2013 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference – Day One

2013 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference

First time conference attendee Daniel Brace, who works in the Health Promotion team at Living Positive Victoria is currently in Darwin, Northern Territory for the 2013 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference. This post is an account of a very busy first day at the conference, including a recap of the day’s activities and key points of interest. Edited by Simon Bailey in Melbourne.

The 2013 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference is being held in Darwin with 642 delegates from all over Australia and surrounding region, with numbers climbing to over 850 as the conference spills over into the Australasian Sexual Health Conference at the end of the week.

Having never been to Darwin, this little correspondent was pretty excited to step off the plane and into the hot, humid tropics. Well, at least for the first hour.

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2013 Annual General Meeting awards

On Thursday 10 October 2013 at Living Positive Victoria’s Annual General Meeting, a selection of awards were presented to recognise outstanding individuals, groups and organisations in six categories. Descriptions of the awards, photographs from the presentations and award citations are listed below.

President’s Award

awarded to: David Menadue

This is presented at the discretion of the President to an individual, group or organisation that has demonstrated visionary ledership in improving the quality of life for HIV-positive people. Often the recipient will have served over a long period and contributed to high level improvements in services for HIV-positive people and to an increased awareness of HIV issues.

Sam Venning with David Menadue

Over many years David Menadue has been a strong and consistent representative speaking with a wide variety of stakeholders to support the interests and priorities of PLHIV.

He was a past Board member of Living Positive Victoria in the roles of Vice President 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2004/2005, 2005/2006, Secretary 2006/2007. Director 2007/2008, Resigned in October 2008 and a member of the Positive Speakers Bureau since the early 1990’s.

He is a current board member of the VAC/GMHC.

David also sits on the Alfred Health Community Advisory Committee. He was part of a skilled group of consumers mainly from the Port Phillip area who work with hospital management to ensure patients and carers are provided with the best possible care. 

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Living Positive Victoria – Board of Directors 2013-2014 nominee Tony White

Board nominations for 2013-2014 have now closed and we have 9 candidates. For election at the AGM, read the statements, think about who you would like to represent your interests on the Living Positive Victoria Board of Directors.

To have your interests represented you need to be in attendance at the AGM on Thursday 10 October at 6pm, RSVP here.

Statements appear in alpha order by the surname of the candidate, the ninth here is from Tony White:

Hello, my name is Tony White. I have been positive for more than a decade now and have seen many changes with-in our community, some good, some not so.

One of the leading lights in the darkness of infection has been Living Positive Victoria from the speakers’ bureau to cutting edge education campaigns ,the solutions have always been best (in my opinion) with positive people being involved in all stages of the process.

This is why I am nominating for the board for a second time and hope to be a part of our communities’ greatest asset.

I have worked in the HIV sector in both paid and voluntary roles, currently I am doing volunteer work at the Positive Living Centre, which allows me to have a lot of contact with many positive people and get insights into the many ways we live our lives day to day. This I believe will inform my work with Positive Living Victoria and lead hopefully to better understanding of our needs and how current the ever changing policies of various bodies(both government and non-government) affect the way we live.

Living Positive Victoria – Board of Directors 2013-2014 nominee Mitchell Payne

Board nominations for 2013-2014 have now closed and we have 9 candidates. For election at the AGM, read the statements, think about who you would like to represent your interests on the Living Positive Victoria Board of Directors.

To have your interests represented you need to be in attendance at the AGM on Thursday 10 October at 6pm, RSVP here.

Statements appear in alpha order by the surname of the candidate, the eighth here is from Mitchell Payne:

As a 23 year old male, I am a pmi of a new generation of people living with HIV, those that did not have to live through the initial fear and grief of HIV and AIDS, but I identify with the lingering challenges that many individuals living with HIV face such as stigma, discrimination and the reliance on pharmaceuticals to survive on a day-to-day basis.

My journey has not been an easy one. Prior to seroconversion, I endured 4 weeks of Post Exposure Prophylaxis where I battled the most severe side effects. My diagnosis brought on extreme anxiety and when my physical health started to deteriorate, I was put on treatment and all most immediately admitted into the Alti•ed hospital with an allergic reaction to the medications.

I’ve been called “Brave”, a “Fighter” an “Inspiration”; but this is just one story, my story. Thousands of young people around the world are faced with daily battles much like mine and many far worse. My fotiune are my amazing suppmi networks that have turned this ordinary, average 23 year old into an activist. An activist with a clear vision and passion for empowering people to embrace their own true selves.