Dr Chris Bourne – NSW STI Programs Unit
Dr Chris Bourne is the Head of the NSW Sexually Transmitted Infections Programs Unit; Senior Specialist in Sexual Health Medicine at Sydney Sexual Health Centre, Sydney Hospital; and Conjoint Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales. He has worked in sexual health medicine for more than 20 years in urban, rural and remote settings, and has provided consultancies in many South East Asian countries. He has written sexual health care guidelines and conducted training in Australia and Asia. He is a member of the NSW Health HIV Implementation Committee and his professional and research interests include the epidemiology of STIs and HIV, and sexual health program and clinical operations especially those targeted to high priority populations.
Dr Deborah Bateson – Family Planning Alliance Australia
Dr Deborah Bateson is the Medical Director at Family Planning NSW and holds the titles of Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Deborah is an expert in reproductive and sexual health having worked as a clinician, researcher and educator for over 15 years with extensive experience overseeing the delivery of high quality and innovative family planning services nationally and internationally. Deborah has particular interests in improving access to contraception and abortion, the prevention of cervical cancer and in improving the sexual health of older women and men. She has published widely and frequently provides expert commentary to the media.
A Prof. Christopher M. Fisher - Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
Associate Professor Christopher Fisher works as a Principal Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre for Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. He leads ARCSHS’ strategic area of young people’s sexual health, including the National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health. Christopher also serves on the board of directors for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and as Director Emeritus for the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative at the University of Nebraska in the United States. He has a passion for using research as a tool to better understand sexual health, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours from a systems perspective to better inform policy and practice for sexually health populace.
Clinical Associate Professor Louise Owen – Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine
Dr Louise Owen is a Sexual Health Physician who has been working in the area of sexual health since 1996. She is currently the Director of the Statewide Sexual Health Service in Tasmania, based in Hobart. Her interest in sexual health and HIV began during her general practice roles at The Prahran Market Clinic and the Middle Park Clinic with Dr Peter Meese.
Louise has worked in a number of High Caseload General Practices, and was the Clinical Director of the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men's Health Centre. Louise is now living in Tasmania and in the role of Director of the statewide service is raising the profile of Sexual Health in Tasmania. In addition to clinical work, Louise lectures to Tertiary, Post Graduate and Undergraduate students around HIV and related topics. She writes regularly for the gay press and has been involved in a number of steering committees covering matters such as nPEP, Syphilis and HIV. She has been on the board of ASHM for a number of years.
Prof. Peter Aggleton – Centre for Social Research in Health
Peter Aggleton works in the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Australia. He has a background in sociology, psychology, policy studies, education and international health. A UNSW Scientia Professor, he is well known internationally for his analytic work on the social aspects of HIV, sexuality and gender, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Peter is the editor-in-chief of 3 international peer reviewed journals: Culture, Health & Sexuality, Health Education Journal and Sex Education, and an associate editor of the journals AIDS Education and Prevention, Global Public Health and Health Education Research. He has worked closely with national, international and UN system agencies for over twenty-five years to strengthen responses to HIV and sexual health. Within Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW more generally, he directs a major new strategic initiative on Practical Justice.
Dr Ellie Freedman – Forensic and Medical Sexual Assault Care Australia
Ellie Freedman is a Sexual Health Physician and is the Medical Director of the Northern Sydney Sexual Assault Service. She is the Education Officer of FAMSACA (Forensic and Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Australia).She undertook her undergraduate medical training in the UK and specialized in Sexual Health and HIV and later gained fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine. She consults to both the Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV) and to Family Planning NSW and sits on the ECAV Clinical Standards Committee and on the NSW Ministry of Health Sexual Assault Clinical Advisory Group. In her clinical work she provides a forensic and medical service to adult victims of sexual assault and works as a sessional doctor at Royal North Shore Hospital Sexual Health Clinic (Clinic 16). She teaches both undergraduate and post graduate medical practitioners on management of adult sexual assault.
Suzanne Werder – New Zealand Sexual Health Society
I have worked in sexual health at Auckland Sexual Health Service for 20 ‘odd’ years, the last 10 years as a nurse specialist. I have a particular interest in providing sexual health in the community through partnerships with the New Zealand Aids Foundation and the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective as well as at community events in collaboration with health promotions. I completed a Masters of Nursing in 2015 and working towards becoming a nurse practitioner.
Dr Graham Neilsen – Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine
Dr Neilsen is a Specialist Sexual Health Physician and Public Health Physician with extensive sexual health experience in Australia and internationally [in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe for some 18 years]. He is currently working as a Sexual Health Physician at Stonewall Medical Centre in Brisbane [www.stonewall.com.au].
Dr Neilsen is the President-Elect of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine, which he also represents on the State Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He is also the President of the Sexual Health Society of Queensland and the President of the Society of Australian Society of Sexologists [Queensland Branch]. He is a member of both the World Professional Association for Transgender Health [WPATH] and the Australia and New Zealand Association for Transgender Health [ANZPATH]. Dr Neilsen also serves on the Board of Directors of true [formerly FPQ - Family Planning QLD].
Prof Meredith Temple-Smith – Sexual Health Society of Victoria
Meredith Temple-Smith is the Director of Research Training in the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne. Meredith is had a long-standing research interest in the areas of sexual health, hepatitis C, and health services research. She is known for her research on sensitive topics in marginalized groups, She is author of over 90 publications, and editor or co-author of five books; including Sexual health: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (Ed: Temple-Smith) published in 2014 by IP Communications, and Sexuality in Adolescence: the Digital Generation (Temple-Smith, Moore and Rosenthal) published in 2015, by Psychology Press of the Taylor and Francis Group. She is Editor-in-Chief (Southern) for the Asia-Pacific Journal of Family Medicine.
Stuart Aitken – Queensland Sexual Health Society
Stuart Aitken is a sexual health physician in private practice on Queensland’s Gold Coast. His interests are in medical education, infectious disease epidemiology, HIV medicine and gender medicine. He holds teaching positions at Griffith University and True Relationships, and is the President of the Sexual Health Society of Queensland.
Kirsten Thompson – Australasian Sexual Health & HIV Nurses Association
Chris Fox – Society for Australian Sexologists
Dr Christopher Fox is National Chairperson for the Society of Australian Sexologists. Christopher is also the Coordinator for the Psychosexual Therapy Pathway in the Postgraduate program in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health at the University of Sydney. He also has a private practice in psychosexual therapy in Melbourne. Christopher is also Treasurer and Australian Representative to the Asia Oceania Federation of Sexology.
Christopher has worked as a practitioner, researcher and academic in counselling, public health and sexual health. He is a trained counsellor and psychotherapist with over 20 years experience. He holds Clinical/Level 4 membership of the Australian Counselling Association, one of Australia’s leading counselling and psychotherapy regulating bodies.
He is a Fellow – Licentiate of the Royal Society for Public Health in recognition of his contributions to public health and health promotion. He has previously worked at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe Rural Health School and the University of Melbourne.