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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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ZERO exhibition shows many ways of looking at HIV

ZERO exhibition shows many ways of looking at HIV

The WA AIDS Council and PS Art Space marked World AIDS Day with the opening of a new exhibition featuring a range of art works inspired by the number zero. The exhibition features a wide range of artistic expressions of the theme including sculptural works, photographs, paintings and wearable art. The WA AIDS Council and […]

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WA AIDS Council host free Pride film screening for World AIDS Day

WA AIDS Council host free Pride film screening for World AIDS Day

The WA AIDS Council will be hosting a free screening of Matthew Warchus’ 2014 film Pride in the Northbridge Piazza tomorrow evening at 6pm. The event is held the evening before December 1, which marks World AIDS Day across the globe. WAAC are inviting guests to come together and enjoy the screening in the open air with […]

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HIV is still here: Start the conversation

HIV is still here: Start the conversation

Talking about relationships and sex can be difficult for some in the wider community. Many people feel embarrassed, shamed or nervous talking about sex, and may not be used to using the type of language needed to talk openly. For the queer community, talking about sex seems to come more easily. Gay men – compared […]

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Perth’s first Queer International Film Festival begins September 9

Perth’s first Queer International Film Festival begins September 9

The WA AIDS Council are launching WA’s inaugural Queer International Film Festival next week and will be screening seven of the best LGBTIQ+ films from around the world at The Backlot Perth. Festival Director Mark Reid said he was on a mission to offer Perth audiences thought provoking cinema as he was developing the festival […]

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