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Queensland Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg

HIV /AIDS Awareness Gets New Focus

Victor P Taffa

The State Government’s determination to reverse spiralling HIV diagnoses rates in Queensland moved up a notch today with the State Government opening nominations to sit on the special Ministerial Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS.

Minister for Health, Lawrence Springborg, last week expressed alarm that HIV diagnosis rates in Queensland had doubled over the last ten years and announced the creation of a special advisory committee to immediately review of all HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention strategies and give advice on how better to invest health advocacy funds in the area.

Mr. Springborg today invited Queenslanders with an interest or expertise in HIV/AIDS to submit applications by Friday 8 June.

“The committee would provide independent advice to me on HIV prevention and awareness in Queensland. It will also be responsible for advising me on how best to allocate the HIV/AIDS budget to future to minimise HIV transmission.” Mr. Springborg said.

Mr. Springborg said HIV diagnosis rates had doubled in the past decade from 2.7 per 100,000 population in 2001, to 5.4 in 2010.

“This is the highest number of people diagnosed with HIV infection in Queensland since figures became available in 1984.” Mr. Springborg said.

Members nominated to sit on the advisory committee will be tasked with providing advice and representing the issues of specific target populations, other stakeholder groups or an expert area including:

  • People living with HIV;
  • Gay men and men who engage in high risk behaviours;
  • Public health practitioners with experience in HIV prevention;
  • HIV treatment physicians;
  • Nurses working in HIV services;
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds affected by or at risk of HIV;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • Sex workers;
  • People who use injection drugs
  • Health promotion practitioners with experience in HIV prevention;
  • Epidemiologists with experience in HIV;
  • Service providers providing health care for people living with HIV.

This is an honorary position, with no remuneration, which will be guided by a Chair nominated by the Minister for Health. Members will be nominated for a three-year term, commencing 1 July 2012.

For more information or to obtain an application kit contact Queensland Health Communicable Diseases Branch 07 3328 9754.

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