We are today mourning the loss of a great advocate and reflecting on the invaluable contributions of one of the country’s most dedicated advocates. Adjunct Associate Professor Levinia Crooks, AM passed away today, 16 October 2017. After over three decades of work in the blood borne viruses sector including eighteen years with Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) Levinia resigned as CEO at the beginning of September of this year due to health concerns.
Levinia, who had been involved in the HIV movement since the 1980’s was an unrelenting advocate for HIV and later broadened this focus to ensure the role of ASHM was expanded to include sexual health and viral hepatitis. Levinia was passionate about ensuring the health care workforce, both clinical and community based, was well informed and able to respond to the needs of people living with HIV and viral hepatitis. Most recently Levinia was focused on addressing HIV and hepatitis-related stigma and discrimination that occurs within health services.
Levinia’s passion and dedication to improving the health outcomes of the community was unwavering, and her dedication and drive to achieve positive changes in the delivery of health services will be greatly missed.
The Hepatitis Australia Board and staff extend their condolences to Levinia’s family and friends and pays tribute to her extraordinary leadership and achievements.
Andrew Little, Acting President, Hepatitis Australia.
16 October 2017