We’ll work out the most popular choice and then publicise the confirmed days/times on our website next week. So keep an eye on this page.

The peer facilitated, Positive Self-Management Program is an evidence based, patient centred, education program model of Stanford Medicine, Stanford University, California. This program follows the principles of self-management, community-based health education and a strong empowerment philosophy. The program provides the skills to coordinate health management needs and set achievable goals.

The program comprises of weekly, two and a half hour sessions for six weeks in safe community settings. Two trained peers facilitate the program. Sessions are interactive, where mutual support and success build participant confidence.

If you want more information and to participate in the program contact:
Vic Perri 03 9863 8733 or vperri@livingpositivevictoria.org.au