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Ron Penny interviewed by James Waites in November, 2003 for the Australian response to AIDS oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 3048039
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Penny, Ronald, Interviewee
 
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Description 2003 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 49 min.) 
Series

Australian response to AIDS oral history project.

Summary

Dr Penny, medical researcher and immunologist, speaks about his background in medical research; the role he played in the early days of the HIV epidemic in Australia helping shape public policy at both the federal level and the N.S.W. state level; the struggle to push through a national strategy to fight the HIV epidemic; the success and failures of Australia's responses to the disease; problems at the federal and local government political levels; the perceived to be effects of the HIV epidemic from the early 1980s and actual outcomes. He gives his views on issues such as the needle exchange program; the role of interested groups in educating those people considered to be at risk; the level of health information in the public domain; the medical supply of heroin to serious addicts. Dr. Penny reviews the history of the epidemic and many of the strategies attempted; different challenges facing first and third world countries; natural therapies; HIV education and prevention; SARS epidemic; bio-terrorism.

Biography/History

Dr Ron Penny is a leading immunologist working with the N.S.W. Dept. of Health. He was originally interviewed by the National Library of Australia in 1993.

Notes

Recorded on Nov. 21, 2003 at North Sydney, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Subjects Penny, Ronald. -- Interviews.  |  Immunologists -- New South Wales -- North Sydney -- Interviews.  |  AIDS (Disease) -- Australia.  |  HIV (Viruses) -- Government policy -- Australia.  |  HIV (Viruses) -- Australia -- Prevention.  |  Health policy -- Australia.
Occupation Doctors
Other authors/contributors Waites, James, 1955-2014, Interviewer

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