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PrEP treatment recommended for PBS listing

PrEP treatment recommended for PBS listing

Game changing HIV preventative treatment PrEP has been recommend for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in a move which is anticipated to make a significant impact on the number of new cases of HIV. The announcement has been welcomed by AIDS organisations around Australia, after the previous attempt to have the medication listed was […]

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Red Ribbon pop-up stall highlights World AIDS Day

Red Ribbon pop-up stall highlights World AIDS Day

Staff and volunteers from the WA AIDS Council were out in force in central Perth this morning highlighting that it’s World AIDS Day. City commuters were encouraged to buy a red ribbon to mark awareness about HIV, while a stand in Forrest Place provided the latest information about HIV. in the lead up to World […]

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Northbridge was at its most fabulous for Saturday’s Pride Parade

Northbridge was at its most fabulous for Saturday’s Pride Parade

Pride WA’s biggest ever procession through the streets of Northbridge lit up a new route over the weekend, celebrating the west coast’s LGBTIQ+ community. 84 fabulous floats moved up Beaufort, Francis, Lake, James and William streets on Saturday evening, as thousands of onlookers and supporters cheered and applauded. This year was full of firsts, not […]

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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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