QuAC appoints Michael Scott as new executive director
The Queensland AIDS Council has appointed a new executive director following the resignation of John Mikelsons.
Michael Scott (pictured) will take over from from Mikelsons, who is moving to Sydney for personal reasons.
Mikelsons took on the role in September 2013.
Currently director of Sexual Health, Scott has worked at QuAC for four years and has previously acted as executive director for both QuAC and the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council for extended periods, and been manager of QuAC’s 2 Spirits Indigenous HIV/STI/BBV prevention program.
He will take on the role immediately following a short handover period.
Scott told QP the main challenge for QuAC is to continue to engage the community and involve it in the response to HIV/AIDS and mental health.
Asked about QuAC’s relationship with the Queensland Health Department, which currently does not fund the organisation, Scott was optimistic.
“We do now have a seventh National Strategy for HIV and part of that is specifically to work with infected communities; and those communities are gay men and men who have sex with men,” he said.
“We do a lot of the work with those men in Queensland, so we expect that the Health Minister would be in touch with us.”
Scott said QuAC is looking to expand its HIV Testing Point service to five days a week, adding that it was operating currently at capacity. He will continue to manage 2Spirits and the Men2Men project as well.
QuAC president Joanne Leamy said Scott’s appointment was the right one for the organisation at this time.
“Michael is a strong leader and an outstanding person to lead QuAC,” Leamy said. “His experience and leadership in HIV prevention and care and LGBTI health promotion, both here and interstate, make him an excellent choice for this important position.”
Leamy thanked John Mikelsons for all of his hard work and effort this past year. “We are very sad to see John go, but are so appreciative of everything he has done. He has led our organisation exceedingly well, reorienting it and rebuilding it after a difficult period, and has placed it on a strong financial footing that will ensure that we are well equipped to meet the challenges of the future.”
Mikelsons said he loved the job and “wrestled hard with the decision”.
“While I would have loved to see through some of the great work we are doing, I recently started a new relationship with a fantastic guy who lives in Sydney, and so have decided to head south,” he said.
“I want to thank everyone involved with QuAC who have made this job both fun and fulfilling, and wish Michael and the team all the best for the future.”
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