New VAC/GMHC CEO announced
Simon Ruth has been appointed as the new CEO of the Victorian AIDS Council / Gay Men’s Health Centre, (VAC/GMHC).
Ruth was the Director of Complex Services at Peninsula Health and was also a representative of Peninsula Health’s GLBTIQ Community Advisory Group which was awarded Outstanding Team Achievement Award in the Metropolitan Health Services category in the 2012 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards.
More recently he was Director of Services at VAC/GMHC, overseeing HIV Services including the PRONTO! rapid testing service in Collingwood.
VAC/GMHC President Greg Carter said that Ruth distinguished himself in a very competitive field of highly skilled and accomplished applicants.
“Simon has a great understanding of the potential of rapid testing, the expanded access to antiretroviral drugs for all people with HIV, and the ongoing needs of people living with HIV as they age with the virus,” Carter said.
President of Living Positive Victoria, Ian Muchamore said Ruth is commencing as CEO at a very exciting time for the Victorian HIV sector.
“Not just in terms of the International AIDS Society conference being held in July, but also at a time where we can see a pathway to the end of HIV transmissions altogether,” Muchamore said.
“Victoria’s community organisations have played a central and vital role in the response to HIV and continue to lead the way, working collaboratively with the Victorian government and the research community. We wish Simon all the best in this new role and look forward to continuing to work closely with Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre into the future.”