Government announces funding for HIV projects

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Health minister Greg Hunt is marking World AIDS Day by announcing federal government funding to support the ongoing battle against HIV.

Mr Hunt said more than 28,000 Australians are living with HIV.

"Australia’s collective and long term track record and leadership in HIV, working together to provide innovative treatments and supporting people living with HIV is respected globally, however – now more than ever – it’s important to maintain the focus," he said.

Mr Hunt said the government will provide $6.2 million to a range of projects, including $1.5 million to the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) and National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA). They will develop a program designed to increase the knowledge and skills of the workforce in a way that contributes to a reduction in new HIV infections.

The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AVIL) will receive up to $750,000 over two years to implement a number of projects aligned to the key priority areas of the relevant National Strategies.

The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) will receive up to $1.4 million over two years to implement a number of projects including a Hepatitis B Primary Care Referral Pilot Pathway, a trans and gender diverse health care model and review of user experience, a Primary Health Network engagement pilot and an update to the All Good online resource.

Mr Hunt said a further $2.5 million will support innovation in the sector with grants of up to $500,000 to provide positive outcomes for priority populations identified in national strategies.

The minister said the government's goals include virtually eliminating HIV transmission in Australia by 2022, reducing mortality and morbidity related to HIV and supporting those living with HIV by reducing stigma and discrimination.