Charlie is a recent graduate of the PLDI and new to the community response to HIV, however in a short period of time he has picked up roles as a moderator for The Institute of Many and as a board member for Body Positive in New Zealand. In the time since deciding to go public on World AIDS Day 2014 he has been interviewed and shared his story on SameSame, Rise Up To HIV, Ending HIV, NZAF online, and New Idea magazine speaking out to combat stigma and misconceptions that surround HIV, struggling to reach undetectable, and regular sexual health testing. He has also been the face of the NZAF's "More than HIV" campaign and one of the faces for TIM's first ever campaign "The Wizards of Poz".

Jesse was the Peer Support & Communications Officer for Queensland Positive People (QPP) from 2013-2015. Jesse has represented people living with HIV at local, national and international levels. He was on the QPP Board of Directors from 2011-2013, and has been a speaker with the Queensland Positive Speakers Bureau (QPSB), for 5 years. Since joining the QPSB he has developed a passion for supporting PLHIV to share their stories of living with HIV - humanising HIV to combat stigma and discrimination. In his role as Peer Support & Communications Officer, he facilitated support groups and activities for PLHIV in Queensland, including the AWARE: Recently Diagnosed Workshops throughout the year. Jesse is a graduate of the first PLDI Australia workshop in August 2013.

Karl currently works as a Health Promotion Officer at ACON working with HIV Health Programs, the Sexually Adventurous Men’s Project and within the community rapid HIV testing service, a[Test]. Karl started as volunteer for Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City in 2008. Karl joined ACON in July of 2013 with a lead role in the delivery of the Genesis program, a workshop for gay men newly diagnosed with HIV. Karl has also had a key role in developing educational resources for people living with HIV, covering topics like HIV stigma and resilience, HIV Disclosure and is also a member of the treatment officer network. Karl attended PLDI in March 2015.

Nic is a writer/activist and co-founder of The Institute of Many (TIM), an international social umbrella for HIV positive people. As a writer focusing on living with HIV, the contemporary gay experience and sex-positivity, Nic has been published in Hello Mr. magazine,, Junkee, Gay News Network, Star Observer, Cosmopolitan and more. Nic has made countless appearances on national television, documentaries, radio and online discussing HIV and in December 2013 delivered the shared keynote at Sydney World AIDS Day. Nic is also a peer educator, an ENUF Ambassador, an ENDING HIV ambassador, and a facilitator for the Positive Leadership Development Institute. Nic is a graduate of the one of the first PLDI Australia workshops in August 2013.

Paula is an experienced and passionate educator who has worked as a teacher and trainer in variety of educational settings over the last twenty years. In addition to being a language teacher and scuba diving instructor, she has six years’ experience working in the HIV sector. In the US she trained and coordinated the volunteers for Project Inform’s National Treatment Information Hotline in San Francisco. She worked as a Peer Advocate for HIV+ youth and women in California and lobbied in Washington DC for HIV program funding. She was a trainer for the California State-wide Treatment Education Program and the Training Manager for the East Bay AIDS Education and Training Centre (AETC). In Australia she worked as a Senior Project Officer in the National Policy and Education Division of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine. She has presented and delivered training at numerous national and local conferences, workshops and retreats. She has also been engaged as a public speaker for various events and groups. Paula is a graduate of the PLDI Australia workshop in October 2014.

Richard has been living with HIV since 1990 and has over 20 years of involvement within the HIV/AIDS sector. As a member of the AIDS Ministerial Advisory Committee (1991-1993) Richard saw first-hand the early effects that HIV had on the Australian community. Richard has had a long history of grass roots community engagement for marginalised ‘at risk” key affected populations and has held positions such as AIDS and Injecting Drug Use Educator at The Prostitutes collective Of Victoria and as the Boys and Transgender Project Worker @ Rhed at Inner South Community Health Centre. His passion lies in contributing to the effectiveness and relevance of peer based education models and he is currently studying a Diploma in Community Services Work @ Melbourne Polytechnic, is a facilitator of the newly formed Re-wired 2.0 offering medium and long term support for men who have sex with men (MSM) looking to modify their use of Crystal methamphetamine with the Victorian AIDS Council. Richard is a graduate of the one of the first PLDI Australia workshops in August 2013.

Steve holds a Masters degree in Photography and Sociology from the University of London and is currently completing a Masters degree in Counselling at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. He works at the New Zealand AIDS Foundation as a Counsellor and is on the board of Body Positive New Zealand. Steve started his involvement by volunteering at the London lesbian and Gay Switchboard in 2012 and has experience as a facilitator at the Terrance Higgins Trust in London. Since being back in New Zealand he has facilitated peer support groups with Body Positive and developed the Snapshot Sessions which uses photography as a therapeutic tool to help HIV+ people come to terms with psychosocial issues surrounding their diagnosis.

Tawhanga identifies as a transgender digital and performance artist, and kaupapa Māori academic, currently in the final stages of the first Kaupapa Māori creative practice-based PhD, through the School of Māori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato. With a particular interest in ways that people are impacted upon by notions of power, and Tawhanga seeks out ways to transform in positive ways from traumatic experiences; where people feel empowered to be happy in their own skins. I theorise kaupapa Māori, transgender identites, sexuality, and the ways that raranga can shift negative mediations of these. Taewhanga is of Te Arawa descent with an iwi being – Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Wāhiao, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Whaoa, Ngāti Tarawhai and Ngāti Rangitihi, and has firm Waikato (Ngāti Amaru) and Ngāpuhi (Ngai Tawake) whakapapa. Tawhanga is based at Ohinemutu, Rotorua.

Vic is currently a Health Promotion Officer at Living Positive Victoria with a focus on PLHIV peer education. He has almost 20 years’ experience in the HIV sector working in health education at the Victorian AIDS Council and social research at the Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society. Vic currently coordinates and delivers a range of programs for people living with HIV (PLHIV) across Victoria including a smoking cessation Program (Quit Fresh Start), Generation Y Guys (a social and support group for young gay men with HIV) and Phoenix - a peer education program for gay men with a focus on disclosure, treatment considerations and maintaining good mental health for those newly diagnosed with HIV. . He is a highly skilled and experienced group facilitator as well as a trainer. Vic is one of the founding facilitators of PLDI Australia having participated in a workshop in 2013 in Canada, adapting the curriculum to the Australian context and cofacilitating the first three PLDI workshops in Australia.