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WAAC Annual Report 2009 / 2010

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WAAC Annual Report 2008 / 2009

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WAAC Annual Report 2007 / 2008

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WAAC Annual Report 2006 / 2007

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WAAC Annual Report 2005 / 2006

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WAAC Annual Report 2004 / 2005

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WAAC Annual Report 2003 / 2004

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Timeline

2015

WA AIDS Turns 30


The WA AIDS Council celebrated 30 years of supporting the community with a number of events. A formal event was hosted at Parliament House on September 30, followed by a community event at the WA Ballet Centre 10 days later.

2014

Reconciliation Launched


In March, the Council completed and officially launched its Reconciliation Action Plan. It is our hope that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will connect with our services in a culturally secure manner and to strengthen our solid foundation of respect, relationships and opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and health organisations.
2014

WA Well Represented in Melbourne


A large contingent from the Western Australian Blood Borne Virus sector landed in Melbourne in July for the 20th International AIDS Conference. Staff from the WA AIDS Council designed, constructed and manned an exhibition in the Global Village, alongside staff from the WA Department of Health and partner organisations; while others attended the full conference program. The Council was also able to sponsor 6 members of the PLHIV community to travel and attend the conference.
2014

M Clinic Reaches Milestone


In 2014, M Clinic welcomed its 3,000 unique client through its doors, in just its 4th year of operation.
2014

Sex in Other Cities Receives a Makeover


The Sex in Other Cities brand was overhauled in the first half of 2014, with a new logo, style guide, advertising collateral, Facebook page and website. The new strategy for the brand is to focus less on STI’s and the risks apparent at various places around the world and more on fun, parties, festivals and popular city destinations. The website showcases a number of festivals from around the world and offers tips and suggestions to make the most of them. The aim is to provide travellers with the useful information they are already seeking, and then provide the safe sex message as a secondary consideration. The strategy is based on capturing the attention of those considering a trip to such a festival, and aims to reach them when Internet searches are conducted. Website traffic increased by 636% after the site was redesigned.
2013

Clinical Services takes SHAPE


Following a successful tender process, the Clinical Services team commenced delivering the SHAPE (Supporting Health and Personal Empowerment) program. This program is an outreach service for people living with HIV that face significant complex issues.
2013

A Plan for Reconciliation

The Council takes the first steps to establishing a Reconciliation Action Plan.
2012

M Clinic Expands


After its first, highly successful year of operation, M Clinic relocated to larger premises in West Perth. Testing was also conducted weekly at Perth Steamworks.
2011

NSEP Finds a Fixed Home

After years of negotiation, the Needle and Syringe Exchange program opens a fixed site premise in Fremantle. Service delivery to this important area immediately increases by 28.4% as client prefer the privacy of a fixed location over a mobile van.
2011

Fighting Homophobia in Schools

The Council sponsored Dr Tiffany Jones to complete her PhD which explored the correlation between the absence of defined anti-homophobic and transphobic bullying policies in schools and suicidal ideation and other mental health issues in young LGBTIQ people.
2011

ExSIGHT

In 2011, funding was obtained to undertake an arts-based project called ExSIGHT, culminating in a collection of original works created by young people at the Freedom Centre. Local artists Martin Wills and Peter Farmer hosted a series of art workshops for young people.
2010

M Clinic Opens


M Clinic, the first sexual health clinic of its kind in Australia, catering exclusively for gay and other men who have sex with men, opened in West Leederville. The peer-based model provides a safe peer/clinician co-lead environment for men to be tested for the full range os STIs.
2009

The Body of Knowledge Exhibition

The Council, in partnership with Positive Women Victoria, hosted the Body of Knowledge photographic exhibition during Sexual Health Week. The exhibition was aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination for people, particularly women, living with HIV.
2008

Safe Sex No Regrets Campaign


Between December 2007 and February 2008, WA people saw sexual health advertisements on television and in cinemas for the first time in over a decade. The campaign was originally conceived by NSW Health and featured a strong condom awareness and reinforcement message for heterosexual people aged less than 30 years and homosexually active men less than 45 years. It focussed on STIs, namely Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, syphilis and HIV. Gemma Crawford coordinated the implementation and the evaluation of the campaign and Nadine Toussaint created a website to complement the advertisements, resources and written materials. The evaluation showed there was TV high recall with a very high proportion stating that the campaign was believable. Other information gathered showed that there were differences regarding between people in relationships versus those not in relationships
2007

The National Australia Bank Volunteer Award

The WA AIDS Council volunteer program won the prestigious 2007 National Australia Bank Volunteer Award in the large organisation category in WA. This was in recognition for its innovative approach to recruitment and management of its volunteers such as recruiting volunteers through universities and other tertiary institutions.
2007

