Positive Speakers Bureau (PSB) Coordinator
Peter has worked in a variety of fields including the hospitality and catering industries, followed by teaching secondary school art and design between 1993 and 1995. He is a visual artist and interior designer, project manager and a master gilder. While teaching at a southwestern Sydney High School, Peter formed a support group for students affected by cancer and participated in a primary to secondary school transition program in conjunction with his high schools’ feeder primary schools.
After multiple AIDS defining illnesses in the early to mid-1990s, which forced his retirement from full time work, Peter began volunteering at ACON and Positive life NSW, and served as an AIDS Memorial Quilt presenter with the Quilt Project Sydney. He participated in several drug trials in the 1990s, spoke at HIV/AIDS conferences and to the media as well as being involved in sector and corporate videos to educate, inform and reduce stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV (PLHIV).
In 1996, Peter became a Positive Speakers Bureau (PSB) presenter at Positive Life NSW and is the longest serving member of the Bureau. He served on the board of Positive Life NSW for 5 years as an ordinary Board Director, Vice President, and Secretary where he headed various working groups.
As the volunteer PSB Coordinator, Peter is responsible for the oversight of Positive Life’s PSB program including administration, training and coaching speakers, policies and procedures, evaluation and reporting activities.
Peter holds a Bachelor in Visual Arts from City Art Institute (now known as The School of Art and Design UNSW) and a Diploma in Education from the University of Sydney. He was diagnosed with HIV in January 1985 and successfully commenced treatments in 1995.