World AIDS Day + Victorian Community Launch

Burnet Institute is a partner and proud supporter of the Victorian World AIDS Day 2019 Community Launch and Community Forum, and mHIVE Symposium, to be co-hosted this year by Living Positive Victoria, and The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, on Friday 29 November.

This is a free event, but registration is essential. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


  • Launched by The Honourable Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Health.
  • Keynote speaker: Professor Sharon Lewin AO, Director of the Doherty Institute
  • Living Positive Victoria speakers: Stefan Joksic and Heather Magawgwa


  • U and me can stop HIV: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders HIV and sexual health Join our special panel featuring: Peter Waples-Crowe, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peer engagement officer at Thorne Harbour Health; Robbie, activist and health educator; and Bev Greet OAM, HIV activist & Aboriginal elder.
  • Moderated by Professor Margaret Hellard AM, Burnet Institute, Deputy Director.


Commemorated on 1 December each year, World AIDS Day raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS, and it’s a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to honour and acknowledge people who have died.

Ending the HIV epidemic as a public health threat is now a real possibility.

However globally, an estimated 36.7 million people are living with HIV, with 46 percent on life-saving antiretroviral treatment, according to the World Health Organization.

In Australia, more than 26,400 people are living with HIV and according to annual HIV surveillance data more than 10 per cent are unaware of their HIV-positive status.

HIV is a major focus of research at Burnet.

Find out how you can support our life-saving HIV research.

Date & Time

Friday, 29 November, 2019
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM AEDT


Doherty Institute
792 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne 3000

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Contact Details

For more information about this event, please contact:

Professor Mark A Stoové

Head, Public Health; Head, HIV Prevention Group; Co-Head, Justice Health Group