NAPWHA Annual General Meeting 2023 Summary

NAPWHA hosted our 2023 Annual General Meeting on Friday 3 November at the Rydges Hotel in Camperdown, Sydney. Representatives from each of our member organisations had a great day reflecting on our past year and looking on to the next one. Below are some highlights and resources as a summary.

Annual Report 2023

Executive Director, Aaron Cogle gave a summary of the 2023 Annual Report and celebrated some wins for NAPWHA including the launch of the self testing kit and the ‘pass it on’ anti-stigma campaign. Read the full report below for all the 2022 – 2023 highlights.

NAPWHA Board Announcements 

NAPWHA President, Scott Harlum, made announcements of new changes to the NAPWHA Board, including the welcomed appointment of Daniel Petra-Jaya Sudarto and Mark Halton as Ordinary Directors, and Steve Spencer as Treasurer. Warm thanks and acknowledgements were made to departing Ordinary Directors Justin Xiao and Simon O’Connor, and Treasurer Danny Ryding .

Image:  NAPWHA President Scott Harlum presenting at 2023 AGM.

Guest Speakers 2023

We were treated to some interesting presentations by external guest speakers about HIV in PNG, older people with HIV, plans for a HIV related stigma complaints portal and organ transplantion for people living with HIV.

Rose Kunjip from Igat Hope spoke about HIV in PNG, including the importance of the peer counselling project and reflected on challenges such as loss to follow-up. She shared activities that NAPWHA and Igat Hope have recently collaborated on as well as outlining her desires for further collaboration in the near future.

Samantha Edmonds, Director of Policy and Systemic Advocacy for the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) talked about the current review of the Aged Care Act, the important role the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) plays and the welcome addition of NAPWHA to its membership. Of particular importance to the sector, is the proposal that NAPWHA submitted to the reform of the Aged Care Act –with the support of NACA—to expand the group of people eligible for aged care between the ages of 50 – 64 to include people living with HIV.

Carla Treloar from the University of New South Wales shared her plans to develop a HIV stigma complains portal, an exciting new initiative which she will be working with us on over the next year and beyond.

Craig Burnett from Living Positive Victoria and Dr David Griffin from the Alfred wrapped up the day with a very interesting presentation on solid organ transplantation for people living with HIV. This is of high relevance as there is rising demand for organ transplantation internationally.

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