No let up for Burnet at Midsumma

Angus Morgan

19 January, 2015

There was no let up for Burnet Institute staff at Sunday’s Midsumma Carnival, attending to public inquiries, promoting our research and services, and hosting fun activities including the ever-popular GLOVEMAN.

An estimated 100,000 people passed through Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens for the Carnival, which heralds the start of two weeks of events for Victoria’s GLBTI communities, their families, friends, supporters and community organisations.

And it seemed most of them (including Burnet staff, above) wanted to have their photo taken with GLOVEMAN, the star of Burnet’s public health campaign Protect, Prevent, Test, which seeks to raise awareness around safe sex while reinforcing the message to test often.

For the first time, the PRONTO! team took their peer-led rapid HIV testing service to the people, and it proved a huge success.

The service, a joint initiative of Burnet and the Victorian AIDS Council, was booked out by mid-afternoon.

According to Associate Professor Mark Stoové, it’s an affirmation of Burnet’s positive relationship with the GLBTI community.

“Burnet needs to be here on an annual basis,” said Associate Professor Stoové, the Head of the HIV/STI Research Group in Burnet’s Centre for Population Health.

“We have a really good profile in the community, we’re very highly respected for the work that we do, especially through the many community organisations that we work with.

“Our direct presence here is important for the trust that the community has in Burnet to really engage at a community level.”

The Carnival featured six hours of free entertainment including music and dance, a Midsumma Dog Show - one of whose entrants (above) took a shine to GLOVEMAN - and more than 140 stalls including Burnet’s.


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