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About

We are Red Thread, the public face of the Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases (TasCAHRD). This name represents an inclusive, holistic approach to support and advocacy in Tasmania.

Red thread represents the blood flowing through all our veins; it represents life and unity, and of course, the path of blood borne disease.

Red Thread also appears in mythology: in a Greek myth, Theseus rescued himself out of the labyrinth of the minotaur by following a red thread. In Chinese mythology, the two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances.

To us, Red Thread is all of these things: it is life, connectedness and a way forward.

TasCAHRD is run by a Board of Management and is responsible for providing information, care, support and advocacy through programs such as the Nigel Mallett Housing Project and the Andrew Shaw Foundation. We provide access to a range of Tasmania services, and some on-site clinical and referral services.

Red Thread (and TasCAHRD) are here to support anyone in the community who is, or may be, affected by HIV or hepatitis.

About

We are Red Thread, the public face of the Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases (TasCAHRD). This name represents an inclusive, holistic approach to support and advocacy in Tasmania.

Red thread represents the blood flowing through all our veins; it represents life and unity, and of course, the path of blood borne disease.

Red Thread also appears in mythology: in a Greek myth, Theseus rescued himself out of the labyrinth of the minotaur by following a red thread. In Chinese mythology, the two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances.

To us, Red Thread is all of these things: it is life, connectedness and a way forward.

TasCAHRD is run by a Board of Management and is responsible for providing information, care, support and advocacy through programs such as the Nigel Mallett Housing Project and the Andrew Shaw Foundation. We provide access to a range of Tasmania services, and some on-site clinical and referral services.

Red Thread (and TasCAHRD) are here to support anyone in the community who is, or may be, affected by HIV or hepatitis.

The Nigel Mallett Housing Project

The Nigel Mallett Housing Project (NMHP) was named in honour of Nigel Mallett, a Tasmanian man who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1995. NMHP is a housing assistance scheme that currently manages four NMHP properties in Tasmania: three in Hobart and one in Launceston.

Each property is a two bedroom home designed to house clients, their partners and/or carers.

The Nigel Mallett Housing Project

The Nigel Mallett Housing Project (NMHP) was named in honour of Nigel Mallett, a Tasmanian man who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1995. NMHP is a housing assistance scheme that currently manages four NMHP properties in Tasmania: three in Hobart and one in Launceston.

Each property is a two bedroom home designed to house clients, their partners and/or carers.

Andrew Shaw Foundation

Andrew Shaw Foundation aims to:

  • Promote the health status and well-being of Tasmanian people living with HIV
  • Reduce the impact of HIV on individuals in Tasmania
  • Enhance the dignity and quality of life of Tasmanian people affected by HIV
  • Assist people in households affected by HIV
  • Encourage self-help groups of people affected by or at high risk of HIV
  • Address the causes of HIV/AIDS-related poverty in Tasmania
  • Encourage, assist, monitor and promote medical, social and scientific research into the causes, prevention and cure of HIV and HIV -related conditions
  • Promote the health of people who are at higher risk of / or living with HIV, and educate for and promote personal lifestyles which minimise the risk of transmission of HIV
  • Raise funds to achieve these objectives.

Andrew Shaw Foundation

Andrew Shaw Foundation aims to:  

  • Promote the health status and well-being of Tasmanian people living with HIV 
  • Reduce the impact of HIV on individuals in Tasmania 
  • Enhance the dignity and quality of life of Tasmanian people affected by HIV 
  • Assist people in households affected by HIV 
  • Encourage self-help groups of people affected by or at high risk of HIV 
  • Address the causes of HIV/AIDS-related poverty in Tasmania 
  • Encourage, assist, monitor and promote medical, social and scientific research into the causes, prevention and cure of HIV and HIV -related conditions 
  • Promote the health of people who are at higher risk of / or living with HIV, and educate for and promote personal lifestyles which minimise the risk of transmission of HIV 
  • Raise funds to achieve these objectives. 

