Navigating 2020: Rapid Adaptations in HIV Peer Support Services

About the Authors

Sara Graham is the Manager of Peer Support at Living Positive Victoria. She coordinates its Peer Navigation Program and services for women, heterosexual men, and families.

Timothy Krulic is a PhD candidate at ARCSHS. His doctoral research is based on an implementation study of the Peer Navigation Program.

Living Positive Victoria is a peer-based community organisation that supports people living with HIV. The organisation was a pilot site for the W3 Project and established systems to monitor and evaluate its peer programs in collaboration with ARCSHS.

As a result, Living Positive Victoria was well positioned to pivot quickly in response to COVID-19. In this article Sara and Timothy discuss the adaptations its innovative Peer Navigation Program made to support and engage clients throughout 2020.

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Building evidence for peer-led responses: From trialling to implementing

Peer-led responses have always responded to change in communities. COVID-19 has shown how quickly peer-led organisations adapt to meet the emerging needs of those in their communities who are most impacted or marginalised.

However, health funding has been re-prioritised in the wake of COVID-19. Resources for peer-led programs are becoming more restricted.

Perhaps more than ever, we need to build evidence for the critical role of community and peer-led organisations in any pandemic.

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W3 in the International Journal of Drug Policy: Guest Blog from Charles Henderson and Annie Madden

The latest edition of the International Journal of Drug Policy features an article from the W3 Project that focuses on the nature of the policy influence of peer-based drug user organisations. In this guest blog, contributing authors Annie Madden and Charles Henderson provide some commentary on the issues raised in the article, particularly on peer-based drug user organisations and their relationship to hepatitis C elimination goals.

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