Volunteers played a vital role during Australia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s. To name just a few of their diverse contributions, volunteers:
• answered telephone calls
• conducted community outreach
• cared for and nursed people
• offered administrative and business skills to AIDS organisations
• published newsletters
• served on Boards and as officials
They came from diverse backgrounds, including gay men and members of the lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, people living with HIV/AIDS, people living with Hepatitis C, people with haemophilia, intravenous drug users, sex workers, and members of the broader community. This project will consider their crucial contribution in detail. We are interested in the roles they played in HIV/AIDS organisations, the impact of this contribution on both individuals and HIV/AIDS organisations and the place of these volunteers in Australian history.