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PrEPIT WA: PrEP trial now available in Western Australia

PrEPIT WA: PrEP trial now available in Western Australia

The state government have launched Western Australia’s first pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial this week. The trial, entitled PrEPIT WA, will enable up to 2,000 people at risk of HIV to obtain PrEP free of charge from four local clinics; The M Clinic, GP on Beaufort, Royal Perth Hospital Sexual Health Clinic and Fremantle Hospital’s South […]

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“We’ve seen it all before”: WA AIDS Council’s new CEO on marriage debate

“We’ve seen it all before”: WA AIDS Council’s new CEO on marriage debate

The new CEO of the Western Australian AIDS Council has weighed in on the marriage debate, sharing from his personal experience as a gay man growing up in the 1970’s. David Kernohan, formerly of the Mental Health Law Centre, has released a statement comparing today’s debate over same sex marriage to a time when Australia […]

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State govt increase support for LGBTI+ mental health ahead of postal survey

Deputy Premier Roger Cook has today announced the McGowan Government will increase support for mental health services that support the LGBTI+ community ahead of the federal government’s postal survey on marriage equality. The Minister for Health and Mental Health revealed in a press release that his department cannot ignore the effect of the postal survey […]

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WA AIDS Council disappointed PrEP not yet added to PBS

WA AIDS Council disappointed PrEP not yet added to PBS

The Western Australian AIDS Council say they are disappointed that the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’s (PBAC) has decided to defer the decision on whether to list Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Negotiation between the PBAC and the manufacturers of the drug Tenofovir which is used in PrEP treatment appear to have […]

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David Kernohan appointed CEO of the WA AIDS Council

David Kernohan appointed CEO of the WA AIDS Council

The WA AIDS Council have announced David Kernohan will join the organisation as their new Chief Executive. Kernohan has held senior executive roles in the not-for-profit sector in Western Australia for over 20 years, most recently as CEO of the Mental Health Law Centre (WA). The chair of the WA AIDS Council, Asanka Gunasekera, said […]

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Stay up to date with PrEP: Register your interest

Stay up to date with PrEP: Register your interest

The WA AIDS Council (WAAC) have established a new mailing list to keep you informed on the upcoming changes to PrEP access on the west coast. With our state’s first PrEP trial expected to begin in the second half of this year, WAAC are offering a new service to ensure those who are interested in accessing PrEP […]

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The future of HIV leadership in Western Australia

The future of HIV leadership in Western Australia

Ren Adams is an openly HIV positive gay man who is the founding Chair of the new Positive Organisation Western Australia (POWA). Living with HIV for 16 years, with an array of skills including strategic communications, Government, and consultancy work, and having recently completed a retreat with the Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI), Ren is […]

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AIDS Candlelight memorial focuses on hope of a HIV free future

Perth’s candlelight memorial for people affected by HIV/AIDS had it’s biggest turn out in many years, and despite pouring rain, a clear message about the respecting the past, and building upon decades of work was heard. Crowds gathered at the AIDS Memorial at Robertson Park in North Perth for the annual event which saw speakers […]

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WA AIDS Council announce interim CEO Peter ‘Willie’ Rowe

WA AIDS Council announce interim CEO Peter ‘Willie’ Rowe

The Board of the WA AIDS Council have named Peter ‘Willie’ Rowe as Interim CEO of the organisation, following the tragic death of Andrew Burry over the weekend. Rowe has long been tied to WAAC, previously serving on the Board for over 10 years, where he spent three years as Chairperson. Rowe has also served […]

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Why hasn’t there been a PrEP trial in Western Australia?

Why hasn’t there been a PrEP trial in Western Australia?

On World AIDS Day, Askanka Gunasekera, Chair of the WA AIDS Council, congratulated on South Australia on their recent announcement that they would hold a trial into PrEP treatment. “This leaves Western Australia as the only major jurisdiction in Australia that has not made such arrangements. A proposal has been with the Minister for Health, […]

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