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

Program Overview

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Program Key:

TimeMonday 16 November 2020
8:00amPlenary: Clinical Management & Therapeutics
Chairs: Nick Medland & Carole Khaw
1. Welcome to Country - Aunty Ann Weldon
2. ASHM Welcome - Mark Bloch, ASHM President
3. ASHA Welcome - Angela Dawson & Judith Dean, ASHA
4. Weight Gain and New Antiretrovirals - Keynote: Francois Venter, Divisional Head of Ezintsha, University of the Witwatersrand
5. eSexual Health – where do we go from here? - Keynote: Claudia Estcourt, Professor of Sexual Health & HIV, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
6. ASHA Oration - Chris Bourne, Sydney Sexual Health, ASHA Distinguished Services Awardee
9:30am - 10:00amDelegate Free Time
10:00am - 11:30amSymposium: Practice makes perfect? How COVID-19 has transformed HIV & SH services in Australia - Supported by Mylan
Chair: Benjamin Riley
1. How primary health in Australia has responded to COVID-19 - Michael Kidd, Australian National University
2. AOD services during COVID-19 - Vincent Cornelisse, Kirketon Road Centre, NSW Health
3. Rural HIV and sexual health services during COVID-19 - Claire Pickett, General Practitioner, Ballarat Sexual Health Clinic
4. The service needs of PLHIV during COVID-19 - Aaron Cogle, NAPWHA
5. The service needs of CALD communities during COVID-19 - Catriona Ooi, NSLHD Sexual Health
6. Pharmacy during COVID-19 - Bruce Hamish Bowden, HIV/Sexual Health Clinical Pharmacist, The Albion Centre
7. Live Q&A and Discussion - delegates to submit questions
11:30am - 12:00pmDelegate Free Time Time – Meet our Exhibitors and Connect with Fellow Delegates via Meeting Hub
12:30pm - 1:30pmCHINWAG: Positive Connection - Hosted by Vanessa Wagner
CHINWAG: Positive Connection was a NAPWHA initiative designed to meet the social and support needs of people living with HIV (PLHIV) during the height of COVID-19. Hosted on Zoom by HIV peer and drag superstar Vanessa Wagner, these weekly, one-hour sessions brought PLHIV from around the country together to be supported, entertained, and informed. Over the 12-week program, each CHINWAG featured a special guest from the HIV sector to share insights on things like maintaining good mental health, managing drug and alcohol use, and the latest COVID-19 information.

Returning for one session only during the Australasian HIV AIDS Conference, Vanessa hosts a special lunchtime CHINWAG to give Conference attendees the opportunity to talk directly with HIV Peer Supporters from around the country; Sarah Feagan (Living Positive Victoria), Ruan Uys (Bobby Goldsmith Foundation), Glenn Ryall (Queensland Positive People), and Charlie Tredway (NAPWHA). Join us for a fun and informative hour and hear about health and support delivery viewed through the lens of People Living with HIV.
