It is most common for PLHIV to seek support from BGF when they’re in the midst of stressful situations, particularly financial and housing. It is well documented that sustained stress has a negative impact on health and wellbeing. BGF has established a range of support and interventions designed to help fix immediate issues, assess longer-term need, and provide counselling, tools and education to better manage stress in the future.
BGF has established relationships with providers across the HIV, housing, health and mental health sectors. On behalf of clients, and with their permission, BGF’s Caseworkers advocate, liaise and plan with these organisations and work with prescribers, public hospital HIV staff, outpatient clinics and pharmacies, community health teams, homelessness services, youth services, refugee and migrant services.
Advocacy is particularly important for people with complex needs to be appropriately represented and supported, and to have their voices heard and their needs met.