The work of Levinia Crooks, CEO of ASHM and one of Australia's leading HIV advocates, was recognised with a special accolade at the 2015 Honour Awards, NSW's annual celebration of outstanding achievements within or contributions to NSW's LGBTI* community.
A/Prof Crooks was honoured with the ACON President's Award in recognition of a lifetime dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people affected by HIV and AIDS.
Levinia has been a leader in Australia's response to HIV and AIDS for 25 years and has worked in a variety of professional and volunteer roles in both the community, clinical and research sectors.
Levinia has steered the work of ASHM for over 15 years, and has a longstanding senior involvement with HIV support agency the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, as well as significant contributions to several other HIV related organisations. These include the National Association of People Living With AIDS, the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations and ACON, NSW's leading HIV prevention, HIV support and LGBTI health organisation.
ACON President Mark Orr said Levinia Crooks was a worthy recipient of the special award. "Levinia Crook's contribution to our community has been truly exceptional and we're delighted that we can pay tribute to her service with this much deserved honour," Mr Orr says.
"Her work at local, national and international levels has been extraordinary not only in relation to HIV prevention but also with respect to the provision of treatment, support and advocacy for people living with, at risk of and affected by HIV and AIDS. Having improved the lives of tens of thousands of people here in Australia, she is a genuine hero and ACON is proud to be acknowledging her in this way."
The awards were presented on 30 September in Sydney at the Ivy Ballroom.
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