AIDS Action Council acknowledges the sad passing of Levinia Crooks
28 November 1960 – 16 October 2017
It is with great sadness that the Board, Staff and Volunteers of the AIDS Action Council of the ACT acknowledge the sad passing of Adjunct Associate Professor Levinia Crooks, AM on 16 October 2017 after a long and courageously fought illness. Levinia was 56 and is survived by her mother, Judy.
Levinia served for over 30 years as a champion for people’s rights in the health sector. She began in the 1980s supporting her friends and colleagues impacted by HIV/AIDS, conducting social research to inform the development of counselling and support services for people living with HIV. She also served as President of the AIDS Council of NSW and Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, as well as on the Board of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations. Levinia’s dedication to and achievements in the fields of public health promotion and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS leaves an extensive legacy, with countless lives in our region touched by her energetic, pragmatic and brave approach.
She applied her considerable experience and skills to push for dramatic changes in the viral hepatitis response and greater attention to sexual health needs. Her drive and focus on the needs of the workforce in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health pioneered contributed to establishing ASHM as a provider of high quality resources and training. Throughout her career, Levinia wrote a wide range of educational resources and provided robust advocacy for many initiatives that resulted in increased access to HIV and viral hepatitis treatments.
In 2008 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to HIV policy, her care for people with HIV and her contribution to health generally. In 2015 she was further honoured with the ACON President’s Award in recognition of a lifetime dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people affected by HIV and AIDS.
Farewell Levinia - you inspire us to continue your work and dedication.