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The Positive Living Centre (PLC) is a vibrant and safe environment for all people living with HIV. The PLC's main aim is to enhance the health and wellbeing of HIV positive people, through the provision of social, emotional, recreational, and skills-based services and activities. Many services are provided free-of-charge and are delivered by a range of skilled facilitators, staff, and volunteers.

The Positive Living Centre is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday.

Contact us:
Phone: (03) 9863 0444
Fax: (03) 9820 3166
Email: plcfeedback@thorneharbour.org
Address: 51 Commercial Road South Yarra VIC 3141

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NATUROPATHY
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Naturopathy

Naturopathy focuses on natural remedies and the body's ability to heal and maintain itself. Naturopaths offer dietary and lifestyle advice and will often prescribe herbal medicines, vitamins and mineral supplements. Naturopathy can successfully minimise some of the side-effects of drug therapies used in HIV treatment.

Our naturopath offers consultations at the Positive Living Centre. He has many years experience treating people living with HIV and an excellent knowledge of the naturopathic treatments specific to HIV.

Vitamart

We also offer a Vitamin supply service, providing high potency supplements that our naturopath (or your own) can recommend. Products are only available with an authority from your GP or Naturopath.

NUTRITIONAL SERVICES
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Lunch

Tuesdays from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. We offer meals as a nutritional and social service to our clients. Our meals balance taste with nutrition and variety. Seating within the Centre will be arranged to support social distancing. Please check our Facebook page closer to the date to see what the meal of the week will be. Numbers are very limited, therefore bookings are essential via reception on 03 9836 0444.

Pantry

The pantry services provides low cost nutritious food items including packaged goods, fruit and vegetables. It is available each day the centre is open. The pantry can be accessed fortnightly in the form of packages, which will be pre-prepared.

Breakfast cereals, tea and coffee

We offer a range of cereals, bread and tea and coffee all day.

EXERCISE ACTIVITIES
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Activities are offered at the Positive Living Centre and supervised by trained professionals.

Lockdown Recovery Program

Tuesdays 11.30am to 12.30pm. With the support and expertise of the Alfred Physiotherapy Department, we are offering a supervised exercise program that can address some of the consequences of the lockdown associated with COVID-19, such as fatigue, lethargy and the reduced ability to be active. The program has been designed to use a number of different disciplines such as Pilates, use of weights and exercise.

If you have not attended exercise classes at the PLC previously, please contact The Alfred Physiotherapy Department on 03 9076 3450 to arrange an initial assessment so that we can ensure a safe, individualised and appropriate program for you.

Bookings are essential for the program so please contact reception on 03 9836 0444

CLIENT CARE AND SUPPORT
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The Client Care and Support services offered at the Positive Living Centre are founded on a community-based model of care that supports capacity building to promote the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV.

The Client Care and Support Team focus on assessment, goal setting, evaluation and external referral. The cornerstone of service delivery and support is based on effective psychosocial rehabilitation, peer support and effective interpersonal interactions.

We have an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Worker offering services to the community.

OTHER SERVICES
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Barber Shop

Chop Suey will be offering $5 Haircuts once a month to remove those COVID locks. To book your appointment call reception on 03 9836 0444.

Launch Housing

Launch Housing offers emergency shelter, crisis accommodation, specialist supports, and rough sleeping services so those at risk can secure a safe home. A Launch Housing outreach worker offers consultations, available by contacting reception on 03 9836 0444.

Needle and Syringe program available

The Victorian Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is a major public health initiative to minimise the spread of blood borne viruses, such as HIV and hepatitis C and B among injecting drug users and to the wider community. We offer:

  • Distribute needles and syringes
  • Sharps disposal containers
  • Sterile swabs
  • Options for the appropriate disposal of used injecting equipment.

Safe sex resources available

We offer a range of products such as lube and condoms.

Laundry facilities available

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