Peer Support Projects Officer
Tobin has over thirty years’ experience in the HIV community sector in health promotion, peer outreach, community engagement, facilitation, advocacy and research. He has a background as a peer educator in adolescent and sexual health, developing, producing and hosting health promotion-based performances, workshops and HIV/STI health education forums for a range of audiences including LGBTQI communities, healthcare professionals, non-governmental organisations, media outlets, universities, and local government.
As Positive Life’s Peer Support Projects Officer based in the Northern Rivers, Tobin is responsible for facilitating community engagement and capacity building with the community of people living with HIV in the Northern NSW and the mid-North Coast. His role is to offer support, information and advocacy on HIV service provision to and for people living with and affected by HIV in these communities, and to identify, implement and evaluate a range of treatment information and inclusion activities that acknowledge and respond to the range of health needs of people living with HIV to improve their quality of life and reduce stigma and discrimination. Tobin is also a valued member of the Positive Life NSW Positive Speakers Bureau (PSB).
Since being diagnosed with HIV in 1991, Tobin has worked as a research assistant and interviewer for the SMASH study at the National Centre in HIV, Epidemiology and Clinical research (NCHCER) (now The Kirby Institute), and managed HIV client services and health promotion programs and was the ACON Northern Rivers’ Community Health Promotion Officer from 2010-2022.
Tobin holds community and attainment qualifications including a Certificate IV in training and assessment, public speaking and presenting skills masterclass, facilitator training, social media marketing, counselling, LGBTI aged care training, rapid HIV testing training, applied suicide intervention skills, culturally informed trauma integrated healing training, and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and First Aid course.