Projects / Public health and social inclusion research, policy and advocacy

Strategic support and advocacy


2016 – Present

Meridian (formerly AIDS Action Council of the ACT)



Meridian supports and empowers people in the ACT and surrounding regions who face discrimination and marginalisation, including people living with and impacted by HIV and AIDS; people of diverse sexualities, gender identities, and sex characteristics; people from diverse cultural backgrounds, including those who have sought asylum; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; sex workers; and people who use drugs.

Collective Action provides strategic advice and support in the areas of public health and inclusion. As part of this role, Collective Action conducts research to identify the needs of diverse community groups, develops and evaluates health promotion programs and campaigns, drives advocacy efforts to guide public health policy in Australia, and provides high-level technical advice and support on organisational strategies. Collective Action also provides support writing and editing research, policy, advocacy, and other communications documents.


“I have had the pleasure of working with Alison Barclay (Collective Action) for almost five years. During this time, she has contributed to and shaped program design, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic communications for Meridian (formerly AIDS Action Council). While Alison’s skills are broad ranging, she is a monitoring and evaluation specialist, and this is where she excels.

Alison is a strategic thinker. She has the ability to implement strategy into program design and delivery, infusing action research and ongoing evaluation methodology into her work. This serves to demonstrate both the organisation’s impact and outcomes.

Alison has great interpersonal skills and has built productive and respectful relationships with teams, even in the trickiest of environments. I have been particularly impressed by Alison’s ability to work across large organisations with strategic insight into grassroots peer-led community organisations. Alison’s professional and refined approach and wide range of skills and experience make her work incredibly valuable. She would be an asset to any organisation looking for a professional, ethical, and accomplished consultant.”

Philippa Moss | CEO, Meridian (formerly AIDS Action Council)