The Positive Community Awards recognise individuals, groups or organisations that have made an exceptional contribution to supporting, building and delivering excellence in health care, research and health promotion initiatives which improve the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV in Victoria.
The award recognises ARCSHS’ ongoing work with Living Positive Victoria, including the development during HIV Futures 9 of the PozQol scale, measuring quality of life among people living with HIV, and on the What Works and Why (W3) project, applying systems thinking to understanding the role and influence of peer-led programs in HIV and hepatitis C public health response. These frameworks have assisted Living Positive Victoria to increase research capacity, improve messaging and implement program evaluation across the organisation.
ARCSHS is also proud to have assisted Living Positive Victoria with the evaluation of their Peer Navigation Program, a clinic and community partnership designed to centre peers within the system of care and support for people living with HIV.
The award was accepted by Dr Jen Power and Jen Johnson at the recent Positive Community Awards, on behalf of ARCSHS and the HIV Futures team, including ARCSHS Centre Director Professor Suzanne Fraser, and W3 lead researcher Associate Professor Graham Brown.