Sex in Other Cities Takes Flight


Social marketing via in-flight magazines (Tiger, Skippers, Air North and Skywest), brochures and posters at airports and a specially designed website (www.sexinothercities.com.au) presented key messages for people to take and use condoms when they are overseas and undertake HIV and STI testing done before and after travelling.
2007

Love Bug Tour


Tenille Wightman and Gail Jones participated in the Sexual Health Week ‘Love Bug Tour’ in collaboration with the Kimberly Aboriginal Medical Service, Pilbara Population Health and Midwest Gascoyne Population Health. Sponsored by Novartis, the purpose of the two week long Love Bug tour was to take the safe sex message to rural and remote communities in a fun, creative way, providing interactive education opportunities for local people and information and support for health professionals. Three VW ‘Love Bugs’ drove over 6000 kilometres from Perth to the Midwest and the Northwest to provide sexual health message. Aboriginal and non Aboriginal communities, schools and health services were targeted.
2007

First 5 Year Contract Signed

For the first time, the WA AIDS Council received a five year contract from the WA Department of Health to deliver core HIV/AIDS services. This has meant that the Council was able to undertake long term planning with an emphasis on providing comprehensive and integrated programs, setting appropriate goals and making adequate provision for monitoring and evaluation.
2006

First 21 Years Documented


The book BEING +: Reflections on Twenty One Years of the WA AIDS Council was launched by Dr Neale Fong, the Director General of Health in WA and Ian Rankin, the President of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations in November 2006. Funded by Lotterywest, written by Chloe Britton and sourced from archival material, interviews with key people and information garnered at a community forum, it serves as a social commentary on the enormous changes seen during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in WA.
2006

Life Coaching Pilot Project

The WA AIDS Council conducted a pilot Life Coaching project with the goal to assist HIV positive people to identify goals that would improve their quality of life and provide them with the skills to achieve those goals. Staff of the department received intensive training to become life coaches and each was matched with a HIV positive person with whom they had not had previous contact.
2006

Changes to the Epidemic

For the first time in the history of HIV in WA, heterosexual notifications rival homosexual notifications, led by a rise in women acquiring HIV in neighbouring high prevalence countries and the Aboriginal population.
2005

The WA AIDS Council’s 20th Anniversary

The theme ‘Until There’s a Cure - ‘Remembrance, Reflection and Celebration’ was chosen for the 20th Anniversary events which included a Film Festival held during the PRIDE month, a retrospective exhibition and a ‘Back to WAAC’ function for ex-staff and volunteers to catch up with current staff and volunteers. A written history of the WA AIDS Council was launched in 2006.
2005

CyberReach-ing a New Audience

For the first time, outreach was conducted online. CyberReach developed, trialled and evaluated the protocols and strategies for online peer-based internet outreach and health promotion to same - sex attracted young people and other men who have sex with men, present within the internet chat room setting.
2004

Rigour and Vigour Conference

The WA AIDS Council, in conjunction with the WA Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin University and AFAO presented “Rigour and Vigour – Directions in HIV Prevention” on November 27th 2004. Keynote speakers included Don Baxter from AFAO, David Wilson from the Centre of International Health (Curtin), Jeanne Ellard and Henrike Körner from the National Centre in HIV Social Research (UNSW) and Michael Hurley and Mark Saunders from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (LaTrobe). Local programs and activities were showcased and excellent links were forged with HIV/AIDS research counterparts in the eastern states.
2004

ATSI Advisory Committee

The WA AIDS Council established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee, chaired by Daniel McAullay, a member of the Board of Management. It had broad membership of people with expertise, skills and interest in Aboriginal sexual health and related issues and provided advice to the Board and Management regarding service delivery to Aboriginal people. The committee comprised of people from HDWA, Derbarl Yerrigan, Office of Aboriginal Health, Hepatitis Council, the Department of Justice, Department for Community Development, Edith Cowan University and the Education Department as well as the WAAC project officers. The commitee meetings provided an excellent opportunity for networking, discussing issues of mutual concern and advocating and lobbying.
2004

Same Sky Project Launches

Same Sky was a collaboration between the Freedom Centre, the WA AIDS Council, GLCS and P Flag to assist same sex attracted young people living in rural areas to develop their resilience and to build capacity within local communities to deal with the issues of same sax attraction. It was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. Jaye Edwards, the Same Sky project officer, was based in Bunbury but had close links with Albany. Although Bunbury, Albany, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie were the targeted towns for this intervention, a number of other areas sourced information and material. The Bunbury Freedom Centre opened and was attended by a number of young people. There were also a number of service providers in Geraldton with serious concerns about some of their young people and have indicated they would be in a position to support a Freedom Centre in Geraldton.
2003

