The HIV CALD Service was established in 2004 in response to the needs of individuals living with HIV from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
The service provides support to individuals in maintaining their health and wellbeing and understanding HIV.
This work is undertaken through Co-workers who are culturally matched with the client.
The service supports individuals from a wide range of cultures including -
Eastern, Central and Horn of Africa.
The co-workers, in a strictly confidential manner, assist individuals to -
attend medical appointments
maintain treatment plans
maintain regular contact to reduce isolation, stigma and discrimination
understand issues relating to HIV and other co-infections
manage other specific social issues that may significantly impact on their health or their engagement with health services ie resettlement / housing
access other HIV support services
provide support to families and carers.