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Support

Services that can help

There are many established HIV support agencies and peer-support organisations offering up to date information, care and support. You may want technical information, physical support, or someone to talk to — a counsellor or peer support worker. Remember, no problem is too big or small.

Australian Capital Territory

AIDS Action Council of the ACT (AACACT)
Advice, mental health & social support services, financial assistance, legal advocacy
Havelock House (Gould St Entrance)
85 Northbourne Avenue
Turner ACT 2612
Tel: (02) 6257 2855

Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA)
Education, practical support, information and advocacy to users of illicit drugs
112-116 Alinga St
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: (02) 6279 1670

Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP) ACT
Information and support for people who engage in sex work
Havelock House (Gould St Entrance)
85 Northbourne Avenue
Turner ACT 2612
Tel: (02) 6247 3443

New South Wales

ACON
HIV prevention, health promotion, advocacy, care and support
414 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Tel: (02) 9206 2000
TTY* (02) 9283 2088
Free call: 1800 063 060

ACON Hunter Office
Newcastle
Tel: (02) 4962 7700

ACON Mid-North Coast Office
Port Macquarie
Tel: (02) 6584 0943
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
Suite 5.2, Level 5
414 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Tel: (02) 9206 2177
Free call: 1800 245 677

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

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

Ankali
Volunteers provide one-to-one emotional support for people living with HIV, their partners, families and friends. Referrals into counselling & 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 651 011

HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC)
Free HIV-related legal services
Tel: (02) 9206 2060
Free call: 1800 063 060

New South Wales Users & AIDS Association (NUAA)
Education, practical support, information and advocacy for users of illicit drugs
414 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Tel: (02) 8354 7300
Free call: 1800 644 413

Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP)
Information and support for people who engage in sex work
PO Box 1354
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Tel: (02) 9319 4866
Free call: 1800 622 902

Northern Territory

Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC)
Education, advocacy & support
46 Woods Street
Darwin NT O800
Tel: (08) 8944 7777

NTAHC Alice Springs
14 Railway Terrace
Alice Springs NT 0870
Tel: (08) 8953 3172

People Living with HIV/AIDS NT
Peer support, information & advocacy
PO Box 2826
Darwin NT O800
Tel: (08) 8944 7777

Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP) NT
Information and support for people who engage in sex work
46 Woods Street
Darwin NT O800

SWOP (Alice Springs)
14 Railway Terrace
Alice Springs NT 0870
Tel: (08) 8941 1711

Queensland

Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC)
Education, advocacy & support
30 Helen Street
Tenneriffe Qld 4005
Tel: (07) 3017 1777
Free call 1800 177 434

QuAC Cairns
Tel: (07) 4041 5451

Queensland Positive People (QPP)
Peer support, advocacy, treatments and health promotion information
21 Manilla Street
East Brisbane Qld 4169
Tel: (07) 3013 5555
Free call 1800 636 241

QPP Cairns
Tel: (07) 3013 5511

Queensland Injectors Health Network (QuIHN)
Education, practical support, information and advocacy for users of illicit drugs

QuIHN Brisbane
1 Hamilton Place
Bowen Hills Qld 4006
Tel: (07) 3620 8111
Free call: 1800 172 076 (Outside Brisbane)

QuIHN Gold Coast
Shop 12, 89-99 West Burleigh Road
Burleigh Heads Qld 4220
Tel: (07) 5520 7900

QuIHN Sunshine Coast
59 Sixth Avenue
Cotton Tree Qld 4558
Tel: (07) 5443 9576

QuIHN Cairns
60 Pease Street
Manoora Qld 4870
Tel: (07) 4032 1463

Respect
Information and support for people who engage in sex work
28 Mein Street
Spring Hill Qld 4000
Tel: (07) 3835 1111

South Australia

Positive Life SA
Advocacy and referrals for PLHIV
16 Malawa Street
Glandore SA 5037
Tel: (08) 8293 3700

SA Mobilisation + Empowerment for Sexual Health (SAMESH)
Support, education and counselling
57 Hyde St
Adelaide, SA, 5000
Tel: (08) 7099 5300