HIV on the Rise Again

Towards the end of 2003, it became clear that WA was seeing an increase in the number of new diagnoses of HIV, particularly amongst men who have sex with men, following the trend in the east coast. Although not always possible to prove, it also appeared that some of these new diagnoses were new infections. This led to a concerted effort and campaign to revitalise the “condom culture” in WA and encourage people at risk to test for HIV and other STIs. This was enhanced by a collaboration with FPWA to open a men’s sexual health clinic to enhance the clinics operated by WAAC at Perth Steamworks and Beaufort 565.
2003

Crime Prevention Project:

Simon Yam undertook this project in collaboration with the WA Police Service, City of Bayswater and the City of Stirling with the goal of creating a supportive environment for men who use Beats. It aimed to enhance community amenity by preventing or reducing crime at Beats – through information and awareness-raising about consequences of using Beats and for crime perpetrated against men to be reported to the Police. In addition, it provided sexual diversity and sensitivity training to the Police, Local Government Rangers and security guards so that they were better equipped to deal with men using Beats. The WA AIDS Council to provided safe sex information to men choosing to use Beats and also provided referrals for men wishing to discuss any issues related to their Beat use or medical advice and information about alternative venues.
2002

FC Awarded

The Freedom Centre is awarded the group award in the Youth Citizenship Awards for 2002 and also receives a two year Commonwealth grant and a two year Lotteries Commission Grant to provide services and capacity building to same sex attracted youth.
2002

K.I.S.S. Supports Leavers with a Kiss

WAAC developed a targeted campaign fpr young people - K.I.S.S – Keep it Safe Summer - for “leavers” and attended end of year celebrations at Rottnest and the south-west, concerts such as the Big Day Out and orientation days. The outreach program was highly successful because it highlighted safety around sex, alcohol and drug use.
2001

HAPAN Created

A new advocacy group, HIV/AIDS Peer Advisory Network (HAPAN), was established and Positively Social provided opportunities for people living with HIV to get together in a social environment.
2001

Testing Spreads to SOP Venues

Health clinics offering testing, vaccinations, information and education are opened within sex-on-premises venues, staffed by sessional doctors and WAAC staff.
2000

The Indigenous Project Finds Gaps

The Indigenous Project, funded for one year only, has identified many needs for young gay, sistergirl and transgender indigenous people. WAAC advocated for funding to continue this work.
2000

Health Enhancement Team

The development of a team named the “Health Enhancement Team” comprising staff from Support services, Peer Education and the Women’s Project was developed to ameliorate the social isolation felt by positive people. This cross-department team redeveloped WAAC’s publications, organised a social program and promoted health enhancement activities such as the use of complementary therapies.
2000

New NSEP Resources

The Council purchased another mobile van for the Needle and Syringe Exchange Program, and the employment of additional staff increased the number of sites attended by the NSEP. This was made possible through an allocation of COAG funds.
1999

Here for Life

Importantly, 1999/2000 saw the fruition of three years of work resulting in the implementation of two quite diverse initiatives. Following on from the success of the 'Here for Life' Youth Sexuality Project, the needs of vulnerable young people with same sex attractions were acknowledged with the achievement of long term funding for a dedicated youth project.
1998

Working with Partners

A new Strategic Plan framework set the agenda for the work of the next three years – acknowledging and extending our work in HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Sexually Transmissible Infections and Mental Health. Environmental and health services change were a key priority of 1998/99. A number of successes occurred in our attempt to create supportive environments for health. The development and implementation of collaborative arrangements with the Hepatitis C Council of WA and the Ministry of Justice in the provision of education for incarcerated populations in WA was a great step forward. Our work is making a difference in the prison system – challenging and changing attitudes around harm minimisation, and beginning the process of long term change. Importantly, this year saw the development of a strong response to the needs of women living with HIV in WA. The work of the Council and our partners in the Government and non-Government sectors realised the beginning of a good process to engage with women living with HIV in metro and rural/remote areas.
1998

Love and Relationships

Being HIV positive has an impact on close relationships like no other disease. WAAC has tried to address the issues arising in different kinds of relationships by offering discussion groups for partners in positive/negative relationships, by assisting with a ‘personals’ page for readers of Positive Living WA and by offering counselling for couples and individuals.
1998

STYLEAID brings the Glamour


STYLEAID was introduced in 1998 and quickly established itself as Perth's premier fashion fundraiser. The first STYLEAID was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Hotel. Designers showcased included Morrissey, Ruth Tarvydas, Ray Costarella and Alex Perry.