Vision, Mission and Strategy

Our Vision

Working towards Zero: Blood Born Viruses (BBV), Stigma, Discrimination in Tasmania.

Our Mission

While Working in partnership with all communities towards the elimination of  Blood Borne Viruses, related Stigma and Discrimination in Tasmania, TasCAHRD provides services that promote the health and well-being of people living with, affected by or at risk of HIV and Hepatitis.

Our Values

TasCAHRD is part of a  community with shared responsibility for Blood Borne Viruses.

  •  Engaging & Empowering Partnerships
  •  Respectful & Dignified Interactions
  •  Embracing people’s lived experiences
  •  Operational Excellence

Vision, Mission and Strategy

Our Vision

Working towards Zero: Blood Born Viruses (BBV), Stigma, Discrimination in Tasmania.

Our Mission

While Working in partnership with all communities towards elimination of  Blood Borne Viruses, related Stigma and Discrimination in Tasmania, TasCAHRD provides services that promote the health and wellbeing of people living with, affected by or at risk of HIV and Hepatitis.

Our Values

TasCAHRD is part of a  community with shared responsibility for Blood Borne Viruses.

  • Engaging & Empowering Partnerships
  • Respectful & Dignified Interactions
  • Embracing people’s lived experiences
  • Operational Excellence

Our Strategic Goals

Consolidation of Services

  • A staff structure to reflect the need of the organisation
  • Upgrade physical premises to improve services
  • Refine financial & audit structure:. Transparency, Efficiency, Accountability
  • Financial Sustainability

Governance

  • Maintain quality as core value of organisational management
  • Ensure members of  key population groups are represented at board level  lived experience in Board
  • Ensure diversity of  skills across the organisation
  • Transparency
  • Clear communication

Relevance

  • Engage emerging communities in the BBV sector
  • Build strong relationships with other services relevant client outcomes
  • Improve engagement with  current members
  • Current knowledge of  Emerging trends, New developments in related social & medical fields

Sustainability

  • Position TasCAHRD within a changing communities
  • Opportunities suitable to TasCAHRD
  • Continually enhance public profile as a peak body in the BBV field
  • Diversify income streams
  • Engage volunteer workforce

Client & Community Engagement

  • Increase visibility
  • Grow client network & services
  • Develop greater statewide focus
  • Reach out to all key populations
  • Continuously enhance education & training opportunities to meet the mission of the organisation

Our Strategic Goals

Consolidation of Services

  • A staff structure to reflect the need of the organisation
  • Upgrade physical premises to improve services
  • Refine financial & audit structure:. Transparency, Efficiency, Accountability
  • Financial Sustainability

Governance

  • Maintain quality as core value of organisational management
  • Ensure members of  key population groups are represented at board level  lived experience in Board
  • Ensure diversity of  skills across the organisation
  • Transparency
  • Clear communication

Relevance

  • Engage emerging communities in the BBV sector
  • Build strong relationships with other services relevant client outcomes
  • Improve engagement with  current members
  • Current knowledge of  Emerging trends, New developments in related social & medical fields

Sustainability

  • Position TasCAHRD within a changing communities
  • Opportunities suitable to TasCAHRD
  • Continually enhance public profile as a peak body in the BBV field
  • Diversify income streams
  • Engage volunteer workforce

Client & Community Engagement

  • Increase visibility
  • Grow client network & services
  • Develop greater statewide focus
  • Reach out to all key populations
  • Continuously enhance education & training opportunities to meet the mission of the organisation

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4 hours ago

TasCAHRD

Come visit the Red Thread stall at the University of Tasmania Orientation Expo on the Sandy Bay campus. Grab free safer sex packs, badges, tote bags, and a copy of Red Thread magazine. You can also enter the guess the condom contest to win a set of noise cancelling headphones! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 day ago

