Chief Investigators

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Professor Margaret Hellard
is the Head of the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute, Head of Hepatitis Services, Infectious Disease Unit at the Alfred Hospital and a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. Her principal research interests are in the epidemiology and clinical management of blood-borne viruses (HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C) and STIs in vulnerable populations.

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Associate Professor Rebecca Guy
 is with the Sexual Health Program in the Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society,  UNSW, with a focus on randomised STI prevention trials, particularly within the primary health care setting. Rebecca is an investigator on a cluster randomised trial of chlamydia testing in general practice, a cluster randomised trial of best practice STI service delivery in remote Aboriginal communities and an intervention to improve HIV/STI testing in gay men attending general practices clinic in Sydney. Rebecca also has a strong interest in rapid point-of-care tests for STIs in remote and developing country settings and is leading a number of evaluations in this field.

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Professor Basil Donovan
is the Head of the Sexual Health Program at the Kirby Institute. He is also a practising Sexual Health Physician at the Sydney Sexual Health Centre at Sydney Hospital, and a NHMRC Practitioner fellow. His research and policy interests include clinical and public health aspects of HIV and other STIs; and priority populations such as gay men, youth, sex workers, Aboriginal people, prisoners, and travellers. 

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Associate Professor Mark Stoove
 is a Senior Research Fellow and the Head of the HIV and Sexual Health Program in the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute and CREIDU. His primary area of expertise is the epidemiology of communicable disease transmission and the associated public health, behavioural and socio-cultural influences.

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Ms Carol El-Hayek
 is the Surveillance Manager at the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute. Carol manages several large surveillance systems, including the Victorian Primary Care Network for Sentinel Surveillance and the HIV/AIDS surveillance register on behalf of the Victorian Department of Health. Carol also has extensive experience in managing large epidemiological datasets as well as evaluation of public health programs.

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Dr Denton Callander
is a Research Fellow with the Sexual Health Program of the Kirby Institute. He is also an adjunct lecturer with the Centre for Social Research in Health. Denton is engaged with a diverse portfolio of qualitative and quantitative studies in the areas of sex, sexuality, and sexual health. He is the Kirby Institute Coordinator of ACCESS and is routinely involved with projects involving gay and bisexual men, health technologies, and sex work.

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Ms Lucy Watchirs Smith
is a Research Assistant and PhD candidate at the Kirby Institute, UNSW.  Lucy currently works on the Aboriginal Health Services Network and the Sexual Health Clinic Networks of ACCESS.  Her PhD with focuses on young people’s sexual health and she also has a strong interest in Aboriginal Health.

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Mr Jason Asselin
 is a Research Officer with the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute. Jason has experience in implementing and evaluating sexual health promotion programs and has been involved in several behavioural and clinical surveillance projects. He takes a particular interest in the risk and health seeking behaviour among gay and bisexual men with relation to HIV and other STIs.

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Ms Clarissa Moreira
is a Research Assistant in the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute and is the Coordinator of the Primary Health Care Network of Access. Clarissa has a background in data management and the epidemiology of infectious diseases, with experience in managing large epidemiological datasets and engaging stakeholders in collaborative data-sharing projects.

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Ms Caroline van Gemert
 is an Epidemiologist and PhD Candidate in the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute.She is involved in several surveillance and research projects in Australia and internationally.Caroline’s PhD is concerned with improving screening practices for hepatitis B among risk populations in primary care settings. Her primary research interests are in the epidemiology of BBV and STIs in vulnerable and risk populations in both developed and developing countries and in developing new and innovative methods for communicable disease surveillance in these populations.

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Dr Marlene Kong
is the Head of the Aboriginal & TSI Health Program at the Kirby Institute. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Public Health Medicine Advanced Trainee & UNSW SPHCM professional doctoral candidate. Her research and policy interests include clinical and public health aspects of the Aboriginal & TSI population, pertaining to the disproportionate burden of STIs and BBVs.