2020 HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Conference
2020 HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Conference

National Program Committee

Edwina Wright - Co-convenor - HIV
Associate Professor Edwina Wright is an infectious diseases physician who specialises in HIV Medicine and HIV Clinical Research in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital, Monash Central Clinical School. She is also Honorary Principal Fellow and Co-Head HIV Elimination Program, Burnet Institute and Honorary Associate Professor, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. Dr Wright is a past President of ASHM. Dr Wright’s clinical research interests include HIV prevention involving pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and early HIV treatment, HIV cure and HIV- associated neurological disorders.
Kathleen Ryan - Co-convenor - HIV
Kathleen Ryan is the HIV biomedical prevention research fellow at Alfred Health, primarily working on the PrEPX study. Kathleen also holds appointments at the Burnet Institute and Monash University. Kathleen has experience working in HIV surveillance, implementation science, and program evaluation.
Jane Hocking - Co-convenor - SH
Jane Hocking is an epidemiologist whose research investigates the epidemiology and control of sexually transmitted infections. She holds an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship and is head of the Sexual Health Unit at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. She generated Australia’s first population-based prevalence and incidence estimates of chlamydia, Mycoplasma genitalium and bacterial vaginosis among young women. Her research has evaluated several interventions to increase chlamydia test uptake in primary care. More recently, her research has been investigating STI treatment, leading the first trial of doxycycline versus azithromycin for rectal chlamydia.
Jason Ong - Co-convenor - SH
Associate Prof. Dr. Jason Ong is a sexual health physician at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, with appointments at Monash University, University of Melbourne and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His area of research is in economic evaluations of HIV/STI interventions including strategies to eliminate HIV, antimicrobial stewardship and HIV self-testing.
Amy Chung
Dr Amy Chung is a Laboratory Head at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne at the Doherty Institute. Her research focuses upon the application of cutting-edge experimental technologies to holistically examine functional antibodies against a range of infectious diseases including HIV. This research can be used to design future antibody-based vaccines and can contribute to the generation of improved monoclonal antibody therapeutics. She was the recipient of an amfAR Mathilde Krim Fellowship (2017-19) and is a current NHMRC Career Development and Dame Kate Campbell Fellow.
Ben Bavinton
Benjamin Bavinton has worked in the field of HIV prevention and research for 15 years in Australia and internationally. He is a research fellow at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney, focusing on the biomedical, behavioural and epidemiological aspects of HIV prevention among gay and bisexual men
Chad Hughes
Chad is the President at Thorne Harbour Health – formerly the Victorian AIDS Council. Thorne Harbour Health is the oldest and largest AIDS Council in Australia and the largest community based organization in Victoria that represents communities affected by HIV. Chad is also the Deputy Program Director for Disease Elimination at the Burnet Institute, and Co-Head for HIV Elimination. He is a public health practitioner with extensive experience designing, delivering and studying interventions in resource poor settings that address HIV in key populations like people who use drugs, transgender people and men who have sex with men.
Christy Newman
Christy Newman is Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Arts and Social Sciences, where she has been conducting social research on health, sexuality and relationships for the past 15 years. Her research interests are focused on sexual and reproductive health, blood borne virus prevention and care, and sexual and gender diversity, but they extend to the related fields of harm reduction, mental and emotional wellbeing, and child and family wellbeing. She works in partnership with advocates, clinicians and policy makers, particularly those who work with people affected by HIV and viral hepatitis and with LGBTQI+ communities.
Darren Russell
Dr Darren Russell is a sexual health physician and the Director of Sexual Health at Cairns Hospital. He holds the positions of Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at The University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University in Cairns.
He is a past-President of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Victorian AIDS Council, and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations. Darren was also the Principal Investigator for the Queensland HIV prevention study – ‘QPrEPd’. His interests include Indigenous sexual health, transgender health, and the elimination of Hepatitis C infection and HIV transmissions in Australia.
Dean Murphy
Dean Murphy is a Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute, UNSW, and a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney. His work focuses on understandings of HIV diagnosis, the use of HIV biomedical prevention technologies, experiences of sexual health and well-being, and the meanings of drug consumption among people with LGBTQ experience. His book, Gay Men Pursuing Parenthood Through Surrogacy: Reconfiguring Kinship, was published in 2015.
Deborah Williamson
Professor Deborah Williamson is a Clinical and Public Health Microbiologist, Director of Microbiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Deputy Director of the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory at the Doherty Institute, and a laboratory head in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne. Her research group at the Doherty Institute focuses on the application of genomic technologies to public health, with a strong focus on sexually-transmitted pathogens. She is an NHMRC Investigator Grant recipient and received a L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowship in 2017.
James McMahon
Dr James McMahon is an Infectious Diseases clinician researcher, Head of Clinical Research at the Alfred Hospital and ID physician at Monash Medical Centre. His research interests are in clinical trials focused on HIV Cure, antiretroviral therapy and the cascade of HIV care. Specific interests include developing non-invasive imaging methods to locate and quantify tissue sites of HIV and clinical trials of interventions targeting the HIV reservoir including latency reversal agents and agents to increase HIV-specific immune responses. He also Chairs the Antiretroviral Guidelines Committee for the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) and sits on the ASHM Board.