1998

Incredible Generosity Creates Dilemma

WAAC received a bequest of $252,000 in February 1998 from the estates of two men, Mr Donald Browne and Mr Russell Watson. When the two men made their wills in August 1991, the number of homosexual men dying from AIDS in Western Australia was at its peak and the will specified the money be used for the provision of hospice facilities for homosexual men, including buying a building if necessary. By 1998 the number of men dying was dramatically lower and WAAC grappled with the issue of what was the best use for the money. WAAC finally got a Supreme Court order to change the use of the Bequest and is now committed to using the remainder of the money to implement a range of services for HIV+ homosexual men that aim to maintain health and well being.
1997

HIV and Rural Australia

WAAC used an Australian Federation of AIDS Organisation (AFAO) grant to survey country doctors and country people living with HIV/AIDS to discover their needs in 1997. Rural projects have included major centres such as Bunbury, Albany, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Indigenous communities around Western Australia. The key has been to keep people linked with peers, if not in the same town, then at least in a similar situation.
1996

From Palliative Care to Counselling

The nature of WAAC’s core work has changed significantly since the availability of anti-retroviral treatments and combination therapies. The focus of Positive Services has been emotional, financial and health support rather than the personal and physical help provided in the first decade of AIDS in WA.
1996

Science finds HAART

Highly Active Antiretroviral Treatments are discovered and successfully trialled. These combination therapy defends against resistance by suppressing HIV replication as much as possible, thus reducing the potential pool of spontaneous resistance mutations. This 3-drug therapy was quickly incorporated into clinical practice and rapidly showed impressive benefit with a 60% to 80% decline in rates of AIDS, death, and hospitalisation.
1994

Steps toward Freedom (Centre)


Freedom Centre started out in 1994 as a part of the “Other Voices” program in Gay Men’s Education at the WA AIDS Council (WAAC). It began to provide and ongoing social space for the young men that participated in the gay education courses. It was a space to provide the young men with social opportunities outside of the “scene”. Over time through the Youth Sexuality Project run by WAAC, the Freedom Centre became an all genders space and got its own premises and recurrent funding.
1993

Positive Women

By 1993 the Council was seeing increasing numbers of women contacting Support Services. Many of these women had children and their main worries were to do with finances while caring for their children. Lack of finances is often a major concern for HIV positive women with children. On an emotional and psychological level, parents needed to make provisions for the future care of children, looking to the long term health consequences of HIV. The Council began to reflect on changes needed to provide for HIV positive women and women with positive children.
1993

James House

"James House offered accommodation and support to those who felt lonely, isolated or in dire need of housing. Over the time of my involvement, many faces passed through those doors. I always remember the house being tidied up and given a face lift in an attempt to bring some pride into those that resided there. This was after the place was emptied out more than once with removalist trucks taking all the house hold items. Amid the frustration was also disbelief and much laughter. We finished up bolting the TV to the floor!" Marie-Elise Allen.
1993

Accomodation Becomes a Priority

In the early 1990s the focus for funding turned to providing accommodation and financial relief for people living with HIV and AIDS. Many people who had received an early diagnosis did not expect to live long, and spent savings without imagining that they might need to plan for the future. By 1993 the people of the Council began working towards their vision of providing supportive accommodation. Eventually WAAC was able to set up James House for a brief period.
1993

Drugs

Australian numbers of HIV transmission among people who inject drugs are significantly lower than those in the United States, a success for Australian AIDS councils. Western Australian strategies made a significant contribution to that success. Early strategies included peer education, which has proven to be the most effective way of encouraging safer behaviour when injecting drugs. Providing needle and syringe exchange has brought significant controversy to the Council, however the benefits to users and the general community, by controlling infection by this method of transmission, have been well worth the difficult moments.
1993

The Condom Message Hits Home


"With young guys in those days because they were just becoming sexually active so it was just like, “Well, now that I’m choosing to have sex, this is just something I need to do,” Mark Reid. The lesson about condoms certainly hit home for older gay men when they noticed the men missing from their community. The loss of lives in this community in the early eighties has been likened by some survivors to living through war – some talk about the Post Traumatic Stress associated with losing multiple friends.
1992

The Right To Privacy

The rights of HIV positive people to confidentiality were put on trial both in the court and in the media in 1992 when Howard Sattler prepared listeners for his announcement of the name of a particular Perth man who had allegedly infected Princess Jah. WAAC staff were alerted by a journalist who was seeking a comment on the story. Within twenty four hours WAAC had prevented the public radio announcement by law.
1992

A Woman's Perspective

"When I was diagnosed with HIV in 1986 I started doing volunteer work at WAAC. They had a support group then called Body Positive, which was run by a chaplain and Penny Lipscombe, a clinical psychologist... I was pretty much the only woman in the group. There were pros and cons to that. For instance when WAAC sent two people to the first National AIDS Conference in Hobart – I was guaranteed the women’s spot but if I brought up the issue of vaginal thrush at the group – the men would all say ‘What’s a vagina?'", Diane.
1992

