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World AIDS Day

WAAC would like to invite you to join us for this years World AIDS Day celebrations on December 1, 2023.

World AIDS Day is held annually on December 1 to raise awareness around HIV/AIDS, and to help fight stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS.

This year, WAAC will be taking over Forrest Place for our annual Breakfast, and hosting community stalls where you can learn more about HIV and sexual health in 2023.

Most events are free, so if you are interested in attending, would like to host a stall, or want to know more about our grants available for regional and rural organisations in WA, please read more below and make sure to register your interest.

World AIDS Day - Remembrance Sundowner

Prior to the official World AIDS Day celebrations, we are hosting an evening sundowner on November 29 at Robertson Park to honour and pay our respect to those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS.

This is an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come since the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, remember those we have lost, and to look at just how far we have come.

Light refreshments will be provided, as well as some short speeches by members of the community and staff.

When: November 29, 6-7pm
Where: Robertson Park, AIDS memorial
RSVP: Please register your interest at the link here

World AIDS Day - Breakfast

Each year WAAC host our Breakfast for members of the community, people living with HIV, stakeholders and anyone who wishes to show their support, so please come and enjoy a fully catered breakfast, and listen to speeches given by Community Representative Angela Hellewell, Senator Dean Smith, Senator Louise Pratt, U.S. Consul General Siriana Nair, Hon. Peter Foster, and our new CEO Dr. Daniel Vujcich.

This is a free event, but please make sure to register below so we can cater to any dietary requirements.

When: December 1, 8-9am
Where: Forrest Place (near the cactus statue)
RSVP: Please register your interest at the link here.

World AIDS Day - Community Stalls

This year, WAAC will be taking over Forrest Place to acknowledge World AIDS Day and the important work that has been happening in the HIV sector and highlight the continuous progress towards virtual elimination. This is an opportunity to learn more about your local organisations, show your support, and get involved.

When: December 1, 8:30-11:30am
Where: Forrest Place (near the cactus statue)

If you are an organisation or community group who are interested in hosting a stall, please contact [email protected] for more information.

Western Australia Museum - AIDS Memorial Quilt

This World AIDS Day, the Western Australia Museum will be displaying the historically and culturally significant AIDS memorial quilt, a piece commemorating the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS and honouring those that have been lost to the epidemic. This piece will be on display from the 1st-3rd of December and will be free to view.

We highly encourage anyone who is able to come and view this piece of our shared history.

When: December 1-3
Where: Western Australia Museum (Boola Bardip)

Western Australia Museum - In Conversation

In Conversation’s latest instalment offers a thought-provoking exchange spanning generations, delving into the diverse life journeys of individuals living with HIV. In collaboration with WAAC, this event aligns with the exhibition of the WA AIDS Quilt and the Pride WA community showcase.

Join us for a compelling discussion shedding light on the distinctive narratives of those openly embracing their HIV-positive status and what this has meant historically and in today’s world.

In Conversation presents passionate and thought-provoking public dialogues that tackle big issues and difficult questions featuring diverse perspectives and experiences. Held monthly at the WA Museum Boola Bardip, in 2023 In Conversation will take different forms such as facilitated panel discussions, deep dive Q&As, performance lectures, screenings and more, covering a broad range of topics and ideas. For these monthly events, the Museum collaborates with a dynamic variety of presenting partners, co-curators and speakers, with additional special events featuring throughout the year. Join us as we explore big concepts of challenging and contended natures, led by some of WA’s most brilliant minds.

When: December 2, 2-4pm (2pm doors open, 2:30pm conversation starts)
Where: Western Australia Museum (Boola Bardip)
Tickets and Information: please see the link here.

World AIDS Day - Rural Grants

WAAC are facilitating small community grants to assist the delivery of projects and/or events that align with the WAD theme. The grant program aims to provide financial assistance of up to $1000 to regional organisations, to support the WA community to address sexual health and blood-borne virus issues through community engagement and collaborative partnerships. Health Promotion Officers, Public and Community Health Nurses, Aboriginal Health Workers and other relevant personnel in regional and remote WA are encouraged to apply.

Please note, grants cannot be used for internal salaries and wages. Grants can be used for prizes, venue hire and acquiring guest speakers, experts, or outsourced contractors relevant to the project, as well as a percentage of the catering. Previous grant recipients have used the funding to provide safer sex information to community, host community events and develop resources. Projects targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait youth will be highly considered. Projects in the Kimberly, Goldfields and Pilbara regions will also be highly considered.

If you would like to apply for a grant, please fill out the form found here and return to Karina Reeves, Coordinator – Education Services at WAAC at [email protected].


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