The Story of Patricia Kennedy OAM A Grandmothers Fight to do What's Right - Battling HIV Stigma in Australia

The Story of Patricia Kennedy, OAM

A Grandmothers Fight to do What's Right - Battling HIV Stigma in Australia

  • Hear how Mrs Patricia Kennedy, an Australian Scottish born Grandmother, remembers the 1980's and the arrival of HIV & AIDS to Australia
  • A shocking and yet compelling interview for people who want to know the truth about a dark time in Australia's brief history, so we can learn how not to repeat the mistakes of the past on our young people today

Listen and be challenged to open your mind and be inspired by leadership from unusual places. Drew Browne - Founder Unusual Risks

Transcripts for each episode can be found at the bottom of this page


(1 of 5) Introduction: So what would you do? A Grandmother's Fight to do What's Right.

Speakers: Drew Browne @unusualrisks and Patricia Kennedy
Transcript: (1 of 5) Introduction to The Story of Patricia

Drew Browne: [00:00:00] What would you do? They are dying in hospital corridors. The government is in a spin. Hospitals are overwhelmed. The public at large is panicking. And then persecuting. Sound like fiction? Well, you'd be wrong. It was 1993 and a strange fatal disease from America had burst across Australia's border.
[00:00:28] Radio Announcer: The scientists say they're dealing with some new deadly sexually transmitted disease.
[00:00:3] Drew Browne: Patricia Kennedy, a Scottish immigrant chose not to panic. Instead, she showed compassion and dealt with HIV and AIDS head on.
[00:00:40] Patricia Kennedy: [00:00:40] As far as I was concerned, it didn't matter who had it …
[00:00:44] Drew Browne: [00:00:44] Her brave service earned her the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
[00:00:48] Patricia Kennedy: [00:00:48] It doesn't make me a hero and I didn't want it.
[00:00:50] Drew Browne: [00:00:50] Pat recounts that important perspective of life on the front line of caring, sharing an undocumented reality of a death by AIDS.
[00:00:58] Patricia Kennedy: [00:00:58] His mother would not come near him. That's how bad the fear was.
[00:01:04] Drew Browne: [00:01:04] Hear a raw account of the horrifying stigma and politics that pervaded all aspects of the Australian epidemic.
[00:01:12] Patricia Kennedy: [00:01:12] Politicians were a thorough pain in the ass, people building their own careers. Sad isn’t it.
[00:01:17] Drew Browne: [00:01:17] Don’t miss, The Story of Patricia - A Grandmother's Flight To Do What's Right.
[00:01:23] Battling HIV stigma in Australia.


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