AIDS Action Council Annual Report
This has been an exciting year for the AIDS Action Council (the Council). After a period of change and renewal last year, this year saw the Council undertake a major strategic planning process. This has resulted in a new strategic plan that will set the directions of the Council from 2016 to 2020.
It is particularly exciting to be looking forward at this time given the extraordinary developments in the prevention and management of HIV in our community, and that we are now planning for a future where there are virtually no new HIV transmissions in our community.
The strategic directions of the Council’s new Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020 have been reproduced in this document and were developed through engagement with the impacted communities, Board, staff, members, volunteers and other stakeholders.
During the AGM at the Legislative Assembly, the AIDS Action Council's (the Council) released their 2016 Annual Report . President Dr Nathan Boyle and ED Philippa Moss, briefed the members present regarding the outcomes, impacts and implementation processes of the range of programs and services provided throughout the 2015/16 financial year.
The Council are now aiming for a virtual elimination of new HIV transmission rate by 2020. New technologies and medications have seen the rates of HIV infections fall dramatically since the 1980s, but even with this success, we still have members of our community who are managing HIV as a chronic condition and for the first time, and doing so in the context of ageing with additional health needs.
The Council also needs to understand, and be more aware and responsive to young people's needs. The challenge around prevention has changed with the advent of rapid testing methods and medications such as Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). A key role for the Council is to advocate for these technologies to be available, and accessible, in our local region and to support the community to access them.
The Council has a key role to play in challenging discrimination and stigma, not just within the HIV+ community, but also through the inclusion of the broader Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community. While the Council exists within a jurisdiction that shows leadership in the area of supporting the rights of a diverse community; events across the nation remind us that there is still much to do to remove discrimination and to support human rights within our community.
The challenges remain great, and the opportunities significant. The Council thanks everyone who has contributed to the successful year, and invites you to continue on this exciting journey.
The Annual Report is available to be reviewed online.