PEER NAVIGATION PROJECT 2 – EXTENDING THE PNP DEMONSTRATION (SEEDING) PROJECT
- Increase in indicators of self-reported quality of life, healthcare engagement, resilience, health literacy, and treatment attitudes among PLHIV who access peer navigator service
- Acceptability and sustainability of the implementation of the peer navigation program to PLHIV clients, clinic staff, peer navigators and the peer organisation (Living Positive Victoria)
- Improved referral between clinical services and PLHIV peer programs
The Peer Navigator Implementation Science Demonstration Project has shown the potential value of peer navigation in supporting individuals’ early HIV journey, in coming to terms with a HIV diagnosis, and engaging valuable support.
The study showed that the peer navigation program:
- Improved linkage to peer support for newly diagnosed PLHIV.
- Was successful in reaching key populations of PLHIV, including those born overseas, women, and heterosexual men.
- Strengthened the transition into other peer and community-based services.
- Positively impacted factors related to participants’ quality of life and social wellbeing.
- The study further highlighted salient implementation lessons, including how the management of the program by a peer-led organisation with strong links to the PLHIV community contributed significantly to its effectiveness and sustainability.
Implementation success was believed to benefit from:
- A well-established engagement with the PLHIV community and the integration of other peer support programs and services.
- The promotion and incorporation of GIPA/MIPA* values at organisational, programmatic and partnership levels, including employment frameworks and policies.
- Employee supervision and support structures, spanning administrative, group and counselling.
- Mentorship and cross-support from colleagues living with HIV and additional employment and professional development opportunities for peer navigators.
* GIPA/MIPA - GIPA is the Greater Involvement of People living with HIV/AIDS. MIPA is the Meaningful Involvement or people living with HIV/AIDS care systems.
The First "90": Feasibility and Acceptability of Implementing Training and Development to Support Successful Adoption of Opt Out HIV Testing in the Emergency and Acute Medical Settings in a Suburban Centre
In an effort to increase early diagnosis of HIV and improve linkage to care, this project evaluates the impact of a comprehensive training package to support opt out HIV testing.