by AIDS action council president, adam stankevicius. 1/12/2018
World AIDS Day is an annual event held on 1 December to raise awareness about people living with HIV and to promote HIV prevention and education. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. World AIDS Day is recognised and observed by millions of people in more than 190 countries around the world as a day to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.
There were 963 new HIV diagnoses in Australia in 2017. While this is the lowest number of diagnoses since 2010, we still need to focus our efforts on making sure this downward trend continues.
On Wednesday 28 November the Council held its Annual General Meeting. As always this event included the Peter Rowland Memorial Address, the Council’s Awards and the election of the Board.
The Council’s newest Fabulous (Life) Members were our patron John Mackay and passionate supporter and critical friend Danny Ryding. The President’s Award was given to longtime volunteer Pat McEwan and the Communications Award to Jacob White the driving force behind Yes!Fest and Jules Kim, CEO of Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association. Sue Driscoll was awarded the community award and Dr Mike Seah the David Widdup Award.
One of the things we love so much about hosting Fair Day is being able to connect Canberra's LGBTIQ communities with organisations and businesses that share and celebrate their values. Fair Day is about discovering new things, not just for members of the public but for Council staff and volunteers too. We asked one of our Major Sponsors, PWC, why Fair Day and Canberra's LGBTIQ communities mean so much to them. Here’s what they said:
It’s easy to say our personal lives shouldn’t affect our work. But in reality, they do.
There has been a lot of debate about the privacy impacts of My Health Record. Some people were uncomfortable that it had changed from an “opt in” scheme, where you had to make a decision to participate, to an “opt out” scheme where you participated unless you acted to not participate. Other people were uncomfortable with the level of protection in the law for the information stored in the record. Some people welcomed not having to repeat everything to every health professional and having detailed information readily accessible and under their control. So- is My Health Record good or bad- how do we know?
In mid-July, I was lucky to attend the 2018 LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference in Melbourne. The conference runs annually and is jointly hosted by Thorne Harbour Health (formally VAC) and ACON. Over two days, presenters from organisations, local governments and universities around Australia and the pacific cover a broad range of topics related to women’s health including sexual health, alcohol and other drugs use, the wellbeing of culturally and linguistically diverse communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
AIDS2018 was a historic week in the global response and a hectic week for those at the conference. More than 16,000 researchers, advocates, policy makers, funders and community leaders from more than 160 countries came together in Amsterdam for AIDS 2018 – this was a key milestone on the road to a world without HIV and HIV related stigma.
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- CBR Fair Day 2018
- Rainbow Families Winter Ball
- International AIDS Candlelight Memorial 2018
- Bruce Richman U=U Speaking Tour
- National Day of Women Living with HIV: Morning Tea
- Join us for a special event film screening: The Pink House
- What is Sex Positivity?
- Play & Pleasure
- 2017 has been a big year!
- Read our new Annual Report