1:30pm - 2:00pmDelegate Free Time Time – Meet our Exhibitors and Connect with Fellow Delegates via Meeting Hub
2:00pm - 3:30pmSatellite Session: Trust in the machine: Data, surveillance and public health - Content developed by NAPHWA, session supported by Gilead
Chair: Aaron Cogle
Lizzie O’Shea – Lawyer, Writer, Broadcaster and founder of Digital Rights Watch
Christy Newman and Anthony K J Smith – UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH)
Paul Kidd – Community Lawyer, Fitzroy Legal Service
Rhys Evans – Solicitor, The HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC)
3:30pm - 4:00pmDelegate Free Time
4:00pm - 5:00pmSH social, political symposium: Sex, sexuality and relationships education in schools: can a national approach ever be achieved
Chair: Peter Aggleton
Session Plan
The politics of and challenges to initiating a National Curriculum on Sexuality and Relationships Education in Australia.- Kerry Robinson, Director, Diversity & Human Rights Research Center, School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University
1. Barriers and facilitators to implementing sexual health education in schools - Cristyn Davies, Discipline of Child & Adolescent Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney
2. A world of possibility? - Katie Fitzpatrick, Faculty of Education & Social Work, University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
3. Interpretation, implementation and expectations - Bonnie Lee, Manager – Schools and Community, Family Planning Victoria
4. Concluding reflections - Jen Gilbert, Faculty of Education, York University, Canada
5:00pm - 6:00pmDelegate Free Time
6:00pm - 7:30pmSymposium: Pleasure in a Pandemic
Chair: Allison Carter & Sarah Feagan
Session Plan
1. Making Pleasure a Priority in a Pandemic - Keynote: Annie Philpott, The Pleasure Project
2. Respondent 1: Pleasure for people with disability - Jax Jacki Brown, Disability and Lgbtiqa+Rights
3. Respondent 2: Pleasure and sex worker rights - Zahra Stardust, Scarlet Alliance
4. Respondent 3: Drugs and pleasure in the making of queer sexual cultures - Kiran Pienaar, gender, sexuality, and science and technology studies
5. Live Discussion
TimeTuesday 17 November 2020
8:15amPlenary: Indigenous Focused
Chair: James Ward
1. Welcome to Country- Aunty Ann Weldon
2. Committee Welcome - Edwina Wright and Jane Hocking
3. AFAO Welcome - AFAO President
4. NAPWHA Welcome - Scott Harlum
5. Stories of an impatient Māori nurse: Twenty years of Youth2000 research – but have we made a difference for Māori youth yet? - Keynote: Terryann Clark, NZ
6. Closing the Gap: A Community Controlled Approach to Health - Keynote: Dawn Casey, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
9:30am - 10:00amDelegate Free Time
10:00am - 11:30amHIV Symposium: Can Australia be the first country to eliminate HIV transmission?
Chair: Benjamin Bavinton
Session Plan
1. What does elimination of HIV transmission mean for Australia, and how might we measure it? - Skye McGregor, The Kirby Institute
2. How does Australia compare to other countries? - Jason Ong, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
3. What needs to be done to achieve this goal? - Darryl O'Donnell, AFAO
4. What needs to be done to achieve this goal? - Kathleen Ryan, Alfred Health
5. What needs to be done to achieve this goal? - Roanna Lobo + Chris Lemoh
6. Live Q&A and Discussion - delegates to submit questions
11:30am - 12:00pmDelegate Free Time – Meet our Exhibitors and Connect with Fellow Delegates via Meeting Hub
12:00pm - 1:30pmAbstract Spotlight Session: SH Epidemiology, Prevention & Health Promotion
1. #202 Trends in incidence of bacterial sexually transmitted infections among gay and bisexual men using prep in Australia - Michael Traeger, Post Graduate Student
2. #185 Incidence and duration of incident oropharyngeal gonorrhoea and chlamydia infections among men who have sex with men: a prospective cohort study - Lenka Vodstrcil, Senior Research Felloe, MSHC - CCS Moash University
3. #64 Patient delivered partner therapy for chlamydia: Views of Australian general practitioners - Jane Goller
