The Univeristy of Melbourne The Royal Melbourne Hopspital

A joint venture between The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital


15 Nov 2023

World AIDS Day

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01 Dec 2023
9.00am - 5.00pm

Doherty Institute Auditorium, 792 Elizabeth Street

You are invited to join us from 9am on Friday 1st December for World AIDS Day 2023 to acknowledge that people living with HIV are not forgotten and that we continue in our efforts toward the prevention of HIV, the removal of barriers to testing & treatment and access to services without judgement and stigma.




Join us at 9.30am to hear from LPV President Craig A Brennan who will be joined by The Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas MLA, Victorian Minister for Health, Minister for Health Infrastructure, and Minister for Medical Research.

Panel Discussion: Why Inclusion Matters  10 – 10.30am
Following the opening address we present two members of LPV’s Positive Speakers Bureau who will reflect on the issue of inclusion of PLHIV in a panel style discussion on  the topic ‘why inclusion matters’. Our speakers will talk about the value of inclusion of PLHIV in making decisions about research, health care, access in central to equitable outcomes and a better understanding of the work researchers, health providers and other offer.

HIV Science as Art display with presentation  10.30 – 11am
Over morning tea, hear artist Daniel Cordner present an exhibition themed ‘HIV Science as Art’.

Community Forum: Equity for all  11am- 12pm
Our Community Forum this year, ‘Equity for all’  will be moderated by  LPV Peer Support Manager, Sara Graham, joined by panelists Valentina, Daniel, Vicky, and Liz.

Gilead Young Emerging Scientists (YES) Fellowship Announcement 12 – 1pm
Over lunch, hear the announcement of the recipient of the 2024 Gilead Young Emerging Scientists (YES) Fellowship, to be presented by the current Fellow, Hailey Cheng.



Clinical Perspectives  1 – 2pm
Join us after lunch for Keynote Speaker Prof Jonathan Li (Director of the Harvard/Brigham Virology Specialty Laboratory, Director of the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research Clinical Core).

Social Perspectives 2 – 2.30pm
Hear Dr Dean Murphy (ARCSHS at La Trobe University) speak on the topic ‘Inclusion in a time of undetectability’.

Community Perspectives  2.30 – 3.15pm
Hear our community panel discussion on the topic of ‘What respect looks like for PLHIV’, moderated by LPV Community Development Officer, Beau Newham, with panelists: Eric, Deodata, and Adam.

Book Launch 3.15 – 3.45pm
Over afternoon tea, we launch the recently published book Beyond & Behind The Faces of HIV and AIDS. Join a conversation with three Australian contributing writers and HIV advocates, Susan Paxton, Stevie Lee Walsh and Heather Ellis. Beyond and Behind the Faces of HIV and AIDS is a compilation of 35 deeply personal stories by people living with HIV from around the world.

Oral Abstracts 3.45 – 4.45pm
Hear four selected oral abstracts

Awards Presentation and Closing Speakers 4.45 – 5pm
ACH4-mHIVE present  the 2023 World AIDS Day awards presentation with speakers Prof Tony Cunningham and Prof Thomas Tu.