These highly interactive workshops are designed to provide the tools for people to learn how to take control of, and better manage their chronic but manageable health conditions.
Workshops are held each week over a seven week program. Each 2 ½ hour session builds on the previous week's content and is facilitated by two trained leaders, at least one of whom is living with HIV.
Content topics include:
"I've had HIV for 26 years and I've done many other programs to learn how to manage and deal with all aspects of the disease. This program really does cover all the different facets of the impacts HIV has on someone's life." Paul Caleo
These peer led workshops are designed to complement other programs that specifically address HIV and other issues. They are not intended to conflict with or offer medical advice.
The Positive Self-Management Program is free of charge and is suitable for anyone living with HIV, either newly diagnosed or living long term. Participants are welcome to bring their partner or carer, who will also gain insight and benefit from the program. Course participants will receive a copy of the companion book Living Well with HIV & AIDS.
Bobby Goldsmith Foundation was the first organisation in Australia to receive accrediation from Stanford University, California to offer PSMP for people living with chronic diseases. After undergoing extensive training at Stanford's Palo Alto Campus, our staff were certified as Master Trainers and licensed to train other leaders to deliver the program.
We currently convene workshops at various locations throughout NSW.
If you think you could benefit from this program, or you know someone who might, please contact Richard on 02 9283 8666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent studies indicated that viral load increases drastically when adherence to HAART medication falls below 95%.
The reality of treatment adherence for the more marginalized PLHIV has been the subject of a research project undertaken with 300 of BGF’s clients with the most complex issues.