ASHM and the Seniors Rights Service co-hosted the HIV, Ageing and Quality of Life Roundtable in Melbourne on the 23rd of August. The roundtable brought together community leaders, people living with HIV, clinical health specialists, allied health representatives as well as HIV and aged care service providers to review and reflect upon the capacity and constraints of the HIV and aged care sectors to support people living with HIV as they age.
Together, participants discussed and put forward recommendations for improving service delivery for people living with HIV who are ageing, including:
a stronger focus on client-led care;
a compulsory HIV unit in aged care workers’ training;
a review of aged care service systems (such as housing security and a review of NDIS criteria, which currently does not specify nor cater towards the complexities of living with HIV), and
the need for HIV Peer Educators to be engaged in the aged care sector.
ASHM and the Seniors Rights Service are currently writing a submission to the Aged Care Royal Commission to advocate for these outcomes to be considered in the aged care reforms.