4. #243 Australian Adolescent sexual health information-seeking types - Christopher Fisher, LaTrobe University
5. #34 Too old for STIs? Examining chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and syphilis trends among older women in Australia 2000-2018 - Louise Bourchier, University of Melbourne
6. #35 Spatial and temporal epidemiology of infectious syphilis in Victoria, Australia, 2015-2018 - Ei Aung. melboutne Sexual Health Centre
7. Live Q&A - delegtes to submit questions
1:30pm - 2:00pmDelegate Free Time – Meet our Exhibitors and Connect with Fellow Delegates via Meeting Hub
2:00pm - 3:30pmHIV Symposium: Antiretroviral Effects: Enhancement and Transformation
Chairs: Jeanne Ellard & Suzanne Fraser
1. Consuming HIV antiretrovirals: Transforming risk, sex and the self - Dean Murphy, Kirby Institute
2. Imagined futures and unintended consequences in the making of PrEP - Martin Holt, Centre for Social Research in Health
3. Internet-based access to PrEP: A clinical-technological assemblage - Shana Hughes, University of California, San Francisco
4. Antiretroviral futures: Promoting PrEP to potential users - Chris Williams, Thorne Harbour Health & PrEP’d for Change
5. Biomedical sexualities - Stephen Molldrem, University of California, Irvine
6. Unimagining transmissibility - Kane Race, Dept. Gender & Cultural Studies, University of Sydney
7. Unpacking assemblages: Effects of policies related to HIV antiretroviral therapy - Chris Howard, Queensland Positive People
8. Live Q&A and Discussion - delegates to submit questions
3:30pm - 4:00pmDelegate Free Time
4:00pm - 5:30pmPanel Discussion: The Importance of Emotional and Psychological Well-being and Mental Health (LIVE)
Session Plan
Moderator: Chris Lemoh, Infectious Diseases Physician, Monash Health; Physician, Refugee Health Service
Panellists
1. Ruth Hennessy, Psychology Unit Manager/Senior Clinical Psychologist, The Albion Centre
2. Dee Holland, CNC HIV Mental Health, ADAHPS
3. Kurt Andersson, Nurse Practitioner, Sydney District Nursing/RPA Virtual, Redfern Health Centre
4. Janine Trevillyan, Infectious Diseases Physician and Senior Research Fellow Dept. of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Health & Monash University
5. Liz Crock, HIV Nurse Practitioner, Bolton Clarke
6. Charlie Tredway, NAPHWA

This session will focus on the increasing importance and prominence of mental health during COVID-19 including the impact on patients and affected communities as well as providers – either as typical reaction to the stress of living and working in a COVID-19 context but also the challenges of addressing and meeting the needs of people with specific psychological issues (including health care workers) and those with more distinct mental illness and co-morbidities. This will also include a focus on people with HIV, long term who have been impacted by the current pandemic and resilience/support.
5:30pm - 6:00pmDelegate Free Time
6:00pm - 7:30pmSymposium: Covid-19: Challenges and opportunities for achieving HIV targets in Asia and Pacific
Chair: Nittaya Phanuphak and Nick Medland
Session Plan
1. Overview of the RAG and guidance produced by it - Nick Medland, The Kirby Institute
2. Progress towards the three zeros in Asia and the Pacific: a 2020 data update - Eamonn Murphy
3. Challenges and opportunities as a result of COVID-19 on the HIV response in Asia - Adeeba Kamarulzaman
4. Adapting HIV services in response to COVID-19 in low resource settings: experience from PNG - John Milan
5. Community models of HIV service delivery: Thailand case study - Midnight, APCOM
6. Maintaining HIV services despite increased costs and reduced revenue – case study from Bali, Indonesia - Hendry Luis
7. Panel discussion
TimeWednesday 18 November 2020
8:00am - 9:30amPlenary: Discovery and Translational Science
Clairs: Deborah Williamson & Amy Chung
1. Welcome to Country - Aunty Ann Weldon
2. From sequencing to sexual health: Applying genomics to enhance the public health response to STIs - Keynote: Gwenda Hughes, UK
3. Towards a cure for HIV: advances in the Science and pathways to the clinic - Keynote: Sharon Lewin, Local
