The fight to eliminate HIV/AIDS in Australia is driven by the passion, determination and dedication of advocates and activists across the nation. David Cooper was one such leader, and the staff and Board of AIDS Action Council join the Kirby Insititute in mourning the passing of Professor David Cooper.
One of UNSW Sydney’s and Australia’s most distinguished academic leaders, Scientia Professor David Cooper, passed away on Sunday 18 March after a short illness. Professor Cooper was internationally renowned, initiating ground-breaking, collaborative infectious disease research that has saved countless lives in Australia, and throughout the world. He was among the first responders when the HIV epidemic reached Australia in the early 1980s, and the inaugural director of the research centre, founded in 1986, that grew to become the Kirby Institute and established Australia’s ongoing global leadership in the fight against the global HIV epidemic.
“Tony brought a wealth of experience and wisdom to VAC. His legacy is woven into the fabric of so many of the organisations that played a vital role in the Australian response to HIV and AIDS. We will miss his unwavering dedication but will feel the impact of his valuable contribution in perpetuity.” - VAC President Chad Hughes
AIDS Action Council acknowledges the sad passing of a dedicated champion in the response to HIV and AIDS with the passing of Tony Maynard. Serving on the current Victorian AIDS Council board, Tony’s longstanding commitment to addressing HIV in Australia goes back over 30 years - beginning with his work as VAC’s first Treatments Officer during the height of the epidemic.
Increase in Hepatitis A cases in MSM in Australia
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The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL), in partnership with The ID Crowd and Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM), announce the release of a new online training module designed to enhance communication and understanding between people who use drugs and healthcare professionals.