Violence and the Blood Rule

HIV led to the creation of the Blood Rule in all sports. The significant impact of the Blood Rule was that rather than demanding HIV testing and excluding HIV positive people form sports, people adjusted to the idea that anyone might be HIV positive and appear healthy and athletic. When the question of violent contact and HIV transmission came up, it was a major concern for prisons. In Western Australia HIV positive prisoners were held in a segregated area in a maximum security prison, regardless of the seriousness of their offence. Prison guards, aware of potential issues with sex, rape, violence and drugs in prisons, sought training on risk management. WAAC has provided prison outreach to HIV positive people and training to prison staff since the early 1990s.
1992

Positive Women Step Forward


From the outset the majority of people who were HIV positive were men. As increasing numbers of positive women became involved with the Council there was a need for specific support to assist these women as most of the medical information that doctors were working with was focussed on men.
1991

F***erware Parties Push the Boundaries


Whilst it was more difficult to take creative risks with providing safe sex messages in public, private parties were another story. WAAC promoted ‘fuckerware’ parties in which sexual health educators would present safe sex information and products to small groups of friends.
1990

Death and Loss

The final experiences of some people who had died as a result of the virus were not acknowledged by shamed and shell-shocked families and friends. Some families welcomed volunteers and members of the Council, others made it clear they would not be welcome. Some funerals included cryptic eulogies referring to cancers or other diseases. After some negotiation with health authorities, families were able to ensure that AIDS was not written as the cause of death.
1990

Too Sexy to be Educational


"Readers of the West Australian choked on their morning muesli on 5th of October [1991] when they stared at a full page advertisement of two naked men embracing..." Debate raged about the appropriateness of safe sex advertising, and meanwhile WAAC campaigns continued to push boundaries, sometimes unsuccessfully. The explicit safe sex imagery of the first safe sex summer campaign raised the ire of anti-pornography wowsers who were eventually successful in having the brochure censored.
1990

Outreaching the Hard-to-Reach


WAAC’s gay men’s health workers have had to come up with innovative ways of providing information and support about sexual identities and safe sex. WAAC opened a bisexual men’s phone line and in the first two days took over fifty calls. [In 1990] the beat outreach workers would speak with more than 1000 men.
1990

Critics

Despite the benefits of the public speaking programme it was not without its critics. When in 1990 HIV positive speaker Luke Coomey spoke to high school students in North Albany Senior High School a scandalised parent withdrew her son from the school.
1989

Government Funding Arrives Just in Time

In these early days, as the Council existed off fundraised money from the gay community, AIDS education for gay men had more than its measure of cheeky controversy. 1986 saw the Council begin receiving government funding for the first time and there were seventeen people with AIDS in Western Australia. It was a significant relief when in 1989 WAAC received much enhanced funding with the development of the first National HIV AIDS Strategy. The new funding would provide for the growing burden of increased HIV/AIDS diagnoses of the 1990s.
1988

Remembrance


By 1988, 29 people were living with AIDS in WA and a further 31 had died. Death, remembrance, grief and loss became more salient themes for those affected by HIV. Perth participated in its first International Candlelight Vigil which in subsequent years emerged as a potent community ritual to publicly acknowledge the impact of AIDS. "We started the Candlelight Vigils in the gardens of St Mary’s Cathedral outside Royal Perth Hospital so the people who were in Ward 10 could sit on the balcony and see. The third year it had become so big that we couldn’t have it in the grounds so we met there and we walked down to Forrest Place. For two or three years we filled the whole of Forrest Place with people", Mark Reid.
1988

Fundraising


The gay community got behind the AIDS crisis, using their existing social networks to provide fun occasions with a cover charge which went straight to WAAC. The community held Rainbow Parties, BlockAIDS Black Dance Parties, World AIDS Day events and even "The Ita Buttrose Gala Dinner Bash”
1988

Sex on Site


WA AIDS Council worked closely with sex-on-premises venues to provide information and safe sex materials. "The initial response of the authorities in San Francisco and New York was to close down the bath-houses and saunas where it was felt that uncontrollable orgies would take place... and that these places were seen as a kind of breeding ground for the AIDS virus. Authorities in Australia, to give them credit, realised that the saunas in fact provided a marvellous opportunity for safe sex education. The AIDS Council has provided condoms to that sex on site venue since 1988..."
1987

Education

With AIDS infecting sexually active young people across Australia, there was immediate debate and discussion about sex education in schools. The WA AIDS Council offered education services to schools, the most popular of which were the personal perspectives of HIV positive people. The positive perspectives talks were key to explaining the truth about risk and transmission, and provided religious schools with a compromise in terms of covering the major issues regarding AIDS and adhering to religious principles.
1987

