Proposed action plan for HIV in Australia launched this week

Burnet Institute

15 October, 2012

The Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference brings together the world’s leading HIV researchers and clinicians and this year, will announce the Melbourne Declaration – an action plan for Australia’s response to HIV for the next three years.

Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) President and Burnet Institute researcher Dr Edwina Wright says there are 1000 new HIV diagnoses in Australia each year.

“We haven’t been able to improve that number for several years – so now is the time for us to be bold and innovative to try and reduce those infections – and that is what the Melbourne Declaration will hopefully do,” Dr Wright said.

“Researchers and clinicians in the Asia Pacific region look to Australia for guidance and leadership so we need to be at the forefront of the HIV fight.”

The Melbourne Declaration has four Action Areas:
- Substantially increase access to and uptake of voluntary HIV testing in Australia
- Enhance access to and uptake of antiretroviral treatment for HIV
- Make HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) available
- Strengthen the partnership response and enabling environment.

CLICK HERE for more information about the Melbourne Declaration.

A number of Burnet staff from the Centres for Virology, Population Health and International Health will present abstracts and posters at both ASHM and the International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections World Congress (IUSTI), which backs on to ASHM.

Nobel Laureate Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Mr Prasado Rao, the Special Envoy to the Secretary General of the United Nations on HIV/AIDS for the Asia/Pacific region and Dr Steve Deeks, Professor of Medicine at the University of California in San Francisco are among the key international speakers.

Stay tuned on Burnet Institute’s Twitter for regular updates from the conferences all this week.

Contact Details

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Associate Professor Edwina J Wright

Head, Wright Group




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