Positively Women – A research project using art to express what it means to be a woman living with HIV in Australia

The goal of the project is to understand how the creation of images and narratives by women living with HIV about their lives can be empowering and transformative, both for women and for those who view their artwork.

If you would like to participate in this project, please contact Patricia Morgan for more information.
Email: positivelywomen@kirby.unsw.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9385 9018
Download the Participant Information and Consent Form


Am I eligible?

In order to participate, you will need to be a woman living with HIV (including cis, trans and gender diverse women), 18 years of age or older, and living in Australia. You will also need to be able to provide informed consent, communicate in English, and have access to the internet and a computer or smart phone.


What will I have to do?

The study has two stages. In the first stage, you will participate in an online art workshop. Over 4 weeks (starting in October), you will be introduced to art and meditation practices and you will use these to express your thoughts and feelings of life with HIV. In the fifth week, we will interview you about your experiences of the workshop. In the second stage, the artworks that you are happy to share publicly will be featured in an art exhibition.

  • No art skills are required and you can remain anonymous by using an alias.
  • All materials will be provided and a payment of $200 to honour your participation.

This will be a great opportunity to express yourself, get to know other women living with HIV, and provide positive imagery and stories to support other women living with HIV and give the people who view your work a deeper understanding of life with HIV.


In collaboration with: Positive Life SA, Femfatales, Positive Women Victoria, Living Positive Victoria, Meridian, Northern Territory AIDS & Hepatitis Council, Queensland Positive People, Positive Organisation Western Australia, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, National Association of People with HIV Australia, Positive Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Network.

Ethics Approval Number: HC200344