Early Treatments

Treatments for HIV were not available until 1987. When American authorities found that the drug azidothymidine (AZT) worked to combat the virus itself, trials began around the world. Doses of this drug were experimental at the start and serious side effects resulted.
1987

Early Treatments


Some HIV positive people chose not to go on treatments after seeing the impact of early treatment regimes on their HIV positive friends. The difficult aspect of trialling new drugs was balancing the impact on the immune system of medicines which caused side effects which then required more drugs to treat.
1986

Peer Support

The Perth Body Positive Group began early in 1986. The group was set up and facilitated by local people with HIV and AIDS. The main areas this group would focus on were stress management, health maintenance, treatment options, grief and loss. Future groups and programmes focussed on similar issues and maintained a peer focus.
1986

First Steps

In the space of three years the gay community in Perth was transformed. Moral debate, medical confusion and public panic defined the early years of the virus. As the WA AIDS Council grew, new challenges of funding, legal problems and community disintegration loomed. With changes to school policies AIDS fostered a generation of sexually informed and empowered young people of the eighties. "The advent of AIDS may turn out to be the most significant event of our lifetime", Stuart Craigen.
1986

First Steps

AIDS Helpline took six thousand calls about ear piercing, toilet sharing and mosquitoes in its first two days, reflecting the hysteria and confusion of the times.
1986

First Steps


In these times before the internet, the need for information was paramount. The first responsibility of WAAC to Western Australians was to find, create and update the information that would answer all the common questions. Many people were too afraid to ask doctors about HIV/AIDS, and so many people in the early ‘risk groups’ depended on rumour and supposition. When the AIDS Helpline, later the AIDSline, was established Western Australians took the opportunity to ask every possible question.
1985

Inclusivity

One of the first ways WAAC tried to achieve inclusivity was to implement an organisational structure which provided for ‘community representatives'. These positions were left deliberately ambiguous with the notion that the communities affected by AIDS were bound to change over time. "In my opinion WAAC stood apart from other AIDS agencies in the rest of Australia because it kept a broad community base to the AIDS response. All the at-risk groups were represented not just the gay community. For instance Peter Jordan, a social worker and lecturer at WAIT represented people with haemophilia. The appointment of Michele Kosky reflected the Board’s desire for a more general community approach’, Maxine Drake.
1985

Community

The definition and redefinition of the HIV/AIDS affected community has been the focus of internal conflict over the years. The Council has always had inclusivity in mind. Revisiting issues of access and equity as one of their core principles, WAAC has tried many different ways of ensuring inclusivity. From the outset the council was committed to a broad agenda of community education and support. Penny Lipscombe and Charles Watson from the Health Department; David Lamb, Des Perry, Victor Francis and Tony Whelan from the gay community; and Peter Jordan from the haemophilia community were some of those who collaborated in the inclusiveness of the Council’s direction.
1985

WAAC is born


The WA AIDS Council (WAAC) was initially established in May 1985.After a series of public meetings called by CAMP, GAGs (Gay Activities Group) and other groups, the community decided that it was necessary to create an independent organisation to focus on AIDS – the WA AIDS Council. WAAC was initially staffed by three people and funded by GAGs.
1985

The Gay Community Responds


Western Australian gay community groups were quick to respond and eager to take responsibility both for preventing the spread of AIDS and presenting another side to the much discussed ‘gay culture’." There was a group in Perth called GAGS that decided this was a health problem that we really needed to address. basically they put their money into establishing the AIDS Council and did a lot of work with – well, what then happened, from my memory, is the AIDS Bureau was established through the Health Department and the AIDS Council was established", Mark Reid.
1984

Haemophilia

Thirty percent of haemophiliacs who received blood products through the blood supply between 1980 and 1984 received contaminated blood and acquired HIV. In the period of hysteria and homophobia surrounding the initial spread of the virus. Infected haemophiliacs were subjected to homophobia as the public identity of AIDS was so firmly attached to homosexuality. By the end of 1984 the virus leading to AIDS was identified, and modes of transmission, including the blood transfusions, were clarified. In Western Australia the Haemophilia Foundation worked closely with WAAC from its inception, with family members of haemophiliacs often becoming volunteers.
1984

Guilt and Blame

People across Perth and Western Australia, both within and outside the gay community, were shocked and moved by media presentations of the horrific images of early infection. The rising numbers of deaths, the powerlessness of medical professionals and soon the infection of heterosexual men, women and children involved all Australians in the crisis. "After watching TV one evening and hearing of the death of a young girl called Holly in Sydney, I became very passionate about doing something and becoming involved in HIV/AIDS support and education in the community", Marie Elise Allen.
1983

