Authors: Tim Moffitt, Michael Smith
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Lived Experience, Recovery,Clinical Issues,Comorbidity
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: People living with both a mental illness and HIV experience many challenges. HIV and mental health comorbidity has a lifelong effect on people’s health and quality of life and lead to a shorter life span. It also presents challenges for clinicians working with two stigmatised and complex health conditions. The HIV Outreach Team is a multi-disciplinary/specialty community health team in the South East Sydney Local Health District that provides support for people living with HIV using a case management model.
This talk will give the perspectives of a homeless Kamilaroi man living with complex clinical issues such as HIV since 2000, Bipolar Affective Disorder, hypercholesterolemia, a congenital anomaly and being gay from the time of his referral in 2013. This will be in contrast with the role of a non-indigenous mental health clinician working in a HIV service.
Tim and Michael will share the person living with a mental illness /clinician experience covering the process of engagement, diagnosis, adherence, cultural difference and the lived experience of working with a client led approach and the impacts on health.
Learning Objective 1: Be given a perspective from a person living with HIV/Mental Illness about the challenges of engaging with services and how the role of a mental health clinician can influence mental and physical health.
Learning Objective 2: Be given a perspective from a mental health clinician with engaging with an indigenous man who was homeless and challenging to engage and how to use the lived experience of the client to overcome barriers that often lead to discharge.