President

Peter Black

Peter Black is a senior lecturer in law at the Queensland University of Technology. He has an B.A./LL.B. (Hons I) from the University of Queensland and an LL.M. from Columbia University in New York. Peter also serves on the board of the Postgraduate Medical Education Council of Queensland, as well as the Inclusive Brisbane Board (an advisory board to the Brisbane City Council). He has previously been the Chair of Keep Queensland Beautiful and a board member of Keep Australia Beautiful. Peter is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Special Responsibilities:
President and Member of the Communications, Marketing and Fundraising Committee

Vice President

Bernard Gardiner

Bernard has a Masters in Health Promotion from the University of the Sunshine Coast, and is an Australian Postgraduate Award holder undertaking a PhD within the Living Positive in Queensland Study at the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. Over the last 30 years he has been involved in various aspects of the global response to HIV, including serving for 3 years as General Manager of the Victorian AIDS Council and Gay Men’s Health Centre. At the international level he worked throughout East and South-East Asia via Australian Red Cross, and for seven years was Global HIV Programme Manager of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies based in Geneva, Switzerland. From that position he also managed the UNAIDS Collaborating Centre on HIV-Related Stigma in partnership with the Global Network of PLHIV.

Special Responsibilities:
Member of the Clinical Governance Subcommittee

Secretary

Dale Symons

Dale has worked in the education sector for more than 30 years. After working in schools for many years, Dale has worked at a range of organisations in his capacity as educator and project officer including Family Planning Queensland, University of Queensland School of Medicine (HIV and HCV Education program), and Education Queensland central office in reviewing, designing and administering policy and state-wide program implementation. He now works for the federal government on a National Partnership initiative in consumer and financial literacy.
Dale’s qualifications include Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Education; Diploma of Teaching; Diploma of Community Education and Cert IV in Community Services Work.
In addition to his role as Brisbane member on the QuAC Board (6 years), Dale serves on the AIDS Trust of Australia Board and was formerly chair and general member of the Management Committee for Open Doors Youth Service. He began his association with QuAC as a volunteer in the mid-1990s.

Special Responsibilities:
Board Secretary and Member of the Communications, Marketing and Fundraising Committee 

Treasurer

Arron Hartnett

Senior legal officer with the Queensland Government’s Department of Justice and Attorney General. Primarily the role is developing strategic policy (operational policy, legislative instruments and legal advice) for the Queensland Government’s Justice portfolio. I have over four years post-admission experience as a lawyer and over 7 year’s experience in the justice administration sector.
I have a number of years of experience in developing strategic policy for Ministers, senior bureaucrats and judicial officers. I have experience in program management, project management and strategic risk management (developing strategic plans and audit plans/risk registers)
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Graduate Diploma Legal Practice, Master of Business (Professional Accounting)

Special Responsibilities:
Treasurer and Member of the Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee

Melissa Fox

Melissa is the Chief Executive Officer of Queensland’s peak health consumer organisation Health Consumers Queensland.  She has held governance positions in the film and television industry and health consumer organisations, for almost twenty years, including most recently a three year term on the board of Consumers Health Forum (Australia’s peak health consumer organisation).  Her current appointments include the Queensland Clinical Senate and Chair of the Partnering with Consumers committee for the Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care.   She is passionate about health and social services being co-designed with and for those they are intended.  As a bisexual mother of two, she is particularly keen to strengthen cross-sector collaboration and support meaningful co-design of health and social services for bisexual, queer and lesbian people, queer parents and parents with transgender/gender questioning children.

Emil Canita

Emil is an HIV-positive advocate, who is currently in his fourth year studying  Social Sciences in the University of Queensland (UQ). He’s also currently working as an HIV and STI testing facilitator at RAPID Clinic. Prior to this, he was the Queer Officer for the UQ Union in 2016, and the founder of UQ SHAG, the first peer-led, sexual health advocacy and health promotion group at UQ. As a new board member for QuAC, he’s particularly keen at putting the environment at the centre of tackling queer causes, and to use his lived experience to inform a positive-led response to eliminate the onward transmission of HIV, and to help address the health inequities that exist within it.