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Engagement Tours at AIDS 2014



The Engagement Tours will provide delegates with unique learning experiences through interactive site visits to local community based organizations throughout Melbourne. The goal is to exchange knowledge, best practices, successes, challenges, and innovative solutions through dialogue and hands-on activities.

Tours are available to conference delegates at no cost. Volunteers will guide the delegates to participating organizations via shuttle buses. To register, please send an email with your name, registration number and the tour you want to attend to the email contact listed for each organization. Registration is on first-come, first-serve basis. As demand for the tours is high, we cannot guarantee space for all interested delegates. Each tour has a maximum capacity of 20 delegates per tour. Tours are limited to one tour per delegate.

The meeting point for the tours is outside the South Wharf entrance of the Convention Centre – look for the sign ‘Engagement Tours Departure and Drop-Off Point.’ Delegates who are registered to participate should assemble at the meeting point immediately following the morning plenary session. Details of the tour schedule and participating organizations are listed below.


Engagement Tours Schedule

DATE & TIME

TOUR REFERENCE & ORGANIZATION

Monday, 21 July
10:45 – 13:00
Tour A
Catholic HIV/Aids Ministry
Tour B
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS)
12:15 – 14:30 Tour C
Innerspace
 
Tuesday, 22 July
10:45 – 13:00
Tour D
Coventry House
Tour E
Alfred Hospital
12:15 – 14:30 Tour F
Coventry House
Tour G
Youth Projects
Wednesday, 23 July
10:45 – 13:00
Tour H
Western Region Health Centre
Tour I
Resourcing Health & Education in the Sex Industry (RhED)
12:15 – 14:30 Tour J
Youth Projects
Tour K
Victorian AIDS Council
Thursday, 24 July
10:45 – 13:00
Tour L
Family Planning
Tour M
Burnet Institute
12:15 – 14:30 Tour N
Family Planning
Tour O
Victorian AIDS Council
Friday, 25 July
10:45 – 13:00
Tour P
Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
 

Please note that the duration of each tour is subject to change.

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Participating Organisations

HOSPITAL AND CLINICAL SERVICES

Alfred Hospital

Tour Date and Time: Tuesday, 22 July from 10:45 to 13:00
Location:  
Registration email: (Brian Price)

This tour will include a presentation and walk around tour at the Victorian HIV Service the state’s major HIV treating centre based at The Alfred hospital. Tour delegates will gain a broad understanding of the Australian Hospital Healthcare system and how particularly people living with HIV access and interact with it. The tour will include the facilities for HIV care in Victoria and an overview of the types of services offered both at The Alfred site and our outreach services across the state. An overview of the types of patients presenting for care at The Alfred will also be provided.


Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

Tour Date and Time: Friday, 25 July from 10:45 to 13:00
Location:  
Registration email: (Suzanne Amisano)

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre has been in operation since 1917. Over time, MSHC has established a reputation of excellence and innovation in the testing and treatment of sexually transmissible infections, including HIV. MSHC invites visiting clinicians attending the AIDS 2014 Conference to attend our engagement tour to find out more about our clinic, clinical systems and the way our service has developed over time.


RESEARCH INSTITUTES

Burnet Institute

Tour Date and Time: Thursday, 24 July from 10:45 to 13:00
Location:  
Registration email:

Burnet Institute is an Australian not-for-profit medical research and public health organisation. The Institute’s work includes novel discoveries, such as the development of new vaccines and diagnostic tests, and the better use of existing best-practice health interventions.

A tour of Burnet will give delegates the opportunity to see the Institute’s cutting edge HIV research as it happens in its world-class laboratories and to meet some of our up and coming HIV researchers. Delegates will have the chance to speak with one of the developers of the VISITECT®CD4 test and see exactly how it works, tour AIDS 2014 Co-chair Sharon Lewin’s Lab, Burnet’s international Clinical Research Lab and the Tachedjian Lab, which played a major role in the preclinical development of microbicides.


COMMUNITY-FOCUSED ORGANISATIONS

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS)

Tour Date and Time: Monday, 21 July from 10:45 to 13:00
Location:  
Registration email: (Sandra Gregson)

This service is in its 40th year of providing community controlled health care for the Aboriginal Community by the Aboriginal Community. The service is steeped in history and has evolved in to a well-recognised service of excellence funded by a variety of government and non-government agencies. The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service provides a variety of programs – Healthy Lifestyles, Social and Emotional Wellbeing, Medical, Community Care, Maternal and Child services are just a few of the many programs at the Service. Care of people with HIV/AIDs is now integrated in all programs without discrimination and with flexibility. We have excellent testing rates for HIV and work collaboratively with many HIV specific organisations.

The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service has shown leadership with education, testing and care of the Aboriginal Community since the acknowledgement of the HIV/AIDs and fortunately has been involved in minimising the impact of this infection on the Aboriginal community.


Coventry House (Living Positive Victoria, Positive Women, Straight Arrows)

Tour Date and Time: Tuesday, 22 July from 10:45 to 13:00
  Tuesday, 22 July from 12:15 to 14:30
Location:  
Registration email: (David Westlake)

Coventry House is a great example of different agencies working together to provide services to different key affected populations. It is an opportunity for delegates to observe a unique model of collaborative partnership operating under the same roof.

A tour would give delegates the opportunity to walk through shared spaces and speak to key personnel on activities and programs of the three organisations with a presentation on the vision, mission and activities of each organisation with a focus on the unique aspects of the epidemic in Australia. Delegates will be provided with "show-bags" with information and resources. Refreshments will be provided.


Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry

Tour Date and Time: Monday, 21 July from 10:45 to 13:00
Location:  
Registration email: (Marg or Anthony)

Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry offers pastoral care to people living with HIV/AIDS, their partners, family & carers. We provide lunch on a Monday to which people are invited, encouraged to “drop in” and there is a prayer time available for those who wish to come together for Taize Prayer. The purpose of the centre is to offer welcome and hospitality to people living with HIV and to provide a space where they can feel comfortable, safe and free from prejudice, stigma and discrimination. Delegates would be invited to join this lunch group, hear from staff, volunteers and clients about our service. A simple lunch would be provided for delegates (soup or a sausage sizzle).


LGBT-RELATED ORGANISATIONS

Family Planning Victoria

Tour Date and Time: Thursday, 24 July from 10:45 to 13:00
  Thursday, 24 July from 12:15 to 14:30
Location:  
Registration email: (Sandra Halloran)

Family Planning Victoria (FPV) believes that all Victorians should have access to quality services to ensure they are well-informed and able to manage their sexual health. FPV services include HIV pre and post-test counselling and testing, and treatment for blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

Engaging young people in HIV prevention, testing and treatment: A comprehensive Australian model will be an opportunity for delegates to visit an effective, city-based adolescent sexual health service and explore a good practice model of engagement with at-risk populations. FPV is the only dedicated youth BBV and STI service in Victoria.


Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre

Tour Date and Time: Wednesday, 23 July from 12:15 to 14:30
  Thursday, 24 July from 12:15 to 14:30
Location:  
Registration email: (John Hall)

VAC leads the fight against HIV/AIDS in Victoria by providing care & support for people living with HIV, health promotion and advocacy. We advocate with partner agencies to improve health outcomes for sexually and gender diverse communities. The objectives are:
  • provide services, support and advocacy for all people living with HIV;
  • deliver HIV prevention, education, and health promotion to gay men;
  • respond to emerging needs and developments in HIV prevention and care;
  • support & promote the health and wellbeing of sexually and gender diverse communities;
  • promote access to our services for these communities.
Delegates shall be briefed on support operations, health promotion initiatives, clinical services, community partnerships and be provided with a light lunch, at the Positive Living Centre.


DRUG USERS – NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS

North Yarra Community Health - Innerspace

Tour Date and Time: Monday, 21 July from 12:15 to 14:30
Location:  
Registration email: (Danny Jeffcote)

Innerspace is a Specialist Primary Health Centre for people who inject drugs. Located in inner city Collingwood Innerspace provides a Primary Needle & Syringe Program as well as general health and drug treatment services. Innerspace operates as a one stop shop service model and has a holistic approach to health care. Innerspace can trace its roots back to when Needle & Syringe Programs were first trialled in Victoria in response to the threat of HIV/AIDS in 1987.

Delegates visiting Innerspace will be able to see one of Melbourne’s Specialist Drug and Alcohol Primary Health Services. Innerspace has a ‘One Stop Shop’ service model which offers a range of Harm Reduction, prevention and treatment services in an exclusive, non-judgemental environment. Our multi-disciplinary teams include Needle & Syringe Program workers, Nurses, Counsellors, Primary Health and Peer workers working with Allied Health staff and GP’s to provide a holistic approach to health care for this highly marginalised community of people who inject drugs.


Youth Projects

Tour Date and Time: Tuesday, 22 July from 12:15 to 14:30
  Wednesday, 23 July from 12:15 to 14:30
Location:  
Registration email: (Marcelle Kayrooz)

Youth Projects is an independent, not-for-profit agency that provides free health care, outreach, employment and education and training to some of Melbourne’s most disadvantaged, homeless and marginalised individuals. More importantly, Youth Projects provides one of Melbourne’s longest serving Needle Syringe Exchange Programs, The Foot Patrol – Foot Patrol outreach workers walk the streets of Melbourne’s CBD 365 days year, night and day, with their main aim focussing on preventing the transmission of blood borne viruses through the provision of clean injecting equipment, safer using advice, safe syringe disposal units, contraception, safe sex information, support and referrals.

Delegates will come to Foot Patrol’s base in Hosier Lane, Melbourne’s most recognisable street. Delegates will be invited to tour the primary health care clinic and will gain first-hand information into what makes Foot Patrol Melbourne’s most successful Outreach Needle Syringe Program.


Health Works – Western Region Health Centre

Tour Date and Time: Wednesday, 23 July from 10:45 to 13:00
Location:  
Registration email: (Kaspian Fitzpatrick)

Health Works is a specialist primary health care service for people who inject drugs located in the western suburbs of Melbourne. We provide a primary Needle and Syringe Program (NSP), community and stakeholder education, and a free health service which is comprised of Community Health Workers, Community Health Nurses and a General Practitioner. Health Works offers holistic health care with the aim of addressing health inequities experienced by people who inject drugs. The service is confidential, innovative, responsive and based on a harm reduction framework, encompassing community development principles to empower and educate people who inject drugs, to support them to make informed decisions about their health. During the tour you will be shown the service and then taken through a case study to demonstrate the work we do to support people who are HIV positive.


SEX INDUSTRY BUSINESSES

Resourcing Health & Education in the Sex Industry (RhED)

Tour Date and Time: Wednesday, 23 July from 10:45 to 13:00
Location:  
Registration email: (Sarah Rogan)

RhED – Resourcing Health & Education in the Sex Industry, a program of Inner South Community Health, provides education, advocacy, support and referral to sex workers, across all areas of the Victorian sex industry (brothels, escorts, private workers and street sex workers.) RhED has a long history of work in the HIV sector and supports peer education – recognised as the most effective way of delivering HIV prevention messages.

Visiting two prominent Melbourne brothels and receiving a guided tour of the establishment, delegates will gain an understanding of how Victoria’s regulated sex industry works, including obligations under the Sex Work Act 1994.