Joanne Leamy - far left

A QUEENSLAND perspective will be brought to the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations table following the appointment of Joanne Leamy as its new secretary.

Leamy (pictured, far left), who is the current president of the Queensland AIDS Council (formerly the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities), was elected as AFAO’s new secretary following the annual general meeting of the federation held in Brisbane recently.

The nomination came following the departure of Rod Goodburn, another Queensland representative on the AFAO board.

AFAO president Willie Rowe said maintaining a connection to Queensland was vital.

“As a federation of national member organisations and state and territory AIDS councils, AFAO is keen to have representation on the board from people from around Australia, and if possible all states and territories,” he told the Star Observer.

“Joanne’s appointment means that the Queensland HIV community sector will continue to have a voice at the national level and she will contribute to all the issues that the AFAO board considers on a regular basis.”

Leamy became the first female president in the 28-year history of QuAC in December last year following years of engagement with the Cairns/Northern Region arm of the organisation.

Along with her experience, Leamy brings years of working as a registered nurse within sexual and reproductive health.

“Joanne brings a wealth of experience in the HIV/sexual health sector to the board… we look forward to her active participation in the national debate.” Rowe said.

The AFAO is the national federation for the HIV community response, comprising of several state and territory AIDS councils along with some affiliated organisations. It provides leadership, coordination and support to national policy, advocacy and health promotion response to HIV and AIDS.

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