TasCAHRD

Thanks to TasCAHRD for publishing our article “Empathy, not judgement”, in their latest Red Thread summer issue.
Read it here https://www.redthread.org.au/health-posts/red-thread-issue-34/
... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

TasCAHRD

Today may be Valentine's Day, but it is also National Condom Day, and to celebrate our friends at The Link Youth Health Service and TasCAHRD invite young people 25 and under to submit a POSTER that speaks about one of the following 4 themes:

1. Condom use – Use condoms or dams to help prevent Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs). Condoms also help prevent pregnancy.
2. Consent – Communicate with your partner/s and check in regularly. Consent is essential.
3. Pleasure – When things are getting hot, make sure everyone is having fun. Pleasure is important.
4. STI testing – Testing for Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) is easy peasy. A simple urine, swab or blood sample is often all that’s needed.

The competition opens TODAY! and closes on Friday 6 March. The winner will be announced on Friday 13 March.

The winner will receive a pair of headphones valued at $200.

Teachers, allied health professionals and parents are encouraged to use the competition as an opportunity to talk about the importance of safe and positive sexual experiences.

Poster Workshop & Free Sausage Sizzle:
To assist young people develop their poster ideas, The Link will be holding a poster workshop at The Link TODAY from 1-3pm, along with a free sausage sizzle to celebrate National Condom Day/Valentines Day. Bookings not necessary – just turn up! More info at: National Condom Day 2020

(There's also another similar event in Clarence outside the Council offices. Detail here: National Condom Day.)

Conditions of entry for poster competition:
1. Must be aged 25 and under
2. Entries must be submitted to hello@thelink.org.au
3. Entries will only be accepted between 14/2/2020 – 8/3/2020
4. Entries that include content that is discriminatory will be disqualified. For definitions of discrimination, please visit Equal Opportunity Tasmania
( https://equalopportunity.tas.gov.au/discrimination )
5. Winner will be notified by email or phone between 6/3/2020 – 12/3/2020
6. Winner will be provided with details for how to collect their prize within a negotiated time period.

For further information regarding this competition please contact The Link Youth Health Service on 03 6231 2927 or clairej@thelink.org.au
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 days ago

TasCAHRD

We are excited to inform our members that NAPWHA will be leading with the principles of the Meaningful Involvement of People with HIV (MIPA) in the development and implementation of a National Congress of PLHIV.

This Body Positive Congress will be held this year in September in Melbourne and presents a unique opportunity and aims to focus on the Art of Flourishing and living well with HIV. It will be the first congress of its kind, and will bring PLHIV across the country together in the same place to exchange views and ideas to advance the wellbeing of PLHIV in Australia.

In line with MIPA principals, NAPWHA are looking for an additional 7 engaging and inspiring PLHIV who represent the diverse population of PLHIV across Australia and who are willing to commit to participating in the advisory group for its duration, and we wish to help spread the word.

The role of the advisory group will be to provide advice on the format, content, topics, speaker selection and attendance of this gathering of PLHIV in Australia.

If you are interested or know of anyone who fits the description who may also be interested, please click the link below to view the Expression of Interest information and application steps.

https://napwha.org.au/body-positive-congress-2020/

Positive Life NSW Living Positive Victoria Queensland Positive People - QPP Positive Life SA POWA Bobby Goldsmith Foundation TasCAHRD Positive Women Victoria Northern Territory AIDS & Hepatitis Council Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO)
... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

TasCAHRD

Happy #CondomDay2020 ! Remember, you have the freedom to choose when and what sexual activities to take part in, and the freedom to change your mind at any time. And remember! Be Like Sam. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Credit to @sexualhealthquarters
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4 hours ago

TasCAHRD

Come visit the Red Thread stall at the University of Tasmania Orientation Expo on the Sandy Bay campus. Grab free safer sex packs, badges, tote bags, and a copy of Red Thread magazine. You can also enter the guess the condom contest to win a set of noise cancelling headphones! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 day ago

