Matt Ranford

Matt Ranford

Children are exposed to pornography at a young age, thanks to the internet, social media and smartphones. 

The negative effects of this exposure is amplified without education and discussion. But is it appropriate to watch and dissect pornography in the classroom?

Heather Brunskell-Evans examines this issue over at The Conversation

To learn more about the WA AIDS Council's education programs, please click here



Monday, 14 December 2015 07:21

2015; A Year in Review

2015 was a momentous year for the WA AIDS Council. The year marked the 30th anniversary of incorporation, an occasion marked with a series of events in September and October. Among many achievements, 2015 saw new training opportunites for aged care facilities, record support for STYLEAID, and the introduction of Love Game, a brand of events designed by and for the Perth African Community. 

Here, we take a look at an exciting and busy year for the Council, using another major achievement for 2015 - this website!

WA AIDS Acknowledges 30 Years WA AIDS Council 30th Anniversary

In September, WA AIDS Council marked the 20th year of incorporation with two major events for staff, stakeholders and community. The first of these events took place at Parliament House, and was hosted by Health Minister, Dr Kim Hames. 
After a stunning welcome to country from Kart Koort Wiern - Ingrid Cumming, Council stakeholders, former and current staff, volunteers and guests heard from Minister Hames, CEO Andrew Burry, Prof John Cordery, Provost & Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Curtin University, and Dr Graham Brown, Senior Research Fellow, La Trobe University. Performances from String Musicians AustraliaAli Bodycoat and Jay Weston also entertained the audience on a beautiful spring night.

Following on from the formal event, a community event was hosted at the Western Australian Ballet, and included special 30th Anniversary awards, for individuals and organisations who have played a significant role in the response to HIV/AIDS over the past 3 decades. 

30th_Ann_CommunityNewly appointed Chairperson Sam Hastings opened proceedings as host for the day followed by a Welcome to Country by Daniel Garlett of the Dadajaal Dance Company. Paul Baines spoke as a NAPWHA representative followed by a captivating performance by the Gay & Lesbian Singers of WA (GALSWA). After the awards ceemony,  Crystal Chandelier took the floor as the final performer with DJ Baxter playing tunes until the end.

It was a wonderful occasion, and a superb tribute to the hard work of staff, volunteers and friends of the AIDS Council over 30 years. 


Aged Care Facilities Upskill for HIV

Thanks to advances in treatment, HIV positive people are living long, full lives, on par with the average life span of the general population. As HIV positive people age, new challenges arise in relation to aged care. Never before have aged care facilities been tasked with catering for people with this infection and may require some additional information to overcome any preconceived ideas they may have. In 2015, WA AIDS Council created a training program to assist these facilities in caring for positive people, in a respectful, appropriate and non-discriminatory manner. A number of facilities have already completed the training, with more to follow in 2016. For more information about this program, please click here.



In 2015, STYLEAID, presented by Curtin University, returned to the swinging 60's with a retro-styled event attended by over 700 people at Crown Perth. Guest were treated to Go Go Dancers, exquisite food and beverages, and a runway show featuring the likes of Ae'lkemi, Zhivago, Monster Alphabets, and Zomp Creative Design winner, I Love Mr Mittens. STYLEAID was supported by a photographic exhibition and an auction during the event, that raised more money than any other in STYLEAID's 18 year history as Perth's premier fashion fundraiser. 


Holding the Man Holding_the_man

In August, the Council hosted the Perth premiere of Holding The Man, the film adaptation of Tim Conigrave's seminal memoir of the same name. The star of the film, Ryan Corr, attended the film and answered questions from the audience after the screening. The sellout crowd gave a standing ovation for the young actor, clearly impressive with the film and his performance.  


Leavers_2015Leaver's Sign Off with a K.I.S.S

In November, staff and volunteers attended School Leavers celebrations at Rottnest and Dunsborough, providing young people with information & resources around sexual health, alcohol & other drug use. The teams provided record numbers of materials to a record number of school leavers and were all around super stars! The program continues to build on previous years and has become an institution for keeper school leavers safe. 


WAAIDSQuizLet's Get Quizzical!

In June, the WA AIDS Quiz Night made a welcome return, with over 300 people rocking the Yokine Bowls Club in their finest 80's gear. Hosted by Mark Reid and Tash Brockwell, the night was full of laughs, prizes, some serious quizzing - and big hair! Guests shared in over $10,000 worth of donated prizes, and a great time was had by all. The date for the 2016 #WAAIDSQuiz is booked and already selling, click here for more. 


Celebrating 25 years of Pride - Pride ParadePride Parade 2015 WA AIDS 27

Cue shiny mirror balls, silver balloons, white and neon fabrics. Lit by black light, this year the Council created a literally glowing float for the parade
which embraced a ‘Silver City’ theme. See for yourself here. Congratulations to Pride WA on their 25th Anniversary!


World AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS DayItsNotOver FilmScreening Dec1 5 Volunteer

2015 marked the biggest week of events in the lead up to World AIDS Day in the Council’s history. Social events were held specifically for the PLHIV community throughout the week including a morning tea and a networking event at a city bar. Nic Holas hosted a community forum to discuss all things PrEP with the gay men in Perth which provided great insights. In conjunction with World AIDS Awareness Week, Love Game held a red carpet event to celebrate the work of community members in raising awareness of HIV.On World AIDS Day, MAC Cosmetics hosted their annual Good Spirits makeup workshop for HIV positive people. This years attendance of makeup artists and clients was the most experienced to date.

On the evening of World AIDS Day, we did something different to previous years and premiered the film “It’s Not Over” in the heart of Perth City, at the Northbridge Piazza. Over 100 people attended, and a team of enthusiastic volunteers handed out plenty of red ribbons and merchandise to attendees and passers by. For the full wrap up and photos click here.


Friday, 11 December 2015 03:34

Top 10 HIV Clinical Developments of 2015

As we near the end of 2015, Dr David Alain Wohl from, looks at his top stories in HIV prevention and treatment for 2015.

Read the full article here.


Wednesday, 09 December 2015 05:17

PEP Brochure

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 00:40

Are You LGBTIQ & Have 5 Minutes to Spare?

Living Proud would love to hear about your experiences with local groups in the community.

Please complete their survey at:

This survey forms part of Living Proud's Group Inclusivity Project. The aim of this survey is to asses community perceptions about, and experiences with, local LGBTI community groups; based on their inclusivity.

This survey shall possibly form a basis for support strategies in the future. Living Proud aim to create a suite of resources to offer LGBTI groups. These resources will support longevity of service. All questions are optional. You can change your mind about participating at any time and opt out of the survey if you want to. You will not be asked any identifying questions and your persoanl information will not be given to anyone. If you would like further information about the survey please follow the link ( or contact or 08 9420 7202. 

If this survey has risen any questions or issues for you, please contact the LGBTI peer counselling service QLife between the 3-12pm 7days a week, 365 days a year.

Phone line: 1800 184 527

Web chat:

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 08:41

Call for National PrEP Access

NAPWHA calls on federal government to implement national access to HIV prevention drug

The national peak organisation for people with HIV, the National Association of People With HIV Australia (NAPWHA) calls on the federal government to urgently implement national access to a prevention drug for people at high risk of acquiring HIV.

Called Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, research has shown that HIV-negative partners of HIV-positive people who take the pill Truvada daily can reduce their risk of picking up HIV to virtually nil. 

At a World AIDS Day event in Canberra on December 1, Health Minister the Hon Sussan Ley MP made encouraging comments regarding PrEP access incentives announced by state health departments, including the EPIC trial in New South Wales and new prescribing guidelines in Victoria. 

“HIV is a national issue,” said Cipri Martinez, President of NAPWHA. “And NAPWHA is strongly advocating for PrEP to be made available Australia-wide. 

"While its manufacturer Gilead has placed an application to the Therapeutic Goods Administration for approval, it will be at least mid-next year before there is a response.”

Without a PBS listing, people must pay up to $13,500 per year to access the drug for this purpose.

NAPWHA calls for national leadership to enable all Australians at risk of HIV to have equal access to PrEP until the PBS listing is finalised.

Read the full media release here.



As we all know, the red ribbon signifies support for HIV/AIDS. Nowadays, there is a ribbon for every cause.

But... how did the original idea of a ribbon to symbolise a cause come about?

Read or listen to the fascinating backstory of how the concept was born here.
A podcast by Roman Mars of 99% Invisible via Slate.

Photo credits:
Ted Eytan/Flickr
Visual AIDS

Friday, 27 November 2015 01:28

Six Voices - Creative Writing Project

Six Voices is a creative writing project, featuring stories from people in WA, living with HIV.

These powerful, honest accounts describe how it feels to live with HIV. Click the images below to read more.

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Thursday, 26 November 2015 06:42

On the Fast Track to End AIDS by 2030

GENEVA, 24 November 2015—Ahead of World AIDS Day 2015, UNAIDS has released a new report showing that countries are getting on the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. By adapting to a changing global environment and maximizing innovations, countries are seeing greater efficiencies and better results.

Read the full media release here

Thursday, 26 November 2015 04:03

The Joy of Sex in Later Life

"Research has confirmed what older people have long known but haven’t traditionally talked about – age typically doesn’t eliminate or diminish the need and desire for sex."

It might be sometimes awkward to talk about, but with more people over 50 remaining sexually active, it's a conversation we need to have. 

Sex in later live has many health benefits - burning fat, strengthening bones and boosting the immune system - it carries risks too. Lower recorded rates of condom use have led to a surge in STI infections amongst this age group.

The full article appears at The Conversation.

For information on WA AIDS Council's training programs for aged care facilities, click here

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