Positive Self-Management Program

A 6-week course that helps people to develop life skills to live well with HIV.

The Positive Self-Management program is for all people with HIV. It is conducted twice yearly. One in person and one online.

The Positive Self-Management program can help improve your quality of life. The sessions are highly interactive, where mutual support and success will build confidence in your ability to manage your own health and maintain an active and fulfilling life. This program will also help develop strategies to manage depression, loneliness, isolation and stigma. By participating in this program, you will gain valuable knowledge and skills to manage your HIV and your general health. The program is facilitated by trained peers.


  • Connect with others and break down isolation
  • How to best integrate medication regiments into your daily life so they can be taken consistently
  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fear, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Nutrition
  • Evaluating symptoms
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals such as your doctor
  • How to achieve your goals

And lots more.


“Great workshop. Was good to learn new ideas and feedback from the other participants.”

“Overall, it was a very affirming experience – challenging at times which was a good thing because it took me out of my comfort zone.”

“Was great to share and receive others’ thoughts, opinions, ideas and issues in a way that was open and non-judgmental. Thanks very much.”

If you are not quite convinced and you’d rather hear directly from someone who has done it, watch our short video.

The peer facilitated, Positive Self-Management program is an evidence based, patient centred, education program model of Stanford Medicine, Stanford University, California. This program follows the principles of self-management, community-based health education and a strong empowerment philosophy. The program provides the skills to coordinate health management needs and set achievable goals.

If you want more information and to participate in the program contact Vic Perri 03 9863 8733 or vperri@lpv.org.au

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