NAPWHA wishes to inform our organisational membership, partners and community/ies of the 2019 NAPWHA Board election results ahead of our Annual General Meeting in late-October.
Scott Harlum will take over from Cipriano Martinez as the new President. “It’s an exciting time to be NAPWHA President. With Sarah Feagan as Vice-President, an impressive team settled into our Newtown offices, and a diverse and experienced Board in place, I’m excited by what we might achieve. I’d also like to I acknowledge and thank the outgoing President Cipri for all of his hard work over many years.”
Chris Howard will replace Scott Harlum as NAPWHA’s new Treasurer-Secretary.
Danny Ryding has been re-elected to the position of Ordinary Director.
NAPWHA members and associates from all Australian States and Territories and New Zealand gathered for the annual general meeting in Sydney, on 26 October 2019, also co-jointly with AFAO members on 27 October 2019. Returning NAPWHA secretariat officer, Tim Leach, officially welcomed in the new NAPWHA board, including the appointment of Scott Harlum as President and Chris Howard as Secretary-Treasurer. The warmest of welcomes were extended to Sydney-based Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF), Papua New Guinea’s Igat Hope Inc., and Estrela+ of Timor-Leste, which were admitted as associate members. “The network of community-based organisations of people living with HIV which come together under the banner of NAPWHA membership are strengthened by the inclusion of our regional colleagues, and by BGF, which has been supporting people living with HIV since 1984,” stated NAPWHA President, Scott Harlum. “The AGM program featured NAPWHA’s work to benefit people with HIV, but also highlighted issues in immigration and the criminal law where positive people continue to be singled out, treated differently, discriminated against, and where we still have much work to do.” Find out below a summary of presentations forming the agenda of the AGM19:
Scott Harlum’s Treasurer’s Report on the year ending 30 June 2019 reporting, “NAPWHA has emerged reinvigorated from the difficulties of 2015/16 and is financially strong. Difficult decisions of the past have enabled a significant reinvestment in our human resources and the rapid re‐expansion of our organisation’s capacity.”
Hayden Patterson of the Australian Unemployed Workers Union presented on the issues with the Cashless Welfare Card system, highlighting, “As peer-to-peer advocates and supporters, it is important to understand, educate and empower the people we represent, who are often some of the most vulnerable within our communities facing many barriers and obstacles to fit into their communities, and even thrive.” Hayden added, “When this card is rolled out nationally to ALL income support recipients, it will mean so many more members of our communities making tough choices such as which medication to sacrifice or prioritise, or how many meals they might skip simply because they are unable to afford, or access this.”
Hina Bhimani from the Australian Digital Health Agency provided ‘My Health Record’ information and training, including a step-by-step guide to customising the access controls. Consumers can access online On Demand Training to ‘My Health Record’ in a consumer portal “Sandpit Environment” which simulates the look and functionality of a consumer’s view of the ‘My Health Record’ system for a fictitious patient, and replicates many of the functions with which consumers may interact. Find out more
Kathy Petoumenos from the Kirby Institute UNSW Sydney, spoke of PAWS (Prospective Ageing Well Study), a study aiming to recruit >4,000 older HIV+ and HIV- gay and bisexual men to explore and compare health and lifestyle patterns, and to have a better understanding of how they age.
Kirsty Machon (Positive Women Victoria) and Richard Keane (Living Positive Victoria) led a consultation with members on project aiming to develop a large-scale Australian national campaign to combat HIV stigma.
Developments in research – molecular epidemiology and viral genomics was a panel session led by Robert Mitchell (NAPWHA) alongside Tony Kelleher (Kirby Institute UNSW), Sharon Lewin (Doherty Institute) and Aaron Cogle (NAPWHA) about what is molecular epidemiology and viral genomics; and how can we benefit from it and mitigate its risks.
Nurse-led models of care was a panel session led by Katy Roy (NAPWHA) alongside Melinda Hassall (ASHM), Danielle Collins (Nurse Practitioner; Alfred Health), Donna Tilley (Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre) and Vaughan McLachlan (Practice Nurse at Gladstone Road Medical Centre). The opportunity for nurses to provide broader services for our communities supports peer-led work and provides an alternative to physician-dependent models of care. The session explored existing and future nurse-led models of care and the benefits they offer.