4. Announcement of Levinia Crooks Award - Vincent Cornelisse
5. Levinia Crooks Awardee Presentation - Eric Chow
9:30am - 10:00amDelegate Free Time
10:00am - 11:30amSH Symposium: New approaches to STI diagnosis, prevention and control
Session Plan
Chair: Deborah Williamson
1. Gonorrhoea vaccines - the road ahead - Kate Seib
2. Viability assays for STI diagnosis - Willa Huston
3. #129 A custom amplicon sequencing approach to detect resistance associated mutations and sequence types in Mycoplasma genitalium - Jen Jen Danielewski
4. #225 Genomic characterisation of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae population structure in Victoria, Australia from 2017-2020 - Melinda Ashcroft
5. #219 Detection of Mycoplasma genitalium parC gene mutations associated with quinolone resistance – evaluation of a multiplex real-time PCR assay - Gerald Murray
6. Discussion / Q&A - delegates to submit questions
11:30am - 12:00pmDelegate Free Time – Meet our Exhibitors and Connect with Fellow Delegates via Meeting Hub
12:00pm - 1:30pmSymposium: COVID-19 and its impact for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities
Chair: Rob Monaghan
1. Pandemic Governance and its impact for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - Lucas De Toca
2. Testing and service delivery during COVDI19 - Darren Russell
3. Syphilis epidemic during COVID-19 - Manoji Gunathilake
4. Rapid implementation of COVID-19 testing platforms to remote Australia that may be used in the future for STI testing - Rebecca Guy
5. Mopping up post COVID-19 STI BBV testing - James Ward
1:30pm - 2:00pmDelegate Free Time – Meet our Exhibitors and Connect with Fellow Delegates via Meeting Hub
2:00pm - 3:30pmSymposium: Diversifying genders and sexualities: implications for the HIV and sexual health sectors (LIVE)
Session Plan
Chairs: Teddy Cook & Christy Newman
1. First Nations perspectives on gender and sexuality - Hayden Moon, Brotherboy, Wiradjuri
2. Diversifying genders and sexualities in clinical services - Peter Locke, Manager Clinical Services, Thorne Harbour Health
3. Diversifying genders and sexualities in surveys - Son Vivienne, Transgender Victoria
4. Diversifying genders and sexualities in research and behavioural surveillance - Martin Holt, Centre for Social Research in Health
5. Diversifying genders and sexualities in dating apps - Kath Albury, Swinburne University
6. Diversifying genders and sexualities in health policy and advocacy - Daniel Comensoli National LGBTI Health Alliance
7. Diversifying genders and sexualities in sexual health education by and for young people - Elizabeth Duck-Chong ACON, Twenty10, freelance writer/broadcaster
8. Live Q&A and Discussion - delegates to submit questions
3:30pm - 4:00pmDelegate Free Time
4:00pm - 5:30pmAbstract Spotlight Session: HIV Epidemiology, Prevention & Health Promotion
1. #184 Large differences in discontinuation of PBS-subsidised PrEP in Australia: evaluation using national prescription data - Nicholas Medland
2. #66 Depression and anxiety in Australian gay and bisexual men prior to and during COVID-19 restrictions - Benjamin Bavinton
3. #233 Declining HIV diagnoses and rising PrEP uptake in Auckland, New Zealand: Successes and challenges - Peter Saxton
4. #50 PrEP becomes most common HIV prevention strategy used by gay and bisexual men in Australia and ‘net prevention coverage' increases: results of repeated, national behavioural surveillance, 2014-19 - Martin Holt
5. #69 CHANGES IN PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS PRESCRIBING ACROSS AUSTRALIAN PRIMARY CARE AND SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICES FOLLOWING COVID-19 SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS - Michael Traeger
6. #196 HIV-1 epidemiology and subtype diversity in the Australian-born and newly-arrived Asian-born MSM populations in Victoria, Australia 2015-2018 - Carole El-hayek
7. Discussion / Q&A - delegates to submit questions
5:30pm - 6:00pmDelegate Free Time
6:00pm - 7:30pmSymposium: HIV ARV Guidelines Session
Chair: James McMahon
