2019 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference
2019 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference


Lewis Marshall - Co-convenor
Dr Lewis Marshall MBBS MPH FAChSHM, FAFPHM: Sexual Health and Public Health Physician. Head of Sexual Health service at Fremantle and Fiona Stanley Hospitals in Perth WA. Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Notre Dame Australia and University of Western Australia. Current member of the Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine committee and former Chair of the Chapter Education committee. Long-time interest in Sexual Health in remote WA and past president of Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia (SHFPA).
Penny Kenchington - Co-convenor
I have worked as a senior nurse in the area of HIV, Hepatitis and sexual health for more than 22 years, 9 of those years as a Nurse Practitioner. My role is varied within the sexual health service in a regional and remote setting. One of my primary roles is providing a sexual health service for Indigenous men and women, managing STI, hepatitis B and C, sexual function and reproductive health in a remote community. I am a senior clinician in the regional sexual health service and a board member of the HIV foundation QLD.
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)
Lisa Bastian
Lisa Bastian has been the Program Manager of the Western Australian Department of Health’s Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program since 2005 and the Manager of the WA HIV Case Management Program since 2016. Lisa is responsible for planning and monitoring the HIV policy and the public health response in Western Australia. She worked in Aboriginal primary health care and sexual health programs in rural and remote areas in Western Australia for 8 years before working in the public health. She is also a member of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee’s Blood-borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Subcommittee (BBVSS) and was Chair of the BBVSS from November 2017 to September 2019. She regularly represents the WA Department of Health at national and state-level policy forums.
Graham Brown
Dr Graham Brown is Program Head of BBV and STI Research at the Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society, La Trobe University. Graham has worked in health promotion and social research for 20 years and has a strong interest in translating research into practice and building evidence for effective community responses to BBV and STIs. Graham continues to serve on a number of State and National HIV related health promotion, research and policy committees.
Anisa Cheshire
Anisa has worked in the field of sexual health /HIV for over 14 years both in the UK and Australia. She currently works part time as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and part time at the Kirketon Road Centre- a primary healthcare service with a focus on young people, people who work in the sex industry and people who inject drugs.
Vincent Cornelisse
Vincent is a staff specialist in sexual health medicine at Kirketon Road Centre in Kings Cross, after moving from Melbourne Sexual Health Centre. He recently received his PhD at Monash University, titled "Epidemiology of gonorrhoea, chlamydia and HIV in men who have sex with men, and evaluation of new prevention strategies".
Richelle Douglas
Dr Richelle Douglas is a General Practitioner, the Medical Director at SHQ (Sexual Health Quarters), a member of the Australian Medical Board, and a forensic doctor with the Sexual Assault Resource Centre. She has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Peru as a clinician, and has supervised students and doctors in sexual and reproductive health, research and general practice for many years.
Dr Douglas regularly presents at national and international conferences, was the co-author of the "Best Poster Prize" at the 2017 ASHA Conference, and received the 2018 Early Career researcher award from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for her presentation on “Gonorrhoea in Australian cities: Why and what should be done?”.
Dr Douglas won the Gwen Leavesley Award in 2018 for her contribution to Family Planning and Reproductive Health in WA. She recently secured funding from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to develop a screening tool to assist in identifying victims of intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion, and to establish possible links between these types of abuse and unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
John Dyer
Dr John Dyer is a consultant Infectious Diseases physician with a longstanding interest in HIV and viral hepatitis. He is Head of the ID service at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals in WA.
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.
David Kernohan
Prior to commencing as CEO at the WA AIDS Council, David held senior positions within the Community Legal Sector. He was CEO at Consumer Credit Legal Service and the Mental Health Law Centre as well as Chairperson of the WA Community Legal Centres Association.
David has a strong interest in and connection to the mental health field having trained as a Mental Health Nurse at Graylands/Swanbourne Hospital and then worked in the homeless sector for over 20 years dealing with men who had complex needs including mental health, drug and alcohol issues.
David has qualifications in Law (LLB Murdoch University); and a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) from Edith Cowan University.
Nicholas Medland
Nick Medland is a Sexual Health Physician at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital and a researcher at the Kirby Institute, UNSW. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience in HIV medicine and HIV program delivery, oversight and management, including international aid programs in Vietnam.
Scott McGill
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 understaken this role for several previous conferences as well as for the 2014 World AIDS onference. I have also been a member of the Comonwealth Health Minister’s advisory body. My interest and expertise cover organisational governance, strategic planning and policy development and implimentation.
Catherine O'Connor
Director of Sexual Health, Sydney Local Health District. 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 Aboriginal people, sex workers and gay men.
Sarah Palmer
Dr. Sarah Palmer is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Virus Research at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney School of Medicine.
Prior to taking up this position in early 2013, she was a Senior Researcher at the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Karolinska Institutet, in Stockholm, Sweden from 2008 to 2012. From 2000 to 2008, she headed the Virology Core Facility of the HIV Drug Resistance Program, National Cancer Institute, US National Institutes of Health, where she led efforts to develop and perfect highly-sensitive assays such as the single-copy assay and single-cell sequencing assay which provide new insights into HIV pathogenesis and persistence during long-term suppressive therapy.
Dr. Palmer has her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Virology) from the Karolinksa Institutet, and conducted her post-doctoral studies at the Center for AIDS Research, Stanford University Medical School.
Patricia Price
A/Professor Patricia Price joined Curtin’s School of Biomedical Sciences in 2015 as a principal research fellow. She designs and conducts studies investigating
individual differences in responses to infectious agents.
This includes studies of the pathological effects of CMV on individuals whose immune systems are compromised by HIV disease or transplantation. She overseas the JakCCANDO (Jakarta
CMV, Cardiovascular, Antiretroviral, Neuropathy, Dental, Ophthalmology) project based in Jakarta in collaboration with the University of Indonesia. The project examines oral health, neurocognitive status, cardiovascular system and retinal health as HIV patients respond to antiretroviral therapy.
A/Professor Price received her PhD in immunology from The University of Western Australia and has published 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Amanda Sibisado
Amanda is a proud Bard and Wardandi woman from Western Australia currently working at South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute coordinating the development of a range of national videos for remote community people and clinicians under the Young Deadly Free project.
Amanda has worked in Aboriginal sexual health for over 14 years now with the bulk of her career being spent in regional and remote Western Australia.
Amanda specialises in health promotion, resource development and education and training.
Belinda Wozencroft
Dr Belinda Wozencroft is a General Practitioner with a special interest in women’s health, sexual health and HIV medicine. Originally Belinda trained as a Registered Nurse and worked in remote Aboriginal communities, before studying Medicine at UWA. Belinda has completed further post-graduate studies, which include Diploma of Obstetrics, Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health and Diploma of Child Health. Belinda is registered as an S-100 prescriber for antiretroviral medications. She is the Principal at View Street Medical in North Perth.