Ageing issues and HIV issues forum

Care Connect and Positive Directions (Anglicare) will host a forum entitled ‘Ageing issues and support for people living with HIV’ in Brisbane on 31 August 2012.


The forum will engage 40 sector-based academics, peak bodies, peer support groups, mental health and aged care assessment teams, dementia advisory services, carer organisations, Medicare Locals, sexual health clinics and aged care providers.


The forum will discuss the impact that HIV has on people who are ageing, trends in treating HIV, the issues associated with premature ageing, the implications for the sector regarding service provision, current supports and services available and actions that can be taken by older adults to strengthen their ability to live independently.


It is estimated that there are 2,000 people living in Queensland with HIV, with 211 people newly-diagnosed in 2010 (178 male and 33 female). By 2020, 50 per cent of people living with HIV are expected to be over the age of 50.


Data suggests that typical conditions associated with ageing including cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardio vascular, kidney and liver disease are more common in a 55 year old living with HIV than a 75 year old living without HIV.


“Ageing of course comes on a lot quicker when you have HIV (however) this is a chronic manageable condition, not a death sentence. Learned helplessness should be avoided. I got told I had HIV in the 90s and that there wasn’t a lot of time so I hung around for 20 years and it is only now that I am going to university,” says Phil B. guest speaker at the forum.


“There are many issues for people living with HIV. One issue they face is being physiologically-aged rather than aged in years. This can make it difficult for them to access available funding and services,” says Mr Paul Ostrowski, Chief Executive Officer, Care Connect.


He added, “Sponsoring this forum enables our organisation to work in partnership with the sector to better support older adults living with HIV and other chronic conditions. It provides us with an opportunity to deepen our collective understanding of the issues and the services required. We are proud that we offer a ‘safe place’ for people to access our services.”


For more information about the forum contact Merilyn Keene from Care Connect on 0408 150 165.


Further resources include:

  • Queensland Positive People 07 3013 5501: peer support and education

  • Positive Directions 07 3028 4730: care coordination and referral services

  • Care Connect 07 38672200: support packages and assistance to navigate systems.

Event date/time: Friday 31 August, 9.00am – 12.30pm

Venue: Riverside Receptions, 50 Oxlade Drive, New Farm, Queensland.


See also the article  "Sexually transmitted infections double in older population".


27 August 2012.