The Kirby Institute and its Director Scientia Professor David Cooper were delighted to receive the prestigious President’s Award at the 2017 ACON Honour Awards.
Now in its 11th year, the Honour Awards is an annual event which celebrates outstanding service to, and achievements within, NSW’s LGBTI community. The Awards is also a gala fundraising event for LGBTI charities Aurora and ACON, NSW’s leading HIV prevention, HIV support and LGBTI health organisation.
Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic in Australia, ACON and the Kirby Institute have worked in close partnership in the fight against HIV, through extremely dark periods for the LGBTI community.
“It is truly remarkable that now, just over 30 years since HIV first devastated the community, our two organisations are working together to legitimately end HIV transmission in NSW by 2020”, says Professor Cooper.
The award was presented at the Honour Awards gala event held at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney on Wednesday 27 September, and was accepted by Professor Andrew Grulich on behalf of Professor Cooper and the Kirby Institute. “We are driven by the principle that access to good health is a human right; that every human being deserves equal access to good health. I am so pleased to be here tonight, to celebrate equality, diversity, and all the people that go above and beyond to make our community healthier, more inclusive, and stronger”, he said on the night.