Us Mob and HIV


We acknowledge and pay respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain names of people who have passed away. 


Special thanks to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have given their yarns in the website. (Names may have been changed to protect their privacy). 


This website is supported by an unrestricted grant, with no content or design input, from Gilead Sciences.

The audio recordings of the Yarns on the website were supported by an unrestricted grant, with no content or design input, from ViiV Healthcare.
Us Mob and HIV

Cover Art

Us Mob and HIV
Title: Dialogue 
Artist: Arone Raymond Meeks

This work represents communication between people on a verbal level and how they feel and respond to each other. The figures are linked by their hands and crosshatching. Crosshatching is a symbol for fertility and the earth. The background depicts elements of the tropics, such as the reef, rainforest, and coral spawning. The kidney shapes within the figures represent the emptiness we may feel when responding to confronting situations.

Artist Acknowledgment

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Arone Meeks was a Kuku Midigi man and an accomplished artist and leading advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Islanders with HIV. 

Arone Meeks provided a unique contribution to the HIV sector and pioneered a new way of storytelling. Through art, he shared his story and that of his community by interconnecting Aboriginal culture, HIV and health promotion.

His art was ground-breaking, giving a voice to those previously voiceless. Arone Meeks’ lasting legacy is a collection of artwork which will continue to have a profound impact on the way we understand the history of the HIV response in Australia.

Back Cover Art

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Title: Floral Nam Dari 
Artist: Toby Cedar

This art piece has the colours of the Torres Strait Islander flag throughout it – with green representing land, black representing our people, blue representing the sea, and white representing our Dari (Headdress). The coconut leaves, hibiscus and frangipani signify the tropical lifestyle as they are seen throughout the Torres Strait. The Turtle plays a special part in the island lifestyle as both a food source and many families' totem. Inlayed in the turtles’ shells are the Dari which is the main symbol on our flag to represent all our Torres Strait Islands.
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