The AIDS Action Council of the ACT held their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 28 November and announced their newest Life Members – John Mackay and Danny Ryding. The evening also included a Peter Rowland Memorial Address and election of a renewed Board.
The Council Awards presented included the President’s Award to longtime volunteer Pat McEwan and Communications Awards to Jacob White the driving force behind Yes!Fest and Jules Kim, CEO of Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association.
“Our work is supported by an incredible network of individuals and organisations every year,” said the Council’s Executive Director Philippa Moss. “Our annual awards are just a small token of our appreciation and a way we can acknowledge the meaningful impact of their contribution.”
The AGM showcased the work of the organisation and demonstrated the impact this work provides. The Council’s Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, ‘Contribution to Change’ brings together peer-based expertise, evaluation data, and the results of external research to build a credible picture of how the Council is contributing to outcomes for the community it seeks to serve. The 2017-2018 Impact Report can be found on the website www.aidsaction.org.au
The membership elected five new members to the Board to steer and govern the organisation. Adam Stankevicius, Tim Dyke, Sue Webeck, Elena Rosenman and Joel Radcliffe join ongoing Board members, Wayne Herbert, Alex Durrant and Michael Sparks. Philippa Moss said “Our Board is essential to the good governance of the Council and we appreciate their insight, expertise and generous support as volunteers who play a vital role in the strategic direction and sustainability of the Council.”
For more information please contact the AIDS Action Council on 6257 2855.
While many LGBTI people live happy, healthy and productive lives, there are a range of preventable mental health issues which affect a disproportionate number of people in the LGBTI community compared to the general population. LGBTI people are twice as likely to experience anxiety disorders, three times as likely to experience affective disorders such as depression and social phobias and five times more likely to experience major depressive episodes.
“CHECK IT OUT” - Supporting and celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer Communities in Canberra and beyond.
The podcast has become a formidable tool for communication and promotion. The AIDS Action Council is well placed to take full advantage of this online phenomenon with the highly anticipated launch of its Podcast series. “Check It Out”.
Not only will “Check it Out” extend the AIDS Action Council’s reach in terms of HIV prevention education, sexual health promotion, gender diversity awareness and LGBTIQ community issues, it prides itself on being quintessentially Canberra.
Canberra is a unique and fascinating city that, on the one hand, feels a little like a country town, but on the other, is an epicentre of knowledge and decision making in Australia. Canberra is growing and developing faster than any state in the country in population and Canberra’s cultural landscape seems to be following this trend. This is the perfect time to remind people the AIDS Action Council is working hard to keep important issues on the front page.
Dr Tim Dyke President of the AIDS Action Council said “We have a wonderful opportunity to tell our stories and shine a light on the amazing people who live and work in Canberra. We also have a real chance to communicate with people far and wide in an extraordinary way and to connect with our communities in the ACT - and the rest of the world. Whether you’re an isolated young person in a country town or somebody planning a visit to our nation’s capital, you will know about the AIDS Action Council and how you can connect with us. ”
“Check it Out” will launch on Monday February 5 consisting of several episodes with regular new episodes to follow. You can access the entire series via the AIDS Action Council website or wherever you download your favourite podcasts. Visit our website to listen now: aidsaction.org.au/podcast
About the AIDS Action Council
The AIDS Action Council is a not for profit community organisation that works to build strong, connected and supportive communities that are free of new HIV transmissions, marginalisation, discrimination and stigma. To learn more visit www.aidsaction.org.au or www.facebook.com/AIDSactionACT, or call us on 6257 2855.