TasCAHRD

Thanks to TasCAHRD for publishing our article “Empathy, not judgement”, in their latest Red Thread summer issue.
Read it here https://www.redthread.org.au/health-posts/red-thread-issue-34/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 days ago

TasCAHRD

Today may be Valentine's Day, but it is also National Condom Day, and to celebrate our friends at The Link Youth Health Service and TasCAHRD invite young people 25 and under to submit a POSTER that speaks about one of the following 4 themes:

1. Condom use – Use condoms or dams to help prevent Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs). Condoms also help prevent pregnancy.
2. Consent – Communicate with your partner/s and check in regularly. Consent is essential.
3. Pleasure – When things are getting hot, make sure everyone is having fun. Pleasure is important.
4. STI testing – Testing for Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) is easy peasy. A simple urine, swab or blood sample is often all that’s needed.

The competition opens TODAY! and closes on Friday 6 March. The winner will be announced on Friday 13 March.

The winner will receive a pair of headphones valued at $200.

Teachers, allied health professionals and parents are encouraged to use the competition as an opportunity to talk about the importance of safe and positive sexual experiences.

Poster Workshop & Free Sausage Sizzle:
To assist young people develop their poster ideas, The Link will be holding a poster workshop at The Link TODAY from 1-3pm, along with a free sausage sizzle to celebrate National Condom Day/Valentines Day. Bookings not necessary – just turn up! More info at: National Condom Day 2020

(There's also another similar event in Clarence outside the Council offices. Detail here: National Condom Day.)

Conditions of entry for poster competition:
1. Must be aged 25 and under
2. Entries must be submitted to hello@thelink.org.au
3. Entries will only be accepted between 14/2/2020 – 8/3/2020
4. Entries that include content that is discriminatory will be disqualified. For definitions of discrimination, please visit Equal Opportunity Tasmania
( https://equalopportunity.tas.gov.au/discrimination )
5. Winner will be notified by email or phone between 6/3/2020 – 12/3/2020
6. Winner will be provided with details for how to collect their prize within a negotiated time period.

For further information regarding this competition please contact The Link Youth Health Service on 03 6231 2927 or clairej@thelink.org.au
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 days ago

TasCAHRD

We are excited to inform our members that NAPWHA will be leading with the principles of the Meaningful Involvement of People with HIV (MIPA) in the development and implementation of a National Congress of PLHIV.

This Body Positive Congress will be held this year in September in Melbourne and presents a unique opportunity and aims to focus on the Art of Flourishing and living well with HIV. It will be the first congress of its kind, and will bring PLHIV across the country together in the same place to exchange views and ideas to advance the wellbeing of PLHIV in Australia.

In line with MIPA principals, NAPWHA are looking for an additional 7 engaging and inspiring PLHIV who represent the diverse population of PLHIV across Australia and who are willing to commit to participating in the advisory group for its duration, and we wish to help spread the word.

The role of the advisory group will be to provide advice on the format, content, topics, speaker selection and attendance of this gathering of PLHIV in Australia.

If you are interested or know of anyone who fits the description who may also be interested, please click the link below to view the Expression of Interest information and application steps.

https://napwha.org.au/body-positive-congress-2020/

Positive Life NSW Living Positive Victoria Queensland Positive People - QPP Positive Life SA POWA Bobby Goldsmith Foundation TasCAHRD Positive Women Victoria Northern Territory AIDS & Hepatitis Council Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO)
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 days ago

TasCAHRD

Happy #CondomDay2020 ! Remember, you have the freedom to choose when and what sexual activities to take part in, and the freedom to change your mind at any time. And remember! Be Like Sam. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Credit to @sexualhealthquarters
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Magazine

Radio

BENT AIR

Thursday @ 11 A.M.

ON EDGE RADIO 99.3FM

edgeradio.org.au

facebook.com/BentAirRadio/

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