Advocacy 1 - The value of Peer involvement in organisations’ Oral Presentation
Q & A with NTAHC- SWOP NT & Care & Support staff
Introduction to the value of peer involvement with an emphasis on the importance of the lived experiences and value of marginalised communities’ intellectual property. Examples of how a small group of peers and individuals are able to influence Health Policy are explained from initial concept to fruition. Case studies presented in relation to LGBTIQ, sex workers, people who live with Blood Born Viruses, people who inject drugs PWID's /and or use the NT pharmacotherapies program in relation to access and equity. Presenters refer to their own lived experiences and speak of the importance of peer led interventions in their own programming and service delivery within NTAHC.
Participants re able to grasp a vast range of gaps in policy via direct knowledge from peer communities. Participants are able to consider the importance of why utilising the lived experience and knowledge of peers in the development of policy and services, determines better health outcomes. Participants will have an understanding of peer reviewing procedures and who to connect to with in state organisations and their programs such as NTAHC and peak organisations. Participants are asked to identify two areas out of the talk/ presentation that they wished to explore. Participants are encouraged to engage with peers who work within NTAHC programs to work on areas in their development of documentation and research for any health policy gaps
Health students, health professionals, political advisors, human rights advocates, public health researchers.
Advocacy 2 - Nothing About Us Without Us
Expanding on Advocacy 1
A PowerPoint and oral presentations from NTAHC - SWOP NT & Care & Support Coordinators/officers & CDC Senior Policy Officer.
"The meaningful involvement of affected communities in sexual health responses improves the relevance, acceptability and effectiveness of sexual health programs, and recognises their right to self-determination and participation in decision-making processes that affect their lives."
“Nothing about us, without us” is about improving the relevance, acceptability and effectiveness of sexual health programs by enabling peers as representatives of their communities to access state, national and regional key decision making areas. Examples of peer led initiatives in spaces such as the Greater Involvement of People Living With HIV (GIPA), AIDS Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) member forums/AGMs, UNAIDS programming – PCB, UNFPA, International AIDS Conferences ICAAP & World AIDS Conference Community Forums recommendations.
Mapping of the inter-connectivity of NTAHC’s peer connections via their programs of their peak representative organisation that make up AFAO members. Case studies as examples of areas in programming – of how peers who engage in NTAHC programs feed back into state, national & international policy and documentation via their peak state national and international peer networks. CDC and NTAHC presenters speak of the importance of peers throughout their work in the Northern Territory and previous examples of direct work within the Asia Pacific
“Nothing about us, without us” improves participants knowledge in understanding the relevance of peers, the acceptance of peer directed contemporary initiates and evidence in being vital at “key decision making tables” for effective sexual & reproductive health programming within state, national and International context that enables an effective response to planning sexual and reproductive health
For Health Policy, International AID work – Students, medical professionals, Advisors, human rights advocates public health, legal – Researchers – Qualitative Research Methods