2017 Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference joint with 2017 Australasian Sexual Health Conference National Convention Centre Canberra 6 – 9 November 2017


International Keynote Speakers

Simon Blake
National Union of Students, UK

Simon Blake is Chief Executive of the National Union of Students UK. NUS is a confederation of students' unions and collectively with them the voice of almost 7 million students in the UK. Simon is deputy chair of Stonewall, the LGBT Charity. Prior to joining NUS he was Chief Executive of Brook, the young people's charity and prior to that director of the Sex Education Forum. He has written widely on all aspects of sex and relationships education. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for services to the voluntary sector and young people.
Tariq Sadiq
Institute of Infection and Immunity
St George’s University of London

Dr Tariq Sadiq is Reader and Consultant Physician at St George’s, University of London. He graduated in Medicine at Southampton University in 1989 and following post-graduate professional training obtained his MD from University College London in 2005, where he investigated the impact of bacterial sexually transmitted infections on antiretroviral resistant HIV strains. His current research interests include pathogenesis/genomics of STIs and also the development and evaluation of diagnostic technologies for rapid antimicrobial resistance detection and e-health care.

He is principal investigator of eSTI2 (electronic self-testing instruments for sexually transmitted infections Consortium), and Founding Director of the Applied Diagnostic Research and Evaluation Unit (ADREU) at St George’s and Public Health England, which conducts Diagnostic Evaluations at all stages of the developmental pipeline, including early assay development, through regulatory approval and clinical effectiveness studies.
Ayden Scheim
University of California, San Diego

Ayden Scheim is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Public Health at the University of California San Diego. He holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Western University in London, Canada. His research examines the impacts of social and policy environments on health behaviours and access to care among stigmatized populations, particularly LGBT communities and people who use drugs. For almost 15 years, he has worked to enhance sexual health promotion and HIV prevention for transgender communities in Canada and internationally through epidemiologic and social scientific research, health promotion, program development, and advocacy.

Local Keynote Speakers

Danielle Mazza
General Practice, Monash

Professor Danielle Mazza MD, MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG, Grad Dip Women’s Health GAICD is one of Australia’s leading clinician researchers in general practice. She holds the Chair of General Practice at Monash University where she has been Head of Department since 2010.

Danielle has been highly influential in improving the quality of clinical care delivered in general practice through her contributions as a researcher and educator in the field of women’s sexual and reproductive health, preventive care and the early detection of cancer. She has attracted more than $20 million in competitive research funding as a Chief Investigator and written 118 peer-reviewed publications. She is the author of the textbook “Women’s health in general practice” and lead investigator of the NHMRC funded ACCORd Study, which is trialling a complex intervention aimed at increasing the uptake of long-acting reversible contraception. A strong proponent of evidence based care, she has led and contributed to the development and implementation of key general practice guidelines used nationwide, and regularly provides expert advice on implementation to professional, government and policy groups.
Monica Lahra
WHO Collaborating Centre for STD, Sydney

Professor Monica Lahra is the Medical Director, Division of Bacteriology, and Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for STD, Sydney, based in the Department of Microbiology, New South Wales Health Pathology at The Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.
Professor Lahra is in charge of diagnostic bacteriology, and the operations and programmes of the WHO CC. This role includes the responsibility for national and international AMR surveillance networks.

Professor Lahra is the author of more than 100 papers in peer reviewed journals, and has participated in the preparation of technical documents on antimicrobial resistance surveillance and treatment guidelines in the role of a Temporary Advisor for the World Health Organisation.
Eloise Brook
Western Sydney University

Eloise is a writer, advocate and academic. As an academic she has written on the formation of queer families on television. Her current research projects include; trans people in public health and developing models for media representation of trans in the Media. Ella is on the board of the Gender Centre.
Gracelyn Smallwood
James Cook University

In 1972, I became a registered nurse and used my qualifications to work in communities such as Alice Springs, Palm Island, remote Western Australia and South Australia. I was a volunteer member of the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health service in 1974, and worked as a volunteer Registered Nurse with two volunteer Doctors. Later I became a registered midwife and worked with the Remote Emergency Nursing Services, which took me all over remote Australia delivering babies in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with no benefits of modern technology.