Getting support

HIV and positive organisations

There are many organisations around the country who have support services for people with HIV. Contact your local HIV organisation to find services that are right for you.

Find support near you.

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Australian Capital Territory

AIDS Action Council of the ACT (AACACT)
Advice, mental health and social support services, financial assistance, legal advocacy
Tel: (02) 6257 2855

Positive Living ACT
Social events for people with HIV, drop-in centre, support, counselling, dietician’s clinic, financial assistance, referral
Tel: (02) 6257 2855
http://napwha.org.au/organisation/positive-living-act

New South Wales

ACON
HIV prevention, health promotion, advocacy, care and support.
Tel: (02) 9206 2000
Free call: 1800 063 060

ACON Hunter Office Newcastle Tel: (02) 4962 7700

ACON Mid-North Coast Office Port Macquarie Tel: (02) 6584 0943

ACON Coffs Harbour Tel: (02) 6651 6017

ACON Northern Rivers Office Lismore Tel: (02) 6622 1555

Positive Life NSW
Advocacy, publications, services, speakers’ bureau, social marketing, education and peer support.
Tel: (02) 9206 2177
Free call: 1800 245 677

HIV Positive Heterosexuals (PozHets)
Statewide service providing education and support for heterosexuals living with HIV and their families.
Tel: (02) 9395 0444
Free call: 1800 812 404

Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service
Bilingual/bicultural support and advocacy for people from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Tel: (02) 9515 1234
Free call: 1800 108 098 (Rural NSW callers)

Ankali
Volunteers provide one-to-one emotional support for people living with HIV, their partners, families and friends. Referrals into counselling and professional support.
Tel: (02) 9332 9742

Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF)
Financial help, supported housing, financial counselling, help with essential bills, loans of essential appliances.
Tel: (02) 9283 8666
Free call: 1800 651 010

Northern Territory

Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC)
Education, advocacy & support.
Tel: (08) 8944 7777

NTAHC Alice Springs Tel: (08) 8953 3172

People Living with HIV/AIDS NT
Tel: (08) 8944 7777

Queensland

Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC)
HIV education, advocacy & support.
Tel: (07) 3017 1777
Free call: 1800 177 434

QuAC Cairns Tel: (07) 4041 5451 Free call: 1800 884 401

Queensland Positive People (QPP)
Peer support, advocacy, treatments and health promotion information.
Tel: (07) 3013 5555
Free call: 1800 636 241

QPP Cairns Tel: (07) 3013 5526

Ethnic Communities Council of Qld
HIV education and support services
Tel: (07) 3844 9166

South Australia

SA Mobilisation + Empowerment for Sexual Health (SAMESH)
Support, education and counselling.
Tel: (08) 7099 5300

Positive Life SA
Advocacy and referrals.
Tel: (08) 8293 3700

Cheltenham Place/Centacare
Individualised support program for PLHIV, including home based respite support.
Tel: (08) 8272 8799

Personal Education and Community Empowerment (PEACE) Multicultural Services
HIV support, information and referrals.
Tel: (08) 8245 8100

Tasmania

Tasmanian Council on AIDS Hepatitis & Related Diseases (TasCAHRD)
Care and support, advocacy, financial support, housing assistance, education.
Tel: (03) 6234 1242
Free call: 1800 675 589

Victoria

Victorian AIDS Council (VAC)
Care and support, counselling, medical services, education, advocacy.
Tel: (03) 9865 6700

Living Positive Victoria (LPV)
Support, advocacy, treatments.
Tel: (03) 9863 8733

Positive Living Centre (PLC)
Community centre, massage, naturopathy, relaxation, yoga, food pantry, peer support, financial assistance, legal centre, self-development and other activities.
Tel: (03) 9863 0444
Free call: 1800 622 795 (Rural Victorian callers)

The Centre Clinic
Community health service for positive people.
Tel: (03) 9525 5866

Positive Women – Victoria
Support and information for positive women and their families and friends.
Tel: (03) 9863 8747

Straight Arrows
Support, services for HIV-positive heterosexual men and women and their families.
Tel: (03) 9863 9414

Multicultural Health and Support Service
HIV education, advocacy & support.
Tel: (03) 9342 9711

Alfred Hospital – HIV CALD Service
HIV education & support to PLHIV.
Tel: (03) 9076 3942

AIDS Housing Action Group
State-wide confidential housing service.
Free call: 1800 674 311

Western Australia

Western Australian AIDS Council (WAAC)
Education, advocacy and support.
Tel: (08) 9482 0000

Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre
HIV education, advocacy & support.
Tel: (08) 9345 5755