Most of us do not spend our waking hours catching up on legislation passed by the United States Congress or, for that matter, the United States Senate. They legislate for the United States and generally have little or no impact on our daily lives. For some people that changed with the passage of the FOSTA Act (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act) in the US Congress and the SESTA Act (Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act) in the US Senate. Together they are referred to as SESTA-FOSTA and, once signed into law by President Trump on 11 April 2018 they made a big difference to how the internet worked, particularly for sex workers.
The AIDS Action Council is partnering with Green Cross Pharmacy Australia to improve access to PrEP for our communities. Through our relationship with Green Cross Pharmacy, the AIDS Action Council is able to assist you in accessing PrEP for free. How to apply for a free PrEP coupon:
The only thing that is constant is change and the Council has had some staff and board changes in the last few months. The wonderful Sue Webeck has resigned from the Council and we had a fun farewell do to mark this occasion and thank Sue for her amazing work and dedication to the sector. Sue is going back to ANU in a long term positon. I know this was a difficult decision for Sue because she is committed to and passionate about the LGBTIQ community and the community sector more broadly.
We are excited to invite you to a short series of financial wellbeing workshops for LGBTIQ adults facilitated by Scott Malcolm from Money Mechanices.
Workshop 1 - How Healthy Are Your Finances? May 1, 6pm - 7:30pm
Come and get a financial health check!
The fight to eliminate HIV/AIDS in Australia is driven by the passion, determination and dedication of advocates and activists across the nation. David Cooper was one such leader, and the staff and Board of AIDS Action Council join the Kirby Insititute in mourning the passing of Professor David Cooper.
One of UNSW Sydney’s and Australia’s most distinguished academic leaders, Scientia Professor David Cooper, passed away on Sunday 18 March after a short illness. Professor Cooper was internationally renowned, initiating ground-breaking, collaborative infectious disease research that has saved countless lives in Australia, and throughout the world. He was among the first responders when the HIV epidemic reached Australia in the early 1980s, and the inaugural director of the research centre, founded in 1986, that grew to become the Kirby Institute and established Australia’s ongoing global leadership in the fight against the global HIV epidemic.
On 21 March 2018, the Federal Minister for Health announced that PrEP will be subsidised by the Australian Government through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 April 2018. For more information about what this means please see the AFAO PrEP Factsheet.
“Tony brought a wealth of experience and wisdom to VAC. His legacy is woven into the fabric of so many of the organisations that played a vital role in the Australian response to HIV and AIDS. We will miss his unwavering dedication but will feel the impact of his valuable contribution in perpetuity.” - VAC President Chad Hughes
AIDS Action Council acknowledges the sad passing of a dedicated champion in the response to HIV and AIDS with the passing of Tony Maynard. Serving on the current Victorian AIDS Council board, Tony’s longstanding commitment to addressing HIV in Australia goes back over 30 years - beginning with his work as VAC’s first Treatments Officer during the height of the epidemic.
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