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The AFAO Board

The AFAO Board is elected by the AFAO membership. It is responsible for the governance of AFAO and oversees the organisation's activities.
Board Meeting Dates


Friday 24 February - Sydney

Friday 24 March - Online

Friday 28 April - Online

Friday 26 May - Sydney

Friday 23 June - Online

Friday 28 July - Online

Friday 25 August - Online

Friday 22 September - Online

Friday 27 October - Online

Friday 24 November - Sydney

Friday 15 December - Sydney


Click on Board member names to see their profiles.

Bridget Haire - President

Andrew Burry - Vice President

Joanne Leamy

Kim Gates

Chris Gough - The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)

Neville Fazulla - Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance (ANA)

Mish Pony - Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Worker Association

David Menadue - National Association of People With HIV Australia (NAPWHA)

Karen Price

* Co-opted members are people who have special interest or knowledge relevant to AFAO, who are appointed to the Board for a term expiring at the subsequent Annual General Meeting.

AFAO is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and is a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct.

The code requires members to meet high standards of corporate governance, public accountability and financial management.

More information about the ACFID Code of Conduct can be obtained from ACFID's website.





Bridget Haire


Bridget HaireBridget Haire is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia where she studies ethical aspects of infectious diseases. Her research includes PrEP, HIV criminalisation and neglected tropical diseases. She has a strong commitment to the community sector and has worked in HIV and sexual and reproductive health in a range of different roles for more than 20 years.

Bridget is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections, the NSW Assessment Panel for the Management of People with HIV Who Risk Infecting Others and is the Global Emerging Pathogens consortium. She is a former consultant for the Australia-China Human Rights Technical Co-operation Program on sexual and reproductive health rights for the Australian Human Rights Commission.

She has a Masters of Bioethics (Hons) and a Doctorate on standards of care in HIV prevention research.



Andrew Burry

Vice President

Andrew BurryAndrew is the Chief Executive Officer of the WA AIDS Council. Between 2007 and 2012 he was General Manager of the AIDS Action Council of the ACT. Prior to that, he spent two years as a fundraiser with the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre.

Andrew’s prior professional background in commerce includes the biotechnology, finance and advertising sectors. He has tertiary qualifications in marketing and finance. Andrew lectured marketing students for two years at Monash University, whilst also working as a volunteer announcer and current affairs presenter with JOY FM 94.9.

Andrew has been involved with the ALSO Foundation and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was a foundation member of the Board of the National LGBTI Health Alliance.



Joanne Leamy

Joanne LeamyJoanne has served on the Board of Queensland AIDS Council since 2008 and became President in late 2012.

Joanne is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years nursing and research experience in the fields of sexual health, HIV and hepatitis C. She holds an MA (Nursing) and has held sessional teaching positions at James Cook University, Griffith University and taught at University of Queensland HIV Courses. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Joanne has a teenage son and has undertaken various volunteering activities in her LGBTI community.



Kim Gates

Kim GatesKim has been employed with NTAHC since November 2012. Kim was initially employed as the Deputy Director and was promoted to Executive Director in March 2014.

She holds a Degree of Master of Indigenous Health and has over 15 years' experience working in the areas of blood borne viruses, justice, Indigenous health and drug and alcohol in the non-government sector and the Commonwealth and Territory governments.

Kim has extensive governance experience, and is passionate about improving health outcomes for Territorians, particularly Aboriginal people.



Chris Gough

The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)

Chris GoughChris Gough is a strong advocate of harm reduction and firmly believes in consumer guided and driven programs.

Classically educated as an entomologist, he transitioned to social health, working first in crisis accommodation and then entering the field of drug and alcohol and blood borne virus (HIV, hepatitis C, hepatitis B) prevention. This involved development and implementation of community development projects including front line needle and syringe program (NSP) outreach, peer education projects and policy work with the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA).

Chris is currently Manager of Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA), and also works as a Health Education Officer at Sydney’s Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC), Uniting (formerly Unitingcare).

He sits on the Board of The AIVL (ex officio), The NSW User’s and AIDS Association (NUAA), The ACT Tobacco Alcohol and Other Drug Association (ATODA) and is a member of the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD).



Neville Fazulla

Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance (ANA)

Neville Fazulla

Neville is the current Chair of the Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance. He is also Chair of PATSIN (Positive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network) and the Co-chair of the NATSIHAW (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness week) committee.

Neville is of both Aboriginal (Western Arrernte and Yawarrawarrka) and Afghani descent. He has been actively involved for many years in social justice, human rights and the response to HIV in Australia and internationally within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and the non-Aboriginal community.

Neville has have worked in both leadership and peer education roles in the HIV response and was involved in the establishment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Project Officers in AIDS Councils within Australia.



Mish Pony

Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Worker Association

Mish PonyMish Pony has been involved in the sex worker rights movement and LGBTIQ health for a number of years, starting as a queer officer at the University of Sydney and a facilitator of ACON's Fun & Esteem project.

Mish was the Trans Sex Worker Representative for Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association 2009-2010, and 2011-2013, and International Spokesperson in 2010-2011.

They are currently the Administration Officer for Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association; and are a collective member of Camp Out Inc, an organisation that puts on an annual camp of LGBTIQ teenagers.

Mish has facilitated numerous workshops on trans*, queer and sex worker issues, as well as presenting at conferences around Australia.

Mish also runs a trans woman zine distro in their spare time and is part of a collective establishing a queer, women-focused land project in the Hunter Valley.



David Menadue

National Association of People With HIV Australia (NAPWHA)

David MenadueDavid has served in range of governance roles with HIV sector organisations in Victoria and nationally.

These include being Vice-President and Board Member of Victorian AIDS Council for numerous terms since 1989, former President and Board Member of People living with HIV/AIDS Victoria (now Living Positive Victoria), Board member of AFAO and former President and current Board Member of NAPWHA.

David is a former school teacher, retired since the nineties after several AIDS-defining illnesses. He has a particular interest in the service and policy needs of people living with HIV as they age.

He was awarded an Order of Australia in 1995 and is the author of an autobiography Positive.



Karen Price

Karen-Price_72_DPIKaren Price has more than 18 years’ experience working at senior levels in  the health sector in federal and state government roles, as well as senior positions
in the tertiary education and not-for-profit sectors.

Karen has led and managed  significant pieces of policy and programmatic work across HIV,  mental health, ageing and aged care, and drug and alcohol
sectors. Karen is an investigator on a number of research grants,
and has a strong focus on strategic partnerships.

Currently, Karen is Deputy CEO at ACON – NSW’s leading community-based HIV prevention and LGBTI health organisation.   




This page was published on 12 January, 2011

This page was reviewed on 15 March 2016