What We Do

What We Do, Why, and How

Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF) is Australia’s longest-running HIV charity. Founded in 1984, BGF undertakes a range of support and interventions that address key determinants of poor health outcomes for people living with HIV (PLHIV).

At BGF, we aim to empower people living with HIV to live well.

We provide direct practical assistance, emotional support, financial counselling, and study support to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people living with HIV in New South Wales and South Australia.

Working holistically with clients to limit the challenging circumstances that are often detrimental to physical and emotional wellbeing, BGF provides care and support to thousands of PLHIV and operates a range of programs and services to address issues of social isolation, stigma, medication adherence and positive healthy living.

BGF is inclusive and accessible for men, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and people from migrant and refugee communities.

We know that HIV infection demographics have changed, that PLHIV are aging and that there are more people living with HIV than at any other time. We also know HIV medications are much improved and that medication adherence leads to reduced hospital stays and better health outcomes.

Our work is often a bridge to complementary services, support and information on HIV, which we know leads to better health. For many people, we are the only contact they have outside their primary medical care.

This is at the heart of our strategy, our services and our people.

Our Wellness and Support Model aims at ensuring PLHIV are supported and encouraged to have their say when it comes to their needs being met and how they want to live their lives.