AIVL STAFF AND
Chris Gough is Executive Director of the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA) and The Connection health service. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Honours in entomology and developmental parasitology from the University of Queensland.
He has over ten years of experience in the blood borne virus and alcohol, tobacco and other drug sectors, and has identified as a person who uses drugs for 20 years. Chris’ expertise centres around peer and consumer driven programming including peer education, peer treatment support, community development, consumer representation and advocacy.
He has worked at the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) and the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA). Chris has served on the Boards of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), NUAA, the ACT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association (ATODA) and is currently the Secretary of the Australian Illicit and Injecting Drug Users League (AIVL).
I am Sione Crawford and I am currently the AIVL Treasurer and started the role in 2019.
I have worked at three AIVL member organisations over the past 16 years and am currently the CEO of Harm Reduction Victoria where I have been since May 2018. I have worked in various roles at user organisation over those years including policy & advocacy, community development and health promotion. As part of this community of people who inject drugs and of people affected by hepatitis C I know that peer- based organisations have a crucial role to play both
as advocates for our communities and as places our community can work and be who we are.
I’ve been attending AIVL’s AGMs and member meetings for many years off and on and while it is disappointing that I won’t get to see all the great delegates and members from around Australia in person, I am proud to be attending this AGM as an AIVL Board Member, and Treasurer.