1. Presenting on the topic of adverse effects of antiretroviral therapy particularly metabolic impacts and weight gain - Francois Venter, Divisional Head of Ezintsha, University of the Witwatersrand
2. Low-level detectable viremia in the setting of new HIV load platforms - Doris Chibo, Senior Scientist, HIV Characterisation Laboratory, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory
3. Community Speaker - Emma Sheldon-Collins presentation on her experience of ART-related weight gain
4. Panel Discussion Live Q&A - The panel will discuss interactive and topical clinical case studies in HIV care and treatment and provide ample opportunity for Q&A from delegates
TimeThursday 19 November 2020
8:00am - 9:30amPlenary: Epidemiology, Prevention & Health Promotion
Chairs: John Kaldor & Jane Hocking
1. Welcome to Country - Aunty Ann Weldon
2. Prize Announcements
3. Why are not Achieving Control of the HIV Pandemic? - Keynote: Chris Beyrer, Baltimore US
4. Differentiated service delivery through key population-led health services, David Cooper Lecture delivered by Keynote: Nittaya Phanuphak, Thai Red Cross, Bangkok, Thailand
5. Control of Gonorrhoea; not as simple as we thought - Keynote: Christopher Fairley, local
9:30am - 10:00amDelegate Free Time
10:00am - 11:30amPanel Discussion: Celebrating nursing champions - Innovative nurse-led responses to the changing times – Endorsed by ASHNNA
Chairs: Rebecca Houghton & Judith Dean
1. HIV / PrEP / Sexual Health in NYC during COVID and the impact on client care - Jeffrey Kwong, Division of Advanced Nursing Practice, School of Nursing Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
2. The FIFO Model - Joanne Leamy, Men’s, Women’s and Sexual Health Coordinator, Family Health Unit, Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service
3. Remodelled telephone PreP service in Victoria - Jude Armishaw, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Victorian HIV prevention Service, The Alfred Hospital
4. KRC nurse led outreach services - Wendy Machin, Clinical Services Manager, Kirketon Road Centre
5. Live Q&A and Discussion - delegates to submit questions
11:30am - 2:00pmDelegate Free Time - Meet our Exhibitors and Connect with Fellow Delegates via Meeting Hub
2:00pm - 3:30pmAbstract Spotlight Session: Clinical Management & Therapeutics
1. #116 Enteric and sexually acquired pathogens in men who have sex with men with clinical proctitis - Eric Chow
2. #204 Seronegative primary syphilis: associated clinical and laboratory factors. A cross-sectional clinic-based study - Janet Towns
3. #84 Non-quinolone options for the treatment of Mycoplasma genitalium in the era of increased resistance - Michelle Doyle
4. #9 Impact of rosuvastatin on progression of atherosclerosis in people with HIV at moderate cardiovascular risk; a multicentre, randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled trial - Janine Trevillyan
5. #30 IMPROVING HIV PEER COUNSELING IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Lisa Davidson
6. #145 Cognitive aging is premature among a community sample of optimally treated Australian living with HIV - Htein Linn Aung
7. Discussion / Q&A - delegates to submit questions
3:30pm - 4:00pmDelegate Free Time
4:00pm - 5:30pmHIV Symposium: HIV Cure and Latency
Session Plan
Chairs: Stuart Turville & Jori Symons
1. Studies of full-length HIV DNA: What have we learned? - Sarah Palmer
2. Novel HIV Functional Cure approaches - Chantelle Ahlenstiel
3. Immunotherapeutic approaches to eliminate HIV persistence on ART - Thomas Rasmussen
4. Discussion (15-20mins)
5:30pm - 6:00pmDelegate Free Time
6:00pm - 7:30pmSymposium: Cultural and political responses to pandemics - Round Table Discussion - Content Developed by Independent Committee, session supported by ViiV Healthcare
Overview: A recognised strength of the HIV response has been the inclusion of social science perspectives and community-based activism. This ‘in-conversation’ session draws on the experience and expertise of a number of thinkers to reflect on how collective and individual experiences of HIV/AIDS have been both incorporated and ignored in responses to COVID-19.