Cheltenham Place/Centacare
Individualised support program for PLHIV, including home based respite support.
72 Cheltenham Street
Malvern SA 5061
Tel: (08) 8272 8799

South Australian Sex Industry Network (SIN)
Information and support for people who engage in sex work
276 Henley Beach Road
Underdale SA 5032
Tel: (08) 8351 7626

Tasmania

Tasmanian Council on AIDS Hepatitis & Related Diseases (TasCAHRD)
Care and support, advocacy, financial support, housing assistance, education
319 Liverpool Street
Hobart TAS 7001
Tel: (03) 6233 3557
Free Call: 1800 675 589

Victoria

Victorian AIDS Council (VAC)
Care and support, counselling, medical services, education, advocacy
6 Claremont Street
South Yarra Vic
Tel: (03) 9865 6700
Free Call 1800 134 840

Living Positive Victoria (LPV)
Support, advocacy, treatments
Suite 1, 111 Coventry Street
Southbank VIC 3005
Tel: (03) 9863 8733

Positive Living Centre
Community centre, massage, naturopathy, relaxation, yoga, food pantry, peer support, financial assistance, legal centre, self-development and other activities
51 Commercial Road
South Yarra VIC 3141
Tel: (03) 9863 0444
Free Call: 1800 622 795

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
Suite 1, 111 Coventry Street
Southbank VIC 3006
Tel: (03) 9276 3792

Positive Counselling – HIV/Hep C
Free counselling for individuals, couples, families and friends of people with HIV
William Road Family Therapy
3 Williams Road
Windsor VIC 3181
Tel: (03) 9530 2311

Harm Reduction Victoria (HRVic)
Education, practical support, information and advocacy for users of illicit drugs
128 Peel Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Tel: (03) 9329 1500

Resourcing Health & Education (RhED)
Information and support for people who engage in sex work
10 Inkerman Street
St Kilda VIC 3182
Freecall 1800 458 752

Western Australia

Western Australian AIDS Council (WAAC)
Education, advocacy and support
644 Murray Street
West Perth WA 6005
Tel: (08) 9482 0000

Western Australia Substance Users Association (WASUA)
Education, practical support, information and advocacy for users of illicit drugs
519 Murray Street
West Perth WA 6005
Tel: (08) 9321 2877

Magenta Sex Worker Support Project WA
Information and support for people who engage in sex work
122 Aberdeen Street
Northbridge WA 6003
Tel: (08) 9328 1387

National Organisations

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO)
National federation for the HIV community response. AFAO’s members are the AIDS Councils in each state and territory; the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA); the Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL); the Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance (ANA); and Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association
PO Box 51
Newtown NSW 2042
Tel: (02) 9557 9399

National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA)
National peak organisation representing people living with HIV, providing leadership in advocacy, policy, education and prevention
PO Box 917
Newtown NSW 2042
Tel: (02) 8568 0300
Freecall 1800 259 666

Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)
National organisation representing people who use or have used illicit drugs, and the peak body for state and territory peer-based drug user organisations
GPO Box 1552
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: (02) 6279 1600

Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance (ANA)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based organisation providing national leadership in promoting and advocating for culturally appropriate services in HIV education, prevention, treatments, care and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
PO Box 51
Newtown NSW 2042
Tel: 1300 138 535

Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association
National organisation representing current and former sex workers, and the peak body for state and territory peer-based sex worker organisations
Suite 9, 245 Chalmers Street
Redfern NSW 2016
Tel: (02) 9690 0551

The Institute of Many (TIM)
Peer-run group for HIV-positive people offering online membership through which people can make friends, talk, share knowledge and skills through a confidential group on Facebook. TIM also brings positive people and their allies together at casual events in Sydney and Melbourne.

National Network of Women Living with HIV
National peak organisation representing women living with HIV, providing leadership in advocacy, policy and education
For further information contact NAPWHA
Tel: (02) 8568 0300
admin@napwha.org.au