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New campaign aims to reduce the increasing rates of syphilis

New campaign aims to reduce the increasing rates of syphilis

The WA AIDS Council (WAAC) has launched a major sexual health online campaign to target the alarming rise in syphilis infections in Perth and elsewhere in Western Australia. The educational digital campaign – Syphilis is Making a Comeback – is aimed at preventing new infections of the sexually transmitted disease, and has been prompted following […]

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Perth Steam Works to relaunch with an all-new look

Perth Steam Works to relaunch with an all-new look

LGBTIQ+ venues are finally emerging from lockdown limbo, and Perth Steam Works is ready to return with an all-new look this Saturday. A fixture of Perth’s LGBTIQ+ community for 25 years, Perth Steam Works found a new owner in Michael Drummond earlier this year, and the new team have overseen massive renovations to the space […]

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Living Proud & WA AIDS Council team up for new youth counselling service

Living Proud & WA AIDS Council team up for new youth counselling service

Local LGBTIQ+ support organisations Living Proud and the WA AIDS Council (WAAC) have joined forces on a new LGBTIQA+ youth counselling service, available free of charge. Created in response to COVID-19, the two not-for-profit groups have created the service for young people between the ages of 14 and 26 who are seeking support with issues […]

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WA AIDS Council CEO Lisa Dobrin on free counselling and support

WA AIDS Council CEO Lisa Dobrin on free counselling and support

The WA AIDS Council (WAAC) has waived its fees on remote counselling services, improving access to mental health services for LGBTIQ+ folks in a COVID-19 world. WAAC has also launched an online campaign in conjuction with this initiative, targeting LGBTIQ+ people in rural WA, and raising awareness of their counselling services for people living with […]

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Intl AIDS Candlelight Memorial: We remember, we live beyond HIV

Intl AIDS Candlelight Memorial: We remember, we live beyond HIV

Why are we still lighting candles for people who died of AIDS? Globally UNAIDS reported in July 2019 that approximately 1.7 million acquired HIV and approximately 800,000 people died of AIDS in 2018. Our response to COVID-19 makes sense because we know what happens when we choose not to care and ignore public health threats, […]

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HIV experts say McGowan government is ignoring science

HIV experts say McGowan government is ignoring science

Proposed laws to forcibly test prisoners for HIV have no basis in science, perpetuate stigma, and should be referred to a parliamentary committee, according to the West Australian AIDS Council and National Association for People with HIV Australia. Under laws set to be introduced to the WA Parliament’s Legislative Council on Tuesday, a prisoner who […]

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WA AIDS Council launch free LGBTIQ+ counselling amidst COVID-19

WA AIDS Council launch free LGBTIQ+ counselling amidst COVID-19

The WA AIDS Council (WAAC) has waived its fees on remote counselling services, improving access to mental health services for LGBTIQ+ folks in a COVID-19 world. WAAC has also launched an online campaign in conjuction with this initiative, targeting LGBTIQ+ people in rural WA, and raising awareness of their counselling services for people living with […]

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Lockdown restrictions relaxed but your sex life might still be on hold

Lockdown restrictions relaxed but your sex life might still be on hold

Western Australia has relaxed the restrictions on people meeting due to COVID-19, allowing up to ten people to gather together while maintaining a physical distance of 1.5 metres from each person, but health organisations say it’s not time to restart your casual sex life. ACON, NSW’s leading sexuality and gender diverse and HIV health organisation […]

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WAAC CEO Lisa Dobrin talks leadership, COVID-19 and the future

WAAC CEO Lisa Dobrin talks leadership, COVID-19 and the future

The WA AIDS Council (WAAC) announced in March that Lisa Dobrin had been appointed as the new CEO of the health organisation supporting people living with HIV and the LGBTIQ+ commnity. Stepping up to replace former CEO David Kernohan after his resignation in November last year, Dobrin brings an extensive resume in the community sector […]

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Lisa Dobrin appointed CEO of the WA AIDS Council

Lisa Dobrin appointed CEO of the WA AIDS Council

The WA AIDS Council (WAAC) has announced that Lisa Dobrin has been appointed as their new Chief Executive Officer. Dobrin replaces David Kernohan who resigned in November 2019 ahead of the organisations Annual General Meeting. In a statement posted to their website WAAC announced Dobrin will begin leading the organisation on Monday 16 March. The […]

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