AFAO is deeply saddened by the death of Andrew Burry, a giant of Australia’s community-led HIV response.
As chief executive officer of the Western Australian AIDS Council, Andrew served with distinction and purpose.
Andrew’s powerful, robust advocacy was informed by an unshakeable conviction that community-led responses matter. His leadership, and the AIDS Council’s standing, were recognised recently by the WA Government, which has announced that the Western Australian PrEP trial will be largely managed through WAAC’s M Clinic.
As a senior and respected member of Australia’s community-led HIV response, Andrew Burry served on AFAO’s board for six years, most recently as Vice President and, prior to that, as Treasurer. His insights and experience have contributed greatly to AFAO’s mission.
Andrew previously worked with the AIDS Action Council of the ACT and the Victorian AIDS Council. He also served on the WA Advisory Council on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexual Health, Health Partnership Council and the Infections and Immunology Health Network Executive Advisory Group.
Andrew’s working life was devoted to improving the health of others and fighting stigma and discrimination. Our thoughts are with his partner, children, family and friends, and with the Board and staff of the WA AIDS Council. He will be sorely missed.