Phil Carswell

Phil Carswell OAM has been a life-long activist in education, the Union movement, the gay community and as a leader during the Australian AIDS epidemic. He was the first President of the Victorian AIDS Council and sat on all the major AIDS policy and funding national committees during the first 15 years of the epidemic. He has worked as a volunteer and a paid worker in the health field for most of his life and also as a recipient of significant health care having received a kidney transplant in August 2019. He has long been an advocate for the development of active partnerships in health, having had direct experience of such models during HIV/AIDS. He is now retired but still active in kidney health policy development, acting as a consumer representative on a number of hospital and HHS committees, such as the Clinical Senate as well as being the consumer representative on the Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee.

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