Scott Harlum

Scott Harlum

Scott was diagnosed with HIV in 2015 and is currently serving his second two-year term as President of the National Association of People With HIV Australia (NAPWHA). Scott is the NAPWHA nominee to the AFAO Board.

Scott brings a range of professional experience to the role of Director, including as a former journalist, as Brand Manager with a multinational agricultural company, in population health policy roles with the Queensland Government, as health policy manager with the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia, and in communications roles with a large member-based not-for-profit in NSW.

Scott’s lived experience equips him with a broad perspective on issues impacting health care consumers, and particularly people with HIV in Australia. He was diagnosed with kidney disease at age 13 and began his first prolonged period on haemodialysis at age 27 before receiving a kidney transplant aged 35. Scott returned to dialysis four years ago and awaits his second kidney transplant.

Scott lives on a rural property in the Northern Rivers region of NSW where, in his spare time, he works to complete a never-ending self-build project and hangs out with his dogs.