31 January 2017
Shawn Clackett

Helen Evans Appointment as an Officer in the Order of Australia

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Ms Helen Evans has been appointed as an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2017 for distinguished service to global health as an advocate for the improved treatment of infectious diseases in underprivileged populations, particularly for women and children.

Service includes: Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), 2009-2014 and Interim Chief Executive Officer, 2011. Deputy Executive Director, The Global Fight to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, 2005-2009. First Assistant Secretary, Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Commonwealth Department of Health, 1997-2005. Assistant Secretary, Budget Information and Evaluation Branch, Portfolio Strategies Group, Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services. 1996-1997. Assistant Secretary, AIDS/Communicable Diseases Branch, Commonwealth Department of Human Services and Health, 1993-1996. Professional memberships include: Board Member, Burnett Institute, since 2015. Board Member, Fred Hollows Foundation, since 2015. Advisory Council Member, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, since 2014. Honorary Associate Professor, The Nossal Institute for Public Health

Pacific Friends’ Executive Director, Bill Bowtell AO, said “Helen has made an outstanding contribution to international health and development both in Australia and then in her successive roles at Gavi Alliance and with the Global Fund. I especially recall and congratulate Helen on her great contribution in the early days of HIV/AIDS in Australia, when her unwavering commitment to sane and sensible health policy-making were first honed and displayed.”

The Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, wrote a piece on Helen’s story, written by Robin Davies. Read it here.

Congratulations Helen!

Pacific Friends operates as a program within the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.

Pacific Friends

Professor Janice Reid AC
Bill Bowtell AO
Executive Director

Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a high-level advocacy organisation which seeks to mobilise regional awareness of the serious threat posed by HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to societies and economies in the Pacific. In pursuing its goals Pacific Friends has a specific interest in highlighting the need to protect the rights of women and children in the Pacific.



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