A showcase of the work across NSW tackling HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections
Sydney Local Health District hosted 160 delegates from across NSW at the annual NSW HIV and Related Programs (HARP) Forum in October.
The forum showcased the diversity of work tackling HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections and used interactive tools to include all in the discussion. Delegates included those working in Aboriginal Health, health promotion, needle and syringe, drug and alcohol, sexual health, HIV and viral hepatitis clinics from a number of local health districts and NGOs.
In her keynote address, the District’s Deputy Manager of Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service, Gai Stackpool, highlighted the ever-changing migration trends in NSW and the need for services to be flexible when working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
Darren Phillips, Drug Health Services social worker, showcased the success of the Redfern Men’s Cave project that is providing support and education to more than 60 men in one of Redfern’s most disadvantaged areas.
HARP Manager and forum organiser Megan Brooks said the HIV and Related Programs Forum was an important event for collaboration and networking.
“This is an important opportunity for our workforce to come together from across NSW to share responses to challenges and opportunities in our sector.”
For more information, visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/sexualhealth