2016 Australasian Sexual Health Conference and 2016 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference

Keynote Speakers

Amber D'Souza
Amber D’Souza is an Associate Professor Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. D’Souza leads a research program on infectious causes of cancer, focusing on understudied areas such as anal cancer among MSM, and oral HPV causing tonsillar cancers. She is the co-PI of the datacenter for the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS).

A/Prof Marion Saville 
Marion is a NZ medical graduate who trained in pathology in the US, specialising in cytopathology. Her major interest lies in the prevention of cervical cancer through HPV vaccination and cervical screening. She is Executive Director of VCS

Mark Hayter is Professor and Head of the Nursing Department at the University of Hull, United Kingdom. He qualified as a nurse in 1987 and holds a Bachelors Degree in the Social Dimensions of Health and a Masters Degree in Clinical Nursing. His PhD, a sociological analysis of family planning consultations, was awarded in 2004 from the University of Sheffield, UK. Mark is a Visiting Professor at the University of Genoa, Italy and has extensive academic contacts in Asia, Australia, the Middle East and the United States. He was Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University 2012-2015. Mark is an Editor of the Journal of Advanced Nursing and has previously edited the Journal of Clinical Nursing. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of School Nursing, Sex Education, the International Journal of Qualitative Methodology, Nursing Outlook and the Journal of Nursing Interventions. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Scholars and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Associate Professor Rebecca Guy is the Head of the Surveillance, Evaluation and Research Program at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales. She is an epidemiologist with expertise in sexual health public health interventions and surveillance. Her research focuses on reducing the impact of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) in vulnerable populations. Associate Professor Guy is currently leading large scale studies to evaluate the impact, cost and acceptability of HIV self-testing and STI point-of-care testing and also the population effectiveness of treatment as prevention. She is one of the chief investigators responsible for establishing a nation-wide surveillance and research network over the past nine years called ACCESS, involving collaboration with over 100 clinics and laboratories.

Professor Basil Donovan is President of the ISSTDR and Chair of the World STI & HIV Congress in Brisbane in 2015. He is also Head of the Sexual Health Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia, and he practises at the Sydney Sexual Health Centre, Sydney Hospital.  

Khadija Gbla is a very passionate and inspired young African Australian woman. Khadija first channelled her passion into sexual health as a peer educator at SHine SA. This opportunity allowed her to inspire others to make a difference both within the African community and in our society, and to increase understanding of the differences in our multicultural society and how they affect sexual health.

Khadija’s great courage and determination have seen her become an award-winning speaker, facilitator and consultant, travelling the world to give women, youth and minority groups a voice at a local, state and international level. Khadija utilises her powerful voice and lived experience to raise awareness of sexual health issues, in particular Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and to advocate for positive change.

Khadija is the Executive Director of not-for-profit organisation No FGM Australia which works to protect Australian girls from FGM and to support survivors of FGM. She is an Ambassador for Our Watch, an organisation established to change attitudes of violence towards women and their children, and is Director of Reacher’s Philanthropy - Committed to Women's and Girl's Self-Empowerment.

Khadija is also the Director of Khadija Gbla Cultural Consultancy, which offers cultural awareness training and facilitation to government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and individuals, and advocacy and mentoring to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

Khadija has been recognized through numerous awards for her vision and leadership, including 2016 Women's Weekly and Qantas Women of the Future finalist, 2016 AusMumpreneur Rising Star and Making a Difference –Non-Profit Award, 2014 The Advertiser South Australia’s 50 Most Influential Women, 2013 Madison Magazine Australia's Top 100 Inspiring Women, 2013 Amnesty International Human Rights Activists to Watch, and 2011 State Finalist Young Australian of the Year.

Now, as Project Officer - CALD Youth at SHine SA, Khadija continues to be a passionate representative of the African community and works actively to improve sexual health in CALD communities. She sits on both the South Australian STI and Blood Borne Virus Advisory Committee and the Community of Practice for Action on HIV and Mobility.

Khadija will inspire you, too, to make a difference!