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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 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 of experience treating people living with HIV and an excellent knowledge of the naturopathic treatments specific to HIV.


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.

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Lunches are currently served on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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 physical distancing. Please check our Facebook page closer to the date to see what the meal of the week will be.


Dinners are currently served on the first Thursday of each month from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.

Please note: on the Thursday when dinner is served lunch is not provided.


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.

We are delighted to announce that we recently received some funding from Stonnington Council to provide additional nutritional support through our Pantry program. The Positive Nutrition Program will supplement the existing Pantry through the provision of protein products, such as meat, chicken and fish, including a new recipe each fortnight to prepare a delicious and nutritious meal.

Coffee and Cake

Coffee and Cake are served each Wednesday at 2.30pm. Come in and enjoy a delicious sweet treat and a chat.

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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.

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Art Class

In partnership with the Council of Adult Education, we are delighted to provide the Art classes to the Positive Living Centre. Whether you’re a novice, expert or in between, this initiative will develop your skills in a supportive environment, with the support of award winning artist, Mia Schoen. This course builds capacity for personal arts practice by identifying individual student needs and is a pathway for further study in accredited visual arts training.

Grow, Cook & Go

A basic cooking course based around developing explicit skills including planning, shopping for, preparing and cooking simple, nutritious meals. Alongside this cooking course is the management/growing of a vegetable/herb garden. Participants will plan and research types of seeds and seedlings to be grown, learn about growing plants from cuttings, suitable plants for a specific garden, composting and harvesting.

Exercise classes

One hour class designed to stretch and tone your entire body, with a focus on core control, limb strength and balance. Run by the physio team from the Alfred Hospital.

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.

Needle and Syringe Program

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

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

Laundry Facilities


Available by appointment on Wednesday afternoons.


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