Moments of creativity and connection — Supporting people living with HIV during COVID-19

About the Author

Timothy Krulic is a health promotion officer at Living Positive Victoria and PhD candidate at ARCSHS

Living Positive Victoria is a peer-led organisation. They provide support and services for people in Victoria who are living with, or affected by, HIV. Timothy produces health promotion content for members and works across peer education, support, research, and evaluation.

Peer-led organisations are highly responsive to their communities’ needs. This is because most staff and leadership are community members — peers. As the W3 Framework shows us, peer skill is central to a peer-led organisation’s work. It drives their ability to stay closely attuned — and adapt so effectively — to their communities’ changing needs. We have seen a lot of this since the start of COVID-19.

We invited Timothy to share his insights on the impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns on people living with HIV. His post is a heart-warming testament to how critical peer-led responses are in times like these.

Adaptation Engagement

When virus responses collide — How Australia’s Victorian HIV and hepatitis sector is adapting to COVID-19

About the Author

Jen Johnson is the Program Coordinator of ARCSHS’ Blood-Borne Virus (BBV) Sector Development Program.

The BBV Sector Development Program works to support and strengthen the Victorian BBV workforce to meet the challenges of elimination targets, new prevention technologies, and scaling up testing and treatment.

Jen has been interviewing leaders from peer and community organisations across the sector since the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown. We invited her to share her reflections about how the community sector has been engaging, adapting, and influencing its way through COVID-19.

Adaptation Engagement