Ward 10 and the Medical Response 2

"In 1983 the first patient was flown home from America to die here. He went into Ward 10A and it was diabolical! He had elderly parents in their 80’s and we couldn’t tell them what was actually wrong with him. Administration were there all the time asking us if everything was alright and we had husbands ringing up to say they didn’t want their wives (the nurses) to work with AIDS patients. The nurses that would work with the patient were triple gowning up – putting on 3 of everything: gloves, gown and masks! It was bizarre", Jane Grieve, Nurse.
1983

Ward 10 and the Medical Response

In Western Australia people diagnosed with AIDS were segregated in Ward 10A of Royal Perth Hospital. The windows of the ward overlooked the Catholic Cathedral, St. Mary’s. Contact with AIDS patients was limited and with general confusion and lack of information about the disease nurses and doctors were often unable to help families understand the situation.
1983

Pioneers


In 1983, Des Perry, who would later become coordinator of the AIDS Council, distributed Australia’s first safe sex information to gay men in Connections nightclub.
1983

Seeking the Truth


The early years of the epidemic were characterised by fear, confusion and rumour. Reliable, up to date information was difficult to find. "No one actually suspected the magnitude of the epidemic that was in the making. However, evidence of the gathering storm was starting to arrive", Stuart Craigen. Worried members of the gay community who had seen television and magazine reports about ‘Gay Related Immune Deficiency’ (GRID) began to demand information.
1983

HIV Reaches Perth

Soon men were being admitted to hospitals in Perth. The first, whose diagnosis was still a mystery, arrived in Royal Perth Hospital in 1983. With no information, some disbelief and little discussion the virus made its way around the state. "We didn’t have a lot of information in those days. It was really new and very, you know, it was something we just didn’t have a lot of information about", Mark Reid.
1981

The Gay Plague


In 1981, when the epidemic was in its early stages, the illness was a medical mystery. No one knew the condition which would come to be known as AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Epidemiologists, specialists studying how diseases spread, theorised that this curious immune condition was contagious but were not yet able to determine how it might be transmitted. Some speculated about the ‘gay lifestyle’, promiscuity, party drugs and known sexually transmissible infections. 1981 was the year the world first became aware of what would later be known as AIDS. Sandwiched somewhere between dengue fever and measles, a medical report bleakly noted that five young gay men had strangely depleted immune systems.

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You may download, store in cache, display, print and copy a single copy or part of a single copy of information or material from this site only for your personal, non-commercial use and only in an unaltered form. Information or material from this site may be used for the purposes of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 and may only be reproduced as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 (a copy of the Act is available at ComLaw the legal information retrieval system owned by the Australian Attorney General's Department, at http://www.comlaw.gov.au/). Any permitted reproduction made must acknowledge the WA AIDS Council (WAAC) source of any selected passage, extract, diagram or other information or material reproduced. Any reproduction made of the information or material must include a copy of the original copyright and disclaimer notices as set out here.

Commercial and other use

You are not permitted to re-transmit, distribute or commercialise the information or material without full acknowledgement to the WA AIDS Council or by seeking prior written approval from WAAC. For written permission to use the information or material from this site, please contact the WA AIDS Council. You may not use this website to sell a product or service, or to increase traffic to your website for commercial reasons, such as advertising sales.

Linking to this site

You may link to this site. Permission is not granted to reproduce, frame or re-format the files, pages, images, information and materials from this site on any other site unless express written permission has been obtained from the WA AIDS Council.

Disclaimer Provision

This website is presented by WAAC for the purpose of disseminating health information. This website is not a substitute for independent professional advice. Nothing contained in this site is intended to be used as medical advice and it is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any sexually transmitted infection (STI), HIV or hepatitis A, B or C or mental health conditions, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes or as a substitute for your own health professional's advice. WAAC does not accept any liability for any illness, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information contained in this website.

Quality of information

WAAC makes every effort to ensure the quality of the information available on this website and updates the information regularly. Before relying on the information on this site, however, users should carefully evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes, and should obtain any appropriate professional advice relevant to their particular circumstances. WAAC cannot guarantee and assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, currency or completeness of the information.

Links to external websites

This website contains links to external websites. WAAC takes due care in selecting linked websites. It is the responsibility of the user to make their own decisions about the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of information contained in linked external websites.
Linkage to external websites should not be taken to be an endorsement or a recommendation of any third party products or services offered by virtue of any information, material or content linked from or to this site. Users of links provided by this site are responsible for being aware of which organisation is hosting the site they visit.
Views or recommendations provided in linked sites do not necessarily reflect those of WAAC.

Security

Every endeavour is made to ensure that this site is secure. However, users should be aware that the World Wide Web is an insecure public network that gives rise to a potential risk that a user's transactions are being viewed, intercepted or modified by third parties or that files which the user down loads may contain computer viruses or other defects.
WAAC accepts no liability for any interference with or damage to a user's computer system, software or data occurring in connection with this website. Users are encouraged to take appropriate and adequate precautions to ensure that whatever is selected from this site is free of viruses or other contamination that may interfere with or damage the user's computer system, software or data.

