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Work, employment and financial issues

For people living with HIV, wellbeing means more than just the absence of illness. Access to income support, employment, housing and other support services are all important.

NAPWHA's HIV Living work aims to ensure that governments and service providers understand and respond to the needs of positive people across the country.

Key aspects of this area of our work include responding to the government's welfare reform agenda, advocating on behalf of positive people in their dealings with government agencies, and developing the capacity of PLHIVPerson (or people) Living with HIV. This term is now preferred over the older PLWHA. organisations.

Key resources

Same Sex Law Reform briefing paper - cover

This briefing paper discusses the impact of changes to social security payments (including the Disability Support Pension) for people in same-sex relationships, which are planned to take effect from 1 July 2009.

iPlan resource - cover

iPlan is a resource designed to help people living with HIV to become active partners in their health care. It also aims to help people understand and monitor some of the more important health concerns people with HIV may need or choose to explore.

iPlan was developed by NAPWHA through an unrestricted educational grant from ViiV Healthcare.

Q and A on welfare changes

Positive Living article • David Menadue • 21 December 2006

There are now three different categories of people on the Disability Support Pension depending on when they were placed on it. This article examines the effect of the changes on each of these groups. read more »

AFDO overview of labour market employment services and support programs

Discussion paper • Rob Lake • 3 May 2006

This AFDO-produced paper provides background information on the many Australian Government funded employment and support services in the lead up to the introduction of the ‘welfare to work package’. The paper explores the major labour market programs or Employment Services programs, how they interact and how people with disability may be affected by the coming changes in policy. read more »

DSP Review fact sheet: Centrelink responds

Story • admin • 3 February 2006
living with HIV

A response from Centrelink to issues raised in the fact sheet “Surviving the Centrelink DSP Review”. read more »

Making it real: Activating our Care and Support Response

Positive Living article • Peter Canavan • 19 January 2006

The care and support needs of positive people are changing and remain poorly understood. A landmark NAPWHA project aims to improve our knowledge in this important area, writes PETER CANAVAN. read more »

World AIDS Day: keeping the promise

Media release • 30 November 2005

Australia’s remarkable success in combating HIV/AIDS is in danger of being squandered if governments forget the lessons of the past, the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWHA) has warned. read more »

Back to work — for $2.27 an hour

Positive Living article • Paul Kidd • 13 October 2005
living with HIV

Disabled people and those with chronic illnesses will be up to $122 per week worse off and could find themselves working for just $2.27 an hour under the government’s proposed welfare-to-work program, according to a new report. read more »

Budget blow

Positive Living article • Paul Kidd • 19 May 2005

People living with HIV/AIDS are among the big losers in the 2005/06 federal budget handed down by treasurer Peter Costello on May 10. read more »

Many unanswered questions

Positive Living article • John Rule • 19 May 2005

An analysis of the changes to the Disability Support Pension announced in this year's budget. read more »

How the budget changes will apply

Positive Living article • Paul Kidd • 19 May 2005

The scenarios below illustrate some of the differences between the current DSP arrangements and the new system proposed in the budget.  read more »

NAPWHA submission to HREOC inquiry

Submission • John Rule • 10 May 2005

NAPWHA has made a written submission to the National Inquiry on Employment and Disability, which is examining the barriers faced by people with disabilities in seeking work, and issues for employers in recruitingThe act of signing up participants into a study. Generally this process involves evaluating a participant with respect to the eligibility criteria of the study and going through the informed consentThe process of learning the key facts about a clinical trial before deciding whether or not to participate. It is also a continuing process throughout the study to provide information for participants. To help someone decide whether or not to participate, the doctors and nurses involved in the trial explain the details of the study. process., retaining or fully utilising employees with disabilities. read more »

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