NSW Coordinator

Bill has been involved in Australia’s response to HIV since 1986, his paid work has included the Registered Nurse and Nurse Manager role with the Inpatient HIV Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney in the early years of the epidemic, Housing Programs Manager with the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and he currently works at the National Association for People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) as the Operations Manager.  Bill has extensive critical care nursing experience specialising in adult and children’s intensive care.  In service to his social justice values Bill has volunteered as Board member for Sydney’s Western Suburbs Haven Positive Life NSW in its previous incarnation and most recently as President of the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council. Bill is passionate about giving voice to the voiceless and empowerment to the marginalised wherever this occurs in society. Bills experience of activism is recounted in the NAPWHA publication ’Through our Eyes – Thirty years of people living with HIV responding to the HIV and AIDS epidemics in Australia. Bill is a graduate of the November 2013 PLDI workshop.

QLD Coordinators

Matt holds a Master of Business (Sport Management) qualification and is currently the Director of an Events Management company with a focus on charities after having previously worked at prominent Sports Management organisations. He has been living with HIV for over 20 years. In 1998 he was banned from playing Australian Rules football due to his HIV status but successfully challenged the ruling in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. As it was an International news issue he appeared on numerous TV, radio and in print media interviews and educational resources. He is a previous recipient of the VAC Presidents Award and the PLWHA Community Endeavour Award in recognition of his leadership in challenging discrimination against people living with HIV. In October 2002 he was the first Australian Rules footballer to publicly come out as gay and now identifies as bisexual. Matt is a beyondblue Ambassador and part of their Public Speaker’s program raising mental health awareness and suicide prevention education. He is on the Management Committee of a community based, not for profit Association that provides LGBTI participation in sport in a safe environment. Recently Matt has been active in publicly supporting ENUF, the No To Homophobia campaign, the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia and providing a response after Charlie Sheen’s announcement. His objective is to educate while challenging stereotypes.

Sharon was diagnosed with HIV in 2009. Migrated from Cape Town, South Africa after meeting her husband online. She has been living in Bundaberg Qld for the last 51/2 years. Since her arrival she has been passionate about getting more involved, and has been on the Board of Queensland Positive People as the Secretary for the last 2 and a half years. She is a member of the NAPWHA Womens group Femfatales, and was also in the "Talking about HIV" Campaign with Queensland Positive People. She and her husband have started up a support group in the Wide Bay area for PLHIV and have regular socials.

WA Coordinators

Adam completed a Bachelor of Applied Science/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at Q.U.T and then went on to complete a Master of Health Science at the same university. His teaching areas were Physical Education and Health Education. He has taught a range of subject areas in various private schools both in Australia and for over 2 years in Moscow, Russia.  He was offered the position of Project Officer, Gay Men’s Health at the WA AIDS Council in 2016, and relocated from Brisbane for the position. Adam was diagnosed HIV-positive in 2014 and it has been one of the single biggest challenges for him to overcome to date. He undertook training for the Positive Speakers Bureau in Queensland last year and then went on to complete PLDI training in 2016, truly one of the best courses he has ever undertaken.

Paul has been living with HIV for nearly 20 years and returned to Perth six years ago, after a decade on the East Coast. Primarily living in Melbourne he had involvement with Living Positive Victoria (formally PLWHA Victoria) and was the Vice-President of the organisation for several years.  Paul is currently the secretary of the WA Aids Council. A graduate of the Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDi) has seen his personal empowerment brought to his perspective of living with HIV, it has made him aware that he is a voice and a presence for change.  Paul is now empowered to be seen and heard personally, professionally and publicly as a HIV+ man and feels connected to a network of positive peers that will result in a changed lived experience for PLHIV and a hope that this drive in time will extend beyond the borders of Australia. Paul’s new found drive and energy and has created a momentum of positive involvement within the HIV community within Western Australia and Australia. As an advocate for change he seeks to provide a voice and a point of action for the various positive communities present in WA.  For he sees that collectively we have much in common, much more than just HIV. For those that are able to take a stand against stigma and discrimination need to be empowered to do so.