Senior Health Promotion and Peer Navigation Officer
Andrew Heslop has over ten years’ experience in logistics, operations, training, coordination and community engagement in both the corporate and NGO community sectors. Most recently he has worked for the past five years at the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) in a range of roles including Blood Borne Virus Peer Outreach Lead, Peer Projects and Training Coordinator/Lead, and PeerLink Program Specialist with responsibility for developing and initiating pragmatic and innovative models for programs that benefit people who inject drugs (PWID), NUAA’s consumers, and health care patients/clients state-wide.
Additionally, he has held several volunteer coordinator roles for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, including Parade, Fair Day and Harbour Party, as a workshop facilitator for the GENESIS (now a[STARTx]) workshop, Andrew has also run social inclusion events for The Institute of Many, and participated in grass roots social justice movements such as Unharm and the Australian Service Union. Andrew has also represented peer-led communities nationally at the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL), participated and provided peer contexts to research across the blood borne virus sector, as well as a member of advisory and working groups responsible for national and jurisdictional blood borne virus (hep C) campaigns. He has also worked in the custodial space, developing and supporting peer based programs in correctional centres across NSW.
Andrew is responsible for the oversight of Positive Life’s peer support and navigation programs including advocacy, treatments information, decision making and adherence, and community research and analysis that meet the emerging health and well-being needs of people living with and affected by HIV.
Following his own HIV diagnosis in 2012, he developed a passionate, peer based ethos and adopted a new career paradigm that aims to strengthen and support the Body Positive through pragmatic, tailored service delivery developed in partnership with our community, and championing social justice, inclusion and the continuous improvement of quality of life for all people with HIV in NSW.