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Vale Alan Brotherton: 9 July 1963 - 12 June 2015

Alan Brotherton

The Boards and staff of ACON and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) mourn the passing of Alan Brotherton, one of Australia’s leading HIV, LGBTI health and social justice advocates.

Through his dedicated service over more than 30 years, Alan made a significant contribution to improving the lives of LGBTI people and people affected by HIV here in Australia and throughout the world. 

In response to the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s, Alan was instrumental in helping establish organisations that gave voice to people affected by HIV, including People Living With HIV/AIDS NSW and Australia’s National Association of People Living With HIV/AIDS.

He then went on to work in leadership roles at ACON, the Victorian and South Australian AIDS Councils, AFAO and the NSW Ministry of Health. Alan also worked overseas for several years in senior positions for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the International AIDS Society before returning to ACON several years ago as Director of Policy, Strategy and Research.

His contribution to the health and wellbeing of people affected by HIV and LGBTI people – in particular lesbians and same sex attracted women – has been immeasurable. We have all benefitted from Alan’s uncompromising principles and integrity, his passion, his fierce intelligence and intellect, his wonderful sense of humour and his unique and illuminating view of the world.

For their loss, we extend our deepest sympathies to Alan’s partner Luke as well as Alan’s family and friends. Alan was a truly remarkable person and he will be greatly missed by us all at AFAO, as well as more broadly across the HIV and health sectors in Australia and internationally.

This is a joint statement on behalf of the Boards and staff of ACON and AFAO.

See also:

In Memorium: Michael Hurley's tribute to Alan in HIV Australia 

Statements from other organisations

International HIV/AIDS Alliance

MSM Global Forum 


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This page was published on 12 June, 2015