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Alischa has worked in the field of youth HIV and Sexual Health education since her early 20’s when she founded Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS, YEAH), a national health promotion organisation that has pioneered youth led sexual health initiatives in Australia since 2005.
Ali’s work focuses on innovative bold approaches that aim to engage young people to take control of their sexual health including through peer-to-peer education and access to quality, inclusive, youth friendly sexual health resources and referral pathways that support young people to navigate the physical, social and emotional aspects of sexual health.
Inspired by her personal connection to HIV that resulted in the loss of her mother, step father and sister, Ali’s work also focuses on helping new generations of young Australians get informed and connect to the ongoinglocal and global impacts of HIV.
Ali has taken on a range of project management roles at international and regional public health and leadership conferences, including helping to establish the inaugural youth program for the International AIDS Conference in 2004. In 2007 Alischa was nominated as a finalist for the Young Australian of the Year award in recognition of her work in the community sector and has attended two United Nations General Assembly Meetings on HIV & AIDS.
Alischa has contributed to policy work around the development of Australia’s current 2014 – 2017 National STI strategy. In 2011 she completed her Masters in Public Health and in 2014 was the Australian Co-Convener of the Youth Program for the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014). In February 2016 Alischa was appointed to the Federal Health Minister’s (Susan Ley’s) Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Diseases (MACBBVS) (Feb 2016)
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