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World AIDS Day 2022


December 1, 2022
9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Innovation and Education Hub Lecture Theatre
75 Commercial Road
Melbourne, 3004 Australia

Women continue to bear a huge burden of HIV-related stigma and assumptions about HIV risk, which may affect access to testing, treatment and care, and psychosocial wellbeing.

Women also experience HIV differently from men, with unique problems such as gynaecological health issues, increased risk of cervical cancer, treatment side effects & drug interactions, and ageing related issues.

In Australia rates of new HIV diagnosis are not declining in women.

This year’s World AIDS Day focuses on the issues facing women living with HIV and how we as a community respond to women’s needs in a considered manner.


Please note that due to construction works on St Kilda Road, trams are currently replaced by buses and will affect travel times to this event. For more information please go to the PTV website.


Morning Session 9am – 12pm

World AIDS Day Community Launch hosted by Living Positive Victoria

9.00am: Coffee & Tea

9:30 am Welcome and Official Launch of World AIDS Day 2022 by Craig A Brennan – President, Living Positive Victoria

9:50 am Video presentation: Poetry from Positive Women Victoria

9.55 am Opening address by Dr Todd Fernando, The Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities

10:10 am Presentation by Bernadette Roberts, Positive Women Victoria: Women & HIV: A lived experience

10:30 am Morning Tea provided by the Victorian Department of Health

11:00 am Community Forum hosted by Burnet Institute: Women in HIV Research

Moderator: Kirsty Machon, Positive Women Victoria

Lindi Masson, Burnet Institute
Anna Hearps, Burnet Institute
Jillian Lau, Doherty Institute
Liz Crock, Bolton Clark
Heather Ellis, Positive Women Victoria
Sushena Krishnaswamy, Monash Health

12:00 pm Lunch provided by ViiV Healthcare

Afternoon Session 1-6pm : Women and HIV

mHIVE World AIDS Day Symposium 2022 hosted by Burnet Institute in conjunction with mHIVE network

Download the mHIVE World AIDS Day 2022 Abstract Booklet


1.00pm Welcome Address by Professor Gilda Tachedjian, Burnet Institute

1.10pm Keynote Presentation by Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, Desmond Tutu Health Foundation, University of Cape Town

2.10pm Clinical and Social Perspectives by Associate Professor Edwina Wright, Burnet Institute and Dr Kirsty Machon, Positive Women Victoria

3.10pm Poster session and afternoon tea

3.45pm Community Perspectives – Living well with HIV

Panel discussion chaired by Professor Jenny Hoy, Burnet Institute  and community members Bernadette, Julie, and Deodata

4.30pm  Oral Abstracts – Young Investigators

5.30pm Coffee and tea break

5.45pm Presentation of Young Investigator Awards: The ViiV Healthcare AIDS Scholarship ($5,000) and The Gilead mHIVE Early Career Researcher Poster Prizes ($250)

5.50pm Official Closing by Professor Sharon Lewin, Doherty Institute

6.00pm Event closes

Register here to attend the morning, afternoon or both sessions

or join us on the day via ZOOM




Living Positive Victoria has been a leading voice in the community response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Victoria for more than 30 years.

As the nature of the HIV epidemic has changed, so too has the needs of our members and our need to continue to respond to a range of issues affecting the health and wellbeing people living with HIV.

Living Positive Victoria works to provide programs and services for people living with HIV that go towards improved health education and awareness, individual and collective resilience raising, capacity building, community connectivity and peer to peer support.

With a one-off donation or regular recurring donations, your support will make a difference to the quality of life of people living with HIV and help us address the mental and physical health barriers that alter the ability of people living with HIV to live the best life they can.

Living Positive Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land where we work and live. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.