[by Sara Brown]
Michael Brown Wins Deadly Sex Award
Wuchopperen Health Service Limited’s (Wuchopperen) Michael Brown (pictured), has bought home the Deadly Sex Individual Excellence Award from this year’s Deadly Sex Congress Excellence Awards held in Brisbane.
The Deadly Sex Congress Excellence Awards recognise, celebrate, promote and reward the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers in sexual health, STIs and Blood Borne Viruses.
Michael Brown, a proud Kalkadoon, Birri Gubba and Wangi man is a key member of the Wuchopperen team first as an Outreach Senior Health Promotion Officer and now as Acting STI Outreach Co-ordinator. Above and beyond Michael’s position description at Wuchopperen, he is a tireless advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with HIV to receive culturally appropriate and best practice healthcare and support.
Michael says winning the Deadly Sex Award is a great opportunity to bring sexual health into the spotlight for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.
“Winning a Deadly Sex Congress Excellence Award is such a humbling experience, and it feels incredible to have all the hard work we are doing recognised by my peers. However, the most important part of this Award is the opportunity to have a conversation around the issues many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people face when accessing health care in this country.
To see real change, we need to ensure we have peer-to-peer support and health care initiatives developed by and for our people,” says Michael.
Director of Medical Services at Wuchopperen, Dr Jacki Mein, says the award is well deserved and recognises Michael’s bravery in sharing his personal story.
“Michael is a tireless advocate for increasing knowledge about the risks of HIV and STIs amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We are so proud of Michael for being brave enough to share his personal journey with HIV to empower others to access the healthcare they deserve. It is Michael’s courage, passion and commitment that make him an inspiration to us all.” says Dr Jacki.
Michael is currently working within his role with Wuchopperen to develop onsite support groups, implement sexual health education into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker curriculum. He is also increasing awareness of and confidence in providing sexual health testing and education amongst the Wuchopperen team, particularly among our strong and capable Aboriginal Health Workforce.
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