A nationally recognised LGBTQ+ advocate and leader, Aram is an accomplished writer, speaker and consultant, passionate about the power of communication and human connection to create positive change.
Originally qualifying as an occupational therapist, Aram has over a decade’s experience working in the health and social service sectors across a range of service delivery, program management, public policy and advocacy roles.
Within a government context, Aram gained service delivery experience working within mental health, drug and alcohol and forensic settings; before going on to hold senior policy roles within the West Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet, and Department of Indigenous Affairs.
Aram's considerable non-Government experience includes several years in senior leadership roles with Reachout.com, cohealth, where he led research, communications, public affairs and advocacy teams. Most recently, Aram was the Director of Engagement with Equality Australia during that organisation's initial establishment phases.
Alongside this professional career Aram has been actively involved in LGBTQ advocacy for close to 15 years, and as a highly visible, out transgender man, his work has particularly focussed on advancing the health and rights of trans and gender diverse people. This work has included legal and media advocacy, public speaking and writing, providing advice to government and non-government organisations on policy development and diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as advocating on HIV issues internationally.
Aram has authored/co-authored a number of both technical and general interest articles and publications, and is a sought after speaker for conferences, corporate and community events.
Aram holds a B.Sc (Occupational Therapy), a MA (Politics and Policy), was a 2015 Australian Human Rights Award Finalist (Community), and currently serves on the Victorian Government’s LGBTI Taskforce.