Personal Development

Annual Health & Wellbeing Weekend

The annual all-inclusive weekend provides Victorian women living with HIV the space to meet and connect while accessing peer support in a relaxed and safe environment. Emotional healing and strengthening is fostered through therapeutic activities and informative workshops, and participants enjoy healthy meals and ample down time.   

The next PWV Health & Wellbeing Weekend is scheduled for February 2019. Email Positive Women to register your interest. 

Speaker training

Speaker training is available for women living with HIV who are interested in delivering key messages on the prevention of HIV and STIs by educating and promotion safer sexual behaviours to the wider Victorian community with the aim of debunking myths and reducing fear, stigma and discrimination. All speakers attend formal training workshops and are provided with comprehensive skills development. The areas of training include:  

  • Effective communication and adult learning techniques
  • STI and HIV courses including international and national epidemiology
  • HIV & mental health well being
  • Individual coaching
  • Media Coaching, digital multimedia and presentation training

For more information contact Positive Women.  

Volunteer Peer Support training

Volunteer Peer Support training is available for women living with HIV who are interested in supporting and empowering their peers. All volunteers attend a formal training workshop with the Health Promotion Coordinator, Peer Support Coordinator, a Clinical Nurse and a Counselor. Each attendee is provided with guided skills development and supportive training. The areas of training include:

  • Clinical introduction to HIV including epidemiology, transmission, natural history, latest news, treatment and co-infections
  • Distinct features and experiences of women living with HIV
  • Overview of PWV and the volunteer role
  • Identifying and applying values to establish boundaries and provide care and support

For more information contact Positive Women.

The Rose Fund

The Rose Fund is available for women living with HIV who are interested in completing training or education that will enhance their opportunities to achieve employment, improve their health and well being or achieve their goals. The fund provides a limited number of small scholarships. Since its establishment, the fund has supported members to learn a foreign language, undertake a professional writing course, learn to drive or has paid tuition fees for courses of study. There are two funding rounds each year - April and September. Members can only apply for funding for one round per calendar year although applications outside these dates may be considered. Funding is available for the following:

  • Activities to improve health and wellbeing such as physical activity
  • Capacity building such as training/education or return to work, skill building etc.
  • Personal development courses
  • Assistance in developing skills or accessing training
  • Funding for group activities organised by members

The primary purpose of The Rose Fund is for personal development. It cannot be used for activities such as supporting a business, payment of utilities or housing, legal fees or debt or for items such as home gym equipment, electronics etc. If an application is received for an activity that could be funded through another source, staff will assist you where possible to access the funds through another grant.

For more information and the criteria for applications contact Positive Women.