The Board

Asanka Gunasekera

Asanka Gunasekera

Chairperson

Asanka is a legal practitioner who was admitted to practice in 2009.  Asanka practices as a Barrister at Francis Burt Chambers and specializes in all aspects of personal injury law. Asanka is also Secretary of the WA Bar Association (Inc) and serves on its Diversity Sub-Committee.  Asanka is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia and sits on its Personal Injury & Workers' Compensation sub-committee. 

Asanka has been a sessional lecturer in Occupational Health and Safety (Industrial Relations) at Curtin University. Asanka has been a past WAAC volunteer and has served on its Board since September 2013 in the capacities of Community Representative, Secretary and Vice Chairperson.

 



Emma Jarvis

Emma Jarvis

Vice Chairperson

Emma is an Executive Manager at Hope Community Services. Emma is experienced with clinical and organisational development, culture change, leadership development, dispute solution, risk management, governance and mentoring. Emma has over 17 years experience in the non government, government and corporate sectors.

Emma is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has a Masters in Applied Social Studies, a Post-Graduate Diploma and a Post Qualifying Award in Social Work, a Bachelors with Hons in Theology, and a Certificate IV in Coaching - with specialist streams in executive and workplace coaching. Emma is a registered as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the AASW.  Emma has been appointed to the Examining Chaplin's Committee by the Anglican Archbishop of Perth for a 3 year term - 2015-2018.

Suzanne Hillier

Suzanne Hillier

Treasurer

Suzanne is a legal practitioner who practices as a government lawyer. Suzanne provides advice on contract and commercial issues, compliance, audit and risk, human resources, investigations, occupational health and safety and environmental management.  She has previously managed the Legal and Legislative Services Directorate at the Western Australian Department of Health. Suzanne is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Suzanne is committed to making a difference in the not-for-profit sector. She is also Secretary and Board Director for HeartKids WA which provides support for families affected by childhood heart disease.

She joined the in-house and government lawyers advocacy organisation, the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (now Association of Corporate Counsel Australia) as a Committee member in 2003 and has held positions as Treasurer, Vice President and President of the WA Committee and National President and Chair of the Board.

 

Joanne Shaw

Joanne Shaw

Community Representative

Joanne is a Registered Nurse with post graduate qualifications in critical care, haematology, consumer and community engagement and has a Masters of Nursing leadership and management. Joanne is the Executive Director Rural at Darling Downs Health, in this position she is responsible for  twelve (12) acute hospitals,  three (3) multipurpose health services,  six (6) residential aged care facilities and five (5) outpatient clinics. The services provided by these facilities include emergency medicine, midwifery and obstetrics, surgical services, aged care, sub-acute care, palliative care, community health and indigenous health.

Joanne has previously held leadership roles including, most recently, Director of Nursing Integrated Health Services and Nursing Director of Community and Primary Health Care at North West Hospital Health Service in remote Queensland. These roles encompassed oversight of numerous remote hospitals, departments and specialities including Sexual Health Service, Women’s Health Service and Indigenous Primary Health Care. Joanne was a member of the North Queensland Sexually Transmissible Infection Action Plan 2016-2021 implementation group.

Joanne has extensive knowledge with strategic and operational leadership of tertiary, rural and remote hospitals to ultimately provide first class, safe, sustainable and family centred care.  Joanne is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has publications in the British Journal of Haematology and is a member of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and the Australian College of Nursing.

Dr Ian Woolley

Dr Ian Woolley

Community Representative

Dr Woolley is an Infectious Diseases physician who has been working almost entirely in the HIV sphere since 1993. He trained in Melbourne and Cleveland, Ohio before returning to Australia in 2000. He holds an MD, FRACP and Diploma of Tropical Medicine as well as an undergraduate medical degree and has NGO experience working on short term projects in several countries in Asia and Africa. 

He is currently Deputy Director of Infectious Diseases and Director of HIV Medicine at Monash Health in Melbourne which involves clinical education and research work.





Dr Matthew Skinner

Dr Matthew Skinner

Community Representative

Matthew is a general and infectious diseases physician working in Perth. He trained in Melbourne, obtaining his undergraduate degree in 1996. Travel and volunteer work in Africa prior to 2000 sparked an interest in infectious diseases, especially HIV. Training was undertaken in Melbourne, before completing his fellowship in Perth in 2008. He returned to WA in 2012 to take up his current post at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

He keeps an active interest in HIV, working with research staff at Murdoch University, and providing clinical care in an outpatient setting there. He has an active interest in teaching and education, and looks forward to making a contribution to WAAC.

 



David Kernohan

David Kernohan

Chief Executive Officer

David joined the Council in September 2017 from the Mental Health Law Centre, where he had been CEO for over two years. He has extensive experience in the not for profit sector, with a strong background in mental health, and brings a diverse community based perspective with him.

Katie Darby

Katie Darby

Staff Representative

Katie is the Project Lead for WAAC’s Inclusive Education WA program which works with schools to ensure that they are safe and inclusive of same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.

Katie first joined WAAC in October 2014 as a volunteer with the Freedom Centre before taking on a number of different roles within the organisations, largely in the LGBTIQA+ space where her passion lies.

Katie has a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and a Master of Sexology degree and also works as a Opening Closest facilitator with Living Proud.

Conrad Liveris

Conrad Liveris

Community Representative 

Conrad Liveris is a corporate adviser working with leaders and organisations to improve their performance and impact.

Working primarily on projects relating to management, workplaces and external risks, he is held in high regard by the Australian business community for his independent, straight-forward advisory and consulting services. He has specialist knowledge on flexible working, inclusion, performance analysis and community engagement.

Prior to starting his own advisory practice, Conrad held management and operational roles in government and the private sector, including managing teams across states.

Practical and analytical, Conrad quickly goes to the heart of the problem to seek solutions.

The ABC has credited him as “one of Australia’s leading employment and workplace experts”, he writes on management and workplaces for The Australian newspaper and is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society (London). He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Certificate in Governance And Risk Management and a Master of Commerce, and was provided a scholarship for leadership education delivered at the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

 

Justin Clarke

Justin Clarke

Community Representative 

Justin is an Executive Manager of Finance and Performance for Outcare LTD, a large not for profit organisation based in Perth. Justin brings extensive Not for Profit experience from both the UK and WA.

Along with his current role at Outcare, Justin has also worked for the largest mental health charity in the UK, and Activ Foundation Inc. in Western Australia. 

Justin has an MA in Business Economics and Marketing, with Psychology (joint Hons) and is an associte of the Chartered Insitute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). 

Justin is also studying for Master in Business Administration at the University of Western Australia. 

 

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.

WA AIDS Council would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of this country throughout Australia, and their strength, resilience and connection to land and community. In particular, the WA AIDS Council would like to acknowledge the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation as the traditional custodians of the land in which our office is located.

 

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