Executive Committee

Co – Chairs

Angela Dawson – The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)

Angela is the convenor of the Public Health Association of Australia’s  Women’s Health Special Interest Group and an Associate Professor in Public Health at the The Australian Centre for Public and Population Health Research at the University of Technology Sydney. Angela is a public health social scientist with expertise in maternal and reproductive health service delivery to priority populations. She has undertaken research into to the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services in humanitarian contexts as well as access to abortion and emergency contraceptive pills in Australian and internationally. She is also interested in the management and referral of women who have experienced domestic violence and care of women with FGM.

Judith Dean – Queensland Sexual Health Society

Dr Judith Dean is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with over 25 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health, HIV, midwifery, and health education in urban and remote Australia. She has also worked overseas with the International Committee of Red Cross setting up maternal and child health and midwifery training programs in conflict settings such as South Sudan and Afghanistan. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the University of Queensland, School of Public Health HIV Sexual Health Research Hub. Prior to this she was the State Nurse Educator for Sexual Health HIV Service for Queensland Health. She has been an active Sexual Health Society of Queensland committee member for about 10 years including two terms as President.


Dr Nick Medland – Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM & The Kirby Institute)

Dr Nicholas Medland is a Sexual Health Physician at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has 20 years of clinical experience in HIV medicine and HIV program delivery, oversight and management (community/general practice in Australia as Clinical Director of the Centre Clinic / Victorian AIDS Council, international/foreign aid programs in Vietnam as Care and Treatment Program Chief US CDC Vietnam). In research, he has been the Assistant Director for clinical research at HIVNAT and is now completing a PhD in HIV clinical and epidemiological research at Monash University Central Clinical School. He has extensive experience in HIV and health medical education including holding the position of Deputy Director of the Harvard Medical School HIV AIDS Initiative in Vietnam (national doctors HIV training program) and in ASHM/VHHITAL programs in Australia.

Associate Professor Christopher M. Fisher – Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe Univeristy, Melbourne

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.

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.

Professor Peter Aggleton – Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney, Australia

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 Amy Moten – Family Planning Alliance Australia

Dr Amy Moten is the Coordinator: Medical Education at SHINE SA where she provides clinical education to doctors, registered nurses and midwives and other health professionals in South Australia. She also works as a GP with a special interest in sexual and reproductive health care and is currently chair of the RACGP Specific Interest Group in Sexual Health Medicine.

Dr Jason Ong – Sexual Health Society of Victoria

Jason is a sexual health physician based at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and an academic with joint appointments at Monash University, University of Melbourne and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His passion is to ensure access to comprehensive sexual health services to all who need it (in Australia and through his research in China and sub-Saharan Africa). 

He is the current Vice-President of the Sexual Health Society of Victoria. He has previously been a part of national (RACGP National Standing Committee on Education 2007-2008, Chair of New Fellows Committee 2010-2012, Board Director of General Practice Registrars Australia 2007-2008) and state (RACGP Victorian Faculty Board Member 2010-2015) committees. He was based in London during 2017-2018 for his postdoctoral training in health economics. 

He is the Special Issues Editor for Sexual Health and Associate Editor for BMJ’s Sexually Transmitted Infections and BMC Infectious Diseases.

Emma Knowland – Australasian Sexual Health & HIV Nurses Association

Emma is a clinical nurse for the Metro North Sexual Health & HIV Service in Brisbane and is a member of the ASHHNA executive committee. Emma holds a Master of Nursing and certificates in Sexual and Reproductive Health. She brings fifteen years experience in Women’s Health and has worked in Sexual & Reproductive Health for the past three years. She has held several clinical and teaching roles, predominantly in the public sector and also for non-government organisations. 

Lisa Torney – Society for Australian Sexologists

Lisa has a Master of Sexual Health Counselling from Sydney University and is a mental health accredited social worker. Lisa is the Victorian Branch President of the Society of Australian Sexologists and has over 20 years counselling experience as a social worker and through her private practice.

A/Professor Catherine O’Connor – Australian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM)

A/Prof Catherine O’Connor is a is STI/HIV clinical consultant working in Australia, PNG, Timor-Leste and the Pacific Nations. She is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Kirby Institute UNSW. She was Director of Sexual Health, Sydney Local Health District 1996-2019. She has a broad interest in the field of sexual health medicine, with a focus on the clinical medicine & epidemiology of HIV, Chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections in international health, Aboriginal people, sex workers and gay men.

She is President, Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (Royal Australasian College of Physicians), Board Member-Australasian Society for HIV Medicine 2012-18, Fellow Australian College of General Practitioners, Chair Medical Staff Council RPAH.2016-2018. Oceania Vice Chairperson- IUSTI-Asia Pacific- 2012-2020.