Community welcomes Alfred announcement
Following community outcry the Alfred Hospital has announced HIV services will be maintained.
Last October Alfred Health announced that changes to HIV care would impact on services at Fairfield House and the outpatient services at the Alfred Hospital.
Community concerns were raised as there had been no meaningful community consultation in regards to the changes.
Since then Alfred Health undertook a community consultation and engaged with Living Positive Victoria and Positive Women Victoria to review the concerns raised. It is also understood that Alfred Health is establishing a meaningful community consultation mechanism to be chaired by their Chief Executive Officer.
Ian Muchamore, President, Living Positive Victoria said:
“Alfred Health is to be commended for listening to community concerns about how current health services are delivered, for withdrawing their previous proposals and for committing to meaningful community involvement in the planning of future HIV services.
“Our expectation is that the new advisory structure is established without delay and that, in partnership, we can work together so that Victorians living with HIV get the very best healthcare.
“The experiences of the last six months have undoubtedly caused community anxiety. It may seem surprising that 30 years into the HIV epidemic we still have to fight for the voices of people living with HIV (PLHIV) to be heard in the development and delivery of health services,” Muchamore said.