15 November 2020
(Community Recognition Statement, 10 November 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney Electorate I thank David Crawford for his service and care to people living with HIV in NSW. I understand that David’s retirement is the culmination of a 30 year career advocating for people living with HIV and the LGBQTI+ communities at large. Upon receiving a positive diagnosis in 1984, I understand David began studying for a nursing degree and in 1989 he began his career at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst. David continued working at St Vincent’s Hospital as a registered nurse and Nursing Unit Manager until 2009 when he took on the Positive Life Treatments Officer role at ACON. I understand David leaves a significant legacy reviving and strengthening that role and that he will be greatly missed.
The community has benefited from his unique contribution, both as a registered nurse and a peer, championing the interests of people living with HIV. David was recognised with the inaugural HIV Hero award in 2018 as having been on the frontline of the response since the early days of the epidemic.
I thank David for his commitment to the community and I wish him well in post-retirement life and his next endeavours.