October 2015

PSN Time Capsule for World AIDs Day 2015

PSNPSN on the Central Coast will be burying a Time Capsule on World AIDS day 1st December 2015. The capsule will house historical items and documents from PSN’s past.

Tuesday 1st December 10am at St Mary’s Historical Anglican Church 3 Mann Street Gosford. a Devonshire tea will be provided after the ceremony, all welcome to attend. For more information please contact Paul Maudlin, Manager PSN 4323 2905 or posnet@tpg.com.au

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The Red Dress Run – AAW event 28th November 2015

Red dress run

Join ACON on the Red Dress Run 2015 Saturday 28th November 7.30am start from 1 Arnold St, Carrington – the cost is FREE.    Bring some gold coins to purchase a fancy red accessory or red ribbon from the ACON stand, all funds raised to towards ACON’s work towards Ending HIV. To enter, register at www.parkrun.com.au/newy 

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Transmission Film Screening 26th November 2015


There will be a FREE screen of the documentary:        Transmission: The Journey from AIDS to HIV coming to Newcastle as part of a regional roadshow for AIDS Awareness Week!

Wednesday 25th November 2015 6.30pm – Transmission captures the profound changes spanning the past three decades in Australia’s and Cambodia’s response to the AIDS epidemic. The documentary is presented alongside a panel of local, national and international HIV heroes.

To RSVP go to www.acon.org.au/transmissionroadshow the screening will be full so don’t miss out.

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Positive Support Network (PSN) is closing down

PSNPSN is closing down after 25years of serving PLWH on the Central Coast. This was not a decision taken lightly, but something that was carefully weighed up and supported by the board, members, the community and stakeholders.

After 25years of dedicated service starting as a small group and developing into a larger non-government organisation that provided essential services to PLWH including health promotion emotional and physical support, social events and education and  a range of complimentary therapies. PSN also provides community awareness initiatives through its Positive Speaker Program in local High Schools and did some amazing AIDs Awareness Week promotions.

For more information about the closure please contact Paul Maudlin, Manager Positive support Network 4323 2905 or email posnet@tpg.com.au

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Pozhet 20th Anniversary Annual Workshop – Saturday 28th November

pozhet_logo[1]Pozhet is holding a special 20th Anniversary of their Annual Workshop in Redfern. Special guests David and Wendy, the original founders of Pozhet, will be presenting. Accommodation scholarships are available for regional clients.

The annual Workshop is a yearly event for heterosexual men and women with HIV and their partners. It is a full day of education, HIV treatment information, discussion and support, with specific men’s and women’s groups.

Many heterosexual PLWH are socially and geographically isolated, diverse and marginalised and they benefit greatly from events such as these. Pozhet is the only service in NSW specifically for heterosexual men and women with HIV and their partners. for more information contact Pozhet 1800 812 404 pozhet@pozhet.org.au


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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week

image-300x207[1]The Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC) as a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week Committee, supports the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week being held 30th November – 6th December 2015.

The theme of the week is – YOU AND ME  CAN STOP HIV as preventing HIV is all of our responsibility.

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HIV Medications are free in NSW

If you take HIV medications, from 1 October 2015 they will be free. This applies to all NSW residents regardless of whether they get HIV medicines dispensed from a hospital pharmacy or a community pharmacy. There are a few things you will need to do before your medications will be free

Step 1: Make an appointment to see the doctor who prescribes your medications

Step2: Ask your doctor for a new prescription for you HIV medications.

Step 3: Your doctor will give you a patient consent form which is required for the co-payment to be waived. Ensure your doctor completes and signs the form and gives it to you to sign as well. You will need a separate consent form for each HIV medication you are prescribed

Step 4: Attach the form signed by both you and your doctor to each of your prescriptions

Step 5: Take your prescriptions to either a community or a hospital pharmacy and have the medications dispensed. You will not be charged the co-payment and your medications will be free. Make sure the patient consent form remains attached to your prescription. You will need the form again when you next have your prescription repeats filled.

Step 6:  Each time your doctor writes a new HIV prescription, make sure you and your doctor complete and sign a new patient consent form and that you attach the form to your prescriptions.

for more information contact the Treatments Officer at Positive Life NSW on toll-free 1800 245 677 or visit The Choice is Yours website at http://thechoiceisyours.positivelife.org.au/

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Carers Cruise – Wednesday 28th October 2015

princesslogo-pic[1]Karumah in conjunction with Carers NSW is celebrating ‘Carers Week’ by taking our carers on a 3 hour cruise – boarding at Lee Wharf enjoying morning tea and lunch with games giveaways and with the Captains narration of the sights – fun should be had by all.

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