Victorian AIDS Action Committee

New US-related AIDS case in Melbourne

A case of AIDS has been confirmed by doctors at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s hospital. At the time of going to press it is believed that the announcement of an additional fourth case at Prince Henry’s is imminent.

October 19th,1983 1983, Outrage

Roper to meet on AIDS

The State Health Minister, Mr Roper, is likely soon to meet representatives of the Victorian AIDS action committee. The committee has criticised the Minister for failing to meet it.

October 4th,1983 1983, Herald (Melbourne)

Second Victorian has AIDS

A Victorian man is critically ill in St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome — AIDS. It is only the third life-threatening case of the disease to be diagnosed in an Australian, and appears to be closely, following the pattern that led to the death of a man in Prince Henry’s Hospital in July.

September 24th,1983 1983, The Age

AIDS News: Melbourne

The Victorian AIDS Action Committee (VAAC), which was formed at a public meeting of the Victorian gay community on 12 July, went public at a press conference on Sunday 7 August.

September 7th,1983 1983, Outrage

AIDS sets the clock back for homosexuals

There have been two definite cases of AIDS diagnosed in Australia — both contracted overseas — and one or two possible cases. Yet such is the fascination with the syndrome that it has become the new buzz-word in Australian society.

September 3rd,1983 The Age

Don’t blame lifestyles for AIDS

“AIDS is certainly an alarming medical challenge. But the correct way to defeat it is to mobilise the resources of the community to find its cause and develop a cure, not to indulge in useless finger-pointing,” writes Adam Carr in a letter to The Age.

August 15th,1983 1983, The Age

Gays form AIDS group

Melbourne’s homosexuals yesterday announced the formation of a special group to combat what it regards as ignorance and hysteria about acquired immune deficiency syndrome, AIDS.

August 8th,1983 1983, Courier-Mail, The Age

Victorian gays act on AIDS

The Victorian AIDS Action Committee (VAAC) was established at a public meeting in Melbourne on 12 July. Over seventy people attended the meeting at the Laird O’Cockpen Hotel, to which all gay groups in Victoria had been invited.

August 1st,1983 1983, Outrage

Women and AIDS

On Tuesday July 12 a public meeting was held in Melbourne to discuss organising around the AIDS issue. I was the only woman present at that meeting. In May I attended a public meeting at the Sydney Gay Community Centre to discuss similar issues, with particular emphasis on how to deal with the blood bank. There, too, I was the lone lesbian voice.

August 1st,1983 1983, Outrage

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