Brent Allan

Brent Allan (theythem)

Malmsbury, Australia

Global Community Engagement Consultant

Brent resides on Da Da Wjurng lands of the Kulin Nation just north of Narram/Melbourne.

They have been working in the community response to HIV/AIDS for over 30 years across a number of countries and have qualifications in health education, business, community services management as well as public and social health experience with local, state and federal governments, as well as with global industries.

They are one of the founders of the Positive Leadership Development Institute Australia/New Zealand – an international collaboration between Canada and Australia focusing upon leadership development and resilience building for people living with HIV in the face of HIV stigma and discrimination. They have also been a global civil society representative to the International AIDS Society’s Industry Liaison Forum since 2015.

Brent identifies as a gender queer non-binary person who has been living with HIV for over 25 years. They have been active in efforts to build the capacity of people living with HIV through advocacy, education and representation, and they regularly provides technical assistance to global networks, governments, civil society and industry on matters of best practice in community-based services, research and development.

Brent is a passionate advocate for civil society and consumer representation in health service policy, programming and evaluation, and has been a vocal advocate and champion for the rights sex workers, people who use drugs as well as vulnerable and marginalised people working on the front-lines with gender and sexually diverse communities.