Community Support by Thorne Harbour Health

Community Support originated as a rapid response to the urgent needs of people living with HIV. Building on more than 30 years of staff and volunteer support in this area, Thorne Harbour Health is able to assist people living with HIV at home and to build new connections with the community.

In recent years there has been increasing demand for practical support from people ageing with HIV and those experiencing multiple health issues. Community Support has expanded its home care services for people living with HIV and now also provides NDIS services, including direct support and support coordination. 


Why is this relevant to People Living with HIV who are 50+ (PLHIV50+)?

Community Support is there to help if you require additional support as you age or if you need some assistance to get back on your feet after a period of being unwell. For PLHIV50+ who live alone and need support with some day-to-day activities, Community Support may be able to assist with these needs and provide practical help as well as social support.

Below is an overview of the services that Community Support offers: 


Volunteer Support:

Local volunteer teams across Melbourne and in regional areas provide social support and practical help to people living with HIV. Support includes assistance with shopping, home visits for a chat, or going out for coffee or lunch. 


Medical Transport:

Regular attendance at medical appointments is important for people living with HIV. Free medical transport to healthcare appointments is available for some people who do not have other transport options, based on need. 


Peer Support:

HIV-positive Community Support staff and volunteers provide one-on-one support and information for people living with HIV who would like to talk to someone who understands their situation. Anyone living with HIV may benefit from peer support, particularly those recently diagnosed.

For more information on the above, please call (03) 9863 0426 or


Home Care: 

Community Support provides a range of services to enable clients to maintain their independence and to live in their own homes for longer than would otherwise be possible. Thorne Harbour Health’s Home Care team has trained staff who can assist with services such as house cleaning, shopping and cooking. This service is designed for people with higher needs that cannot be met by council services alone.

For more information call (03) 9863 0430 or to assess your eligibility


NDIS Services:

Thorne Harbour Health also offers following NDIS services: 


  • Support coordination: We work with you to help you understand your NDIS plan and choose the best support services to help you achieve your goals. 
  • Help at home: We provide you with help in the home, including cooking, shopping and cleaning, and we help empower you to live independently. 
  • Community participation: We support you to take part in a range of community activities, including social events and training opportunities. 


For more information, call (03) 9863 0430 or email