The National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) is saddened to hear of the passing of one of Australia’s leading HIV advocates, Levinia Crooks. For more than 30 years, Levinia worked tirelessly on the frontline of the country’s HIV response to bring about real, effective change.
Levinia first became involved in Australia’s HIV/AIDS movement in the mid-1980s and worked in a variety of professional and volunteer roles in both the community and clinical sectors. Not only was Levinia involved in the formation of NAPWHA, but she also served as President of the AIDS Council of NSW and President of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation. For the past 18 years, Levinia was CEO of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine where she was a leading advocate in the BBV and STI field.
Throughout the decades, Levinia has been hugely instrumental in the fields of HIV prevention, education, treatment and support. NAPWHA would like to recognise Levinia’s unflinching dedication to improving the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV over the years. Her commitment and determination ensured that thousands of lives were impacted by her work in the HIV sector. In 2008, Levinia was awarded the Order of Australia for her outstanding contribution to the HIV response.
“From foundation supporter of NAPWHA to the development of the education program for health professionals that addressed the ever increasing caseload of HIV/AIDS in NSW and nationally, Levinia Crooks has been integral to the successful Australian response to HIV. Her life is testament to the passion she felt for the rights of individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS,” said NAPWHA special representative, Bill Whittaker.