Jen Johnson
Jen Johnson is the Blood Borne Virus Sector Development Program Coordinator at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. She specialises in the development and implementation of knowledge translation and exchange strategies within the HIV and hepatitis sectors.
Jeanne Ellard
Dr Jeanne Ellard is an anthropologist with extensive experience conducting research on the social aspects of HIV and viral hepatitis. She has worked in roles in both academia and the community sector. She is currently senior advisor research at the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO).
Judith Dean
Judith Dean, a Registered Nurse/Midwife with 25-year experience in SRH and HIV, is Research Fellow at The University of Queensland focusing on SRH of priority populations using mixed methods participatory approaches. She is currently the Sexual Health Society of Queensland President and Co-Chair of the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance.
Kate Bath
Kate Bath is the Acting HIV Program Manager at ASHM and has been with the organisation for the past 3.5 years. Prior to this, Kate worked on numbers health related projects and research projects at the University of Queensland, with a focus on topics such as HIV, malaria, and Military and Veterans Health.
Kirsten Thompson
Kirsten Thompson - RN. Sexual Health and BBV nursing in North Queensland then Top End Northern Territory. Currently Clinical Coordinator and Pregnancy Options nurse at Family Planning NT.
Lauren Bradley
Lauren Bradley is the Senior Project Coordinator at the Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL). She has over 7 years’ experience working with marginalised and stigmatised communities. Lauren is a Director of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) and is the current Vice-President of Hepatitis ACT.
Mark Stoové
Professor Mark Stoové is Head of the Public Health Discipline and a co-Head of the HIV Elimination Program at Burnet Institute. He has researched the transmission and impact of sexually transmitted and blood borne viruses among key risk populations for almost 20 years. His research program undertakes sexually transmitted and blood borne virus surveillance nationally and within specific jurisdictions across Australia. He also specialises in behavioural epidemiology, data linkage, and implementation science projects focused on reducing the transmission and burden of infectious diseases. His projects include bio-behavioural cohort studies of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs.
Peter Aggleton
Peter Aggleton has worked in the fields of gender, sexuality and HIV for over 30 years. He is Emeritus Scientia Professor in the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Sydney; a distinguished honorary professor at The Australian National University, an adjunct professor in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University; and a visiting professor at University College London. The editor of Culture, Health and Sexuality and Sex Education journals, Peter’s most recent book (edited with Rob Cover, Deana Leahy, Daniel Marshall and Mary Lou Rasmussen) is Youth, Sexuality & Sexual Citizenship (Routledge, 2018)
Rebecca Guy
Rebecca Guy is a Professor in Epidemiology at the Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW. She has expertise in surveillance and evaluation of public health interventions related to HIV and sexually transmissible infections . Her research focuses on reducing the impact of HIV sexually transmissible infections (STIs) in vulnerable populations, including implementation and evaluation of point-of-care testing and prevention initiatives to reduce the transmission of HIV and STIs (including HPV) in a range of settings. Her research also focuses on optimising antibiotic treatment of STIs and using diagnostics to improve antibiotic stewardship.
Rebecca Houghton
Rebecca Houghton is a UK-trained specialist sexual and reproductive health nurse. She has a Masters in Nursing Science and Postgraduate Qualifications in Family planning and Public health. She is currently the Nurse Unit Manager of Sydney Sexual Health Centre.
Robert Mitchell
I am a HIV positive gay man living in Hobart Tasmania and I have been involved with the local, national and global community response to HIV for the last 25 years. In that time, I have held many roles within the Boards of the local AIDS council, AFAO and NAPWHA. Currently I am the NAPWHA nominee to the ASHM conference organising committee, I have undertaken this role for several previous conferences as well as for the 2014 World AIDS Conference. I have also been a member of the Commonwealth Health Minister’s advisory body. My interest and expertise cover organisational governance, strategic planning and policy development and implementation.
Sarah Maunsell
Sarah has been the Senior Sexual Health Project Officer at ASHM for the last 2 years and is the secretariat for the Australasian Sexual health Alliance (ASHA). She has a graduate diploma in public health.
Scott McGill
Scott McGill is the Deputy CEO of ASHM with particular responsibilities for HIV strategic guidance, policy and advocacy generally and international program developments.  He has been with ASHM for 5 years and prior to this was the regional advisor for Save the Children’s Asia and Pacific programs in HIV&AIDS.  Scott has had extensive experience across Australasia but also sub-Saharan Africa and the countries of the former Soviet Union where he began his international public health work. Scott originally trained as a clinical psychologist in HIV and sexual health services in the UK. 
Vincent Cornelisse
Vincent Cornelisse is a staff specialist in sexual health medicine at Kirketon Road Centre in Kings Cross, Sydney. In 2018 he completed his PhD at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (Monash University), titled "Epidemiology of gonorrhoea, chlamydia and HIV in men who have sex with men, and evaluation of new prevention strategies".