Host: Niamh Stephenson (Keynote)
Speakers:
1. Dagmawi Woubshet (Keynote)
2. David Menadue
3. Edwina Wright
4. Marsha Rosengarten
TimeFriday 20 November 2020
8:00am - 9:30amPlenary: Social, Political & Cultural Aspects
Chairs: Dean Murphy & Suzanne Fraser
1. Welcome to Country - Aunty Ann Weldon
2. Committee Welcome: Jason Ong & Kathleen Ryan
3. Prize Announcements
4. Self Record - Keynote: Dagmawi Woubshet, US
5. The twisted trajectories of “social vaccines”: Can HIV prevention inform responses to covid-19? - Keynote: Niamh Stephenson, local
6. Sexual health inequalities: promoting health and wellbeing during a pandemic? - Keynote: Lisa McDaid, local
9:30am - 10:00amDelegate Free Time
10:00am - 11:30amThe Syphilis Epidemic – what’s happening and what’s new?
Chair: Marcus Chen
1. An update on the epidemiology of syphilis in Australia with a particular focus on the changing epidemiology among women - Belinda Hengel
2. Syphilis in remote Aboriginal communities - James Ward
3. A national surveillance system for congenital syphilis in New Zealand - Tony Walls
4. Syphilis diagnostics and laboratory surveillance in the 21st Century - Deborah Williamson
5. Oral and anal T. pallidum detection in men who have sex with men with early infectious syphilis: a cross-sectional study. Further insights into the SOS study - Janet Towns
6. Discussion / Q&A
11:30am - 12:00pmDelegate Free Time - Meet our Exhibitors and Connect with Fellow Delegates via Meeting Hub
12:00pm - 1:30pmAbstract Spotlight Session: Social, Political and Cultural Aspects
1. #192 Anticipated and actual reasons for discontinuing PrEP among gay and bisexual men reflect everyday concerns in addition to perceived HIV risk: Implications for service provision and health promotion - Dean Murphy
2. #106 Why trust digital health? Key informant perspectives on the promise and risks of digital health for priority populations in the Australian HIV and STI response - Anthony K J Smith
3. #108 Older women’s experiences of sex work in Queensland, pre- and post-COVID-19 - Rachel Brennan
4. #52 Living the Continuum: Creating an innovative, engaging and accessible learning resource to highlight the lived experience of HIV care - Olivia Hollingdrake
5. #59 “I was very nervous because I didn’t know how he would take it…”: GP advice and patient experiences of sharing a chlamydia diagnosis with intimate partners - Jacqueline Coombe
6. #101 PrEP, risk and sexual behaviours: PrEP users’ critiques of “risk compensation” language - Nathanael Wells
7. Live Q&A and Discussion - delegates to submit questions
1:30pm - 2:00pmDelegate Free Time - Meet our Exhibitors and Connect with Fellow Delegates via Meeting Hub
2:00pm - 3:30pmPriority Populations and Vulnerability - content developed by ASHM Taskforce, supported by NSW Health
Session Plan
Chairs: Edwina Wright & Jennifer Johnson
1. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations - Dr Christopher Lemoh
2. Prisoners and those in juvenile justice detention - Mark Stoove
3. The impact of COVID-19 on sexual behaviour, social connectedness, and mental health among gay and bisexual men - Garrett Prestage
4. People who use drugs and the homeless - Vincent Cornelisse
5. Panel Discussion
Panellists: Zhihong Gu, Melanie Walker, Chris Williams.
3:30pm - 4:00pmDelegate Free Time
4:00pm - 5:45pmSH cross track Symposium: Innovation, Resilience and Sustainability: Changing Times for Reproductive Health and Rights. Includes closing remarks by Alexis Apostolellis, CEO, ASHM.
Session Plan
Chairs: Jacqueline Coombe & Tanmay Bagade
1. Reproductive Health in Times of Crisis - Angela Dawson
2. Reproductive Health Policy and Practice in Changing Times - Deborah Bateson
3. Reproductive Self-Care: Fostering Resilience in a Changing World - Megan Christofield
4. Reproductive Health and Climate Justice - Tracy Morison
5. Activism for Reproductive Rights and Climate Justice - Osman Faruqi
6. Panel Discussion