WA Sexual Health and Blood-borne Viruses Advisory Committee (WA SHaBBVAC)

The WA SHaBBVAC discuss and develop innovative approaches to prevent and control human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in WA.

The WA SHaBBVAC includes members from non-government organisations, health service providers, researchers, policy-makers and consumer representatives from affected communities.


The WA SHaBBVAC assists the WA Department of Health’s (WA DoH) Chief Health Officer (CHO) under Part 2 s 33 of the Public Health Act 2016 (external site).

The key roles of WA SHaBBVAC are to:

  • develop and maintain partnerships amongst health service providers, researchers and non-government organisations to support and promote a whole-of-government, multi-agency approach to all matters related to HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs
  • discuss and develop innovative approaches to prevent and control HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs in WA
  • provide input into the WA DoH’s state health plan and policies for HIV, viral hepatitis, and STIs, taking into account matters such as prevention, education, treatment, care, surveillance, research, legal and policy issues, and evaluation
  • advocate for people living with or at-risk of HIV, viral hepatitis or STIs.
WA SHaBBVAC operations

WA SHaBBVAC meets three times a year for a two-hour meeting. The Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program at WA DoH provide secretariat services to the committee.

Meeting dates

  • 21 March 2024
  • 22 July 2024
  • 21 October 2024

Community members can provide input into the committee meetings through consumer representatives and by nominating an item of their interest for the agenda.

Communiques with updates on key meeting outcomes will be published following each meeting.

Committee members

The WA SHaBBVAC includes representatives from the following agencies/organisations:

  • Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA)
  • Children and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS)
  • WA Department of Justice (DoJ)
  • Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service (DYHS)
  • East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS)
  • Health Consumers’ Council (HCC)
  • HepatitisWA
  • Magenta
  • Mental Health Commission (MHC)
  • North Metropolitan Heath Service Metropolitan Communicable Disease Control Directorate (MCDC)
  • Peer Based Harm Reduction WA (PBHRWA)
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Western Australia (RACGP WA)*
  • Sexuality Education Counselling and Consultancy Agency (SECCA)
  • Sexual Health Blood-borne Virus Program (SHBBVP), WA DoH
  • Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ)
  • Sexual Health & Blood Borne Virus Applied Research & Evaluation Network (SiREN), Curtin University
  • South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS)
  • View St Medical Practice
  • WAAC
  • WA Country Health Service (WACHS)
  • WA Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (WANADA)
  • WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA)
  • Youth Affairs Council WA (YACWA)

Consumer representatives

  • Kerry Anne Elder
  • Peta Gava
  • Diane Lloyd


  • Dr Belinda Wozencroft, Practice Principal – View St Medical Practice

Deputy Chairperson

  • Professor Martyn French

Terms of reference

WA SHaBBVAC Terms of reference (PDF 144KB)

More information

WA SHaBBVAC Secretariat
Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program
Department of Health
Phone: (08) 9222 2326
Email: shabbvac@health.wa.gov.au
Postal address: PO Box 8172
Perth Business Centre, WA 6849

Last reviewed: 23-11-2023
Produced by

Communicable Disease Control Directorate