An Insight into the Positive Self-Management Program for ageing people living with HIV


This presentation outlines the Positive Self Management program for LGBTI people ageing with HIV. The Positive Self-Management Program is a series of sessions specifically for people living with HIV 50 & over, delivered in weekly sessions for six weeks. The internationally accredited Program is facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with HIV. Chronic disease self-management education programs aim to empower people through providing information and teaching skills and techniques to improve self-care and doctor‰/patient interaction, with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life.


Gerry O’Brien |

I am a client care and support worker employed at VAC, The Victorian Aids Council,since 2014 as the HIV Peer Support and Health Promotion Officer based at The Positive Living Centre after returning to study as a mature age student to complete a Diploma of Community Service Work. My role includes one to one peer support, chronic disease self management workshops and group lead peer support groups.