Anne Mitchell is a community development worker and an adult educator with over fifteen years experience in the field of sexual health. Her original training and experience was as a secondary teacher but in 1988 she was appointed as an adult educator in the AIDS/STD Unit of the Victorian Health Department and for the next four years, throughout the era of AIDS panic, developed and ran a large number of evidence-based workshops on AIDS in the Workplace. She also worked in sexual health promotion and alcohol and drug prevention programs over that time and was a volunteer with AIDSline and the Victorian AIDS Council.
In her most recent position as Manager of the Community Liaison and Education Unit at the Australian Research Centre In Sex, Health and Society she has worked on research and research-into-practice projects, particularly those with hard-to-reach groups. This includes work on gay men and HIV, lesbian health and the safety and wellbeing of same sex attracted young people in schools. She has published widely in the field of gay and lesbian health and has considerable experience in advocacy and community development work in this community. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Committee on Gay and Lesbian Health.