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And the 2016 WA NAPWHA Representatives are...

by Lisa Tomney, Clinical Services Manager PLHIV ComForum2016jpeg

Oh dear, it’s March already!

Hi everyone, with pleasure I introduce the 2016 National Association of People Living with HIV (NAPWHA) representatives for Western Australia, Paul Baines and Ryan Oliver.

I recently met with Paul and Ryan to consider and discuss collaborations and ways to work positively and constructively for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in WA. The WA Reps are looking forward to working with, and engaging with the diversity of PLHIV to encourage local commitment and passion, and a voice to the national peak body.

The first PLHIV Community Forum for 2016 will be held on Saturday 2nd April and is a great opportunity members of the PLHIV community to meet both Ryan and Paul. To RSVP email or phone Alli at the WA AIDS Council on 9482 0000. 

Meet Ryan
'It is an honour to be one of Western Australia's NAPWHA representatives for 2016...The battle to fight stigma in the community is one that is real and I believe begins with ourselves, PLHIV. Our solidarity as a community is our strength. I strongly believe in working together as a united body as we can not only stop the ever-growing stigma around this virus but we can also grow, not just as strong individuals but as a community...” Find out more about Ryan here.

Meet Paul
As one of the 2015 WA Community Representatives, the past year has been a busy and productive period resulting in various achievements. It has been a privilege to represent the WA community and I welcome the opportunity to continue to do so in 2016. Some of the issues that I feel need continued or further action include broader community engagement, development of a new model of representation for the WA community and auctioning the street appeal on World AIDS Day amongst other things...” Find out more about Paul here.

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