Launch Of The Michael Kirby Centre For Public Health And Human Rights

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Media Release and Photo Opportunity

Event: Launch of the Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human

Rights, hosted by the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre


Where: The Positive Living Centre, the former ‘Braille Library’, 51

Commercial Road, Prahran, Melbourne

When: Sunday, 29th August 201 3pm sharp 


The official launch of the Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and

Human Rights. 

An estimated 200 guests and dignitaries will celebrate, as Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint

United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) officially launches the Michael Kirby Centre for

Public Health and Human Rights.  Guest of Honour, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, and political satirist

and comedian Bryan Dawe will be in attendance.

Mike Kennedy, VAC/GMHC Executive Director  said: ‘’It is with great honour and pride that we host the

launch of the Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights, at our Positive Living Centre. We

are certain that a number of our most vulnerable clients, living with HIV and AIDS, will benefit from the

outstanding work that will be undertaken through this new initiative.”

The Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights is a collaboration of interdisciplinary

scholars in Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. The Centre is named after

the former Justice of the High Court of Australia, renowned human rights expert, advocate and defender who

will maintain an active involvement in its work and future direction. 

The Centre comprises lawyers, ethicists, medical practitioners, scientists and others who undertake research

that critically examines the contribution of human rights and law to the realisation of good health,

particularly amongst vulnerable communities in Australia and throughout the world.

This exciting launch event will feature Bryan Dawe as MC, and a number of inspirational guest speakers


Associate Professor Bebe Loff, Director of the Michael Kirby Centre for Human Rights, and a Senior

Research Fellow of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.  Associate Professor Loff   has worked in

various capacities for local legal services, the Victorian government and a number of United Nations agencies

including the World Health Organization, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and


Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations. Since

his appointment in January 2009, Mr Sidibé has committed UNAIDS to supporting countries to achieve

universal access to HIV treatment and prevention through policy and programmes that are grounded in

human rights.

The Hon Michael Kirby, Australia’s longest serving judge. From 1996 until 2009 Michael Kirby was one of

the seven Justices of Australia's highest constitutional and appellate court, the High Court of Australia. He

has served in many international and United Nations positions. He is highly respected in Australia and

internationally, as an advocate of human rights, including for women, young people and sexual minorities.


Monash University:  Michael Williams, Researcher, (03) 99030998, 

VAC/GMHC: Mike Kennedy, Executive Director, 0419-725-235, mike 


Official High Court of Australia

Portrait. Photograph (c) Ian Provest.

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