Privacy statement information

WAAC makes every effort to comply with the Information Privacy Principles (1 –3, and 10 and 11) contained within the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988 in the collection and privacy protection of its website users. A copy of the Act is available at ComLaw the legal information retrieval system owned by the Australian Attorney General's Department at http://www.comlaw.gov.au
If you have any privacy concerns, you should direct them to the Council: waac@waaids.com

Your email address

WAAC will only record your email address in the event that you send us a message by email or if you register requesting notifications. Registration for notifications may be made initially by email, postal mail or facsimile. Your email address will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it and will not be added to any mailing lists without your prior consent by way of a specific request in writing. We will not use or disclose your email address for any other purpose, without your prior written consent.

Cookies and clickstream data

WAAC uses a 'cookie' for maintaining contact with a user through a website session. A cookie is a small file supplied by WAAC and stored by the web browser software on your computer when you access WAAC’s website. (An explanation of cookies generally can be found at the site of the Australian Privacy Commissioner http://www.privacy.gov.au). The cookie enables WAAC to recognise you as an individual as you move from one page to another. This cookie will be immediately lost when you end your internet session and shut down your computer. Our copy of your information will be automatically deleted after you last used the system. This information is only used to help you use our website systems more efficiently, not to track your movements through the internet, or to record information about you. Any system on this website that records information about you will specifically ask your permission first.



WAAC makes a record of your visit and logs the following information for statistical purposes:



  • the user's server address
  • the user's top level domain name
  • the date and time of access to the site
  • pages accessed and documents down loaded
  • the previous site visited
  • the user’s screen resolution
  • the user’s operating system

 This information is analysed to show broken links in our website, traffic problems, and other site problems. We use this information to redesign for efficiency of use. No attempt will be made to identify anonymous users or their browsing activities unless legally compelled to do so, such as in the event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect the Internet Service Provider's log files.

Personal information

Information provided through the WAAC website will comply with Information Privacy Principles (see Glossary below), and particularly principles 1 to 3 and 10 and 11. Stated simply these principles are



Principle 1 - Collection of information must be lawful and fair



Principle 2 - Informing people why information is collected

Principle 3 - Ensuring personal information collected is of good quality and not too intrusive

Principle 10 - Limiting the use of personal information to the purposes for which it was collected

Principle 11 - Preventing the disclosure of personal information outside the agency.

Queries, concerns and further information



If you have any queries, concerns or require further information relating to privacy and WAAC’s websites, email the Council: waac@waaids.com

Glossary

Domain name: 
The code for the country or type of internet connection a user comes from, such as '.com' '.gov' '.au' '.uk'

Information Privacy Principles
: 11 principles established under section 14 of the Privacy Act 1988. The principles can be accessed at SCALEplus, the legal information retrieval system owned by the Australian Attorney General's Department (at http://scaleplus.law.gov.au). 



Internet Service Provider: 
A company or organisation that provides access to the internet for users. 



Law enforcement agency:
 An agency of the Commonwealth or a State or Territory such as the Australian Federal police, which exercises powers such as executing a warrant to seize documentation or goods or to search premises etc 


Notification
: Automatic advice of new or updated material available via WAAC, provided to a user who registers for this service.

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Privacy Policy

Last updated: 4th October 2017

WA AIDS Council ("us", "we", or "our") operates http://www.waaids.com (the "Site"). This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information we receive from users of the Site.

We use your Personal Information only for providing and improving the Site. By using the Site, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.

Information Collection And Use

While using our Site, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to your name ("Personal Information").

Log Data

Like many site operators, we collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Site ("Log Data").

This Log Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Site that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics.

In addition, we may use third party services such as Google Analytics that collect, monitor and analyze this. This information is used for our own purposes and will not be shared.

Communications

We may use your Personal Information to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information.

Cookies

Cookies are files with small amount of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a web site and stored on your computer's hard drive.

Like many sites, we use "cookies" to collect information. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Site.

Security

The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Changes To This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective as of 4th October 2017 and will remain in effect except with respect to any changes in its provisions in the future, which will be in effect immediately after being posted on this page.

We reserve the right to update or change our Privacy Policy at any time and you should check this Privacy Policy periodically. Your continued use of the Service after we post any modifications to the Privacy Policy on this page will constitute your acknowledgment of the modifications and your consent to abide and be bound by the modified Privacy Policy.

If we make any material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you either through the email address you have provided us, or by placing a prominent notice on our website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.

Our Mission

To minimise the impact and further transmission of HIV, other blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. To reduce social, legal and policy barriers which prevent access to health information and effective support and prevention services.