The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) has appointed Ian Rankin as its new president, and Willie Rowe as its new vice president.

AFAO executive officer Rob Lake said Rankin and Rowe had won their new positions from a strong field of Australian and international candidates.

“Securing Ian as AFAO president will be a real boon to our organisation’s work,” Lake said.

“Ian has been a prominent figure in the field for many years now and is, of course, no stranger to AFAO’s vital work, having previously served as president. He also comes with an impressive background in the government sector.”

Rankin is a former president of the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA) and was AFAO president from 2005 to 2007.

“Willie comes with a wealth of experience, having served as a member of the WA AIDS Council Board of Management for over 10 years, including three years as chairperson,” Lake said.

“AFAO can now continue to look to the future with confidence, having secured these excellent senior members for our board.”

Rankin succeeds Graham Brown as president, while Rowe takes over from Alison Edwards as vice president.

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