Professor Monica Gandhi MD, MPH
Monica Gandhi MD, MPH is an Infectious Diseases doctor, Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is also the Director of the UCSF Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the Medical Director of the HIV Clinic (“Ward 86”) at San Francisco General Hospital. Her research focuses on HIV and women and adherence measurement in HIV treatment and prevention and most recently, on how to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Jean-Michel Molina
Saint-Louis/Lariboisière Hospitals and University of Paris, Paris, France
Jean-Michel Molina, MD, PhD, is Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Paris, and Head of the Infectious Diseases Department at the Saint-Louis and Lariboisière Hospitals in Paris, France. The Department of Infectious Diseases is mainly involved in the care of immunocompromised patients, patients with HIV infection, bone marrow and renal transplant recipients, and patients with haematological malignancies and cancers.
Professor Molina’s primary clinical research interest focuses on HIV infection, initially the treatment of AIDS-related opportunistic infections, and then the treatment of HIV infection.
He has been involved in a number of studies assessing new drugs or new strategies for the treatment of HIV infection. A cohort of more than 6,000 patients with HIV infection is followed in his department.
He is also a member of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) U944 team at the Saint-Louis Hospital investigating cell biology of viral infections.
He has authored many papers in a wide variety of scientific journals, including Clinical Infectious Diseases, the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet and AIDS.
Professor Molina is also involved in the French National Agency for AIDS Research (ANRS), where he chaired the clinical trial group for the last 12 years.
More recently, Professor Molina has broadened his field of interest to the prevention of HIV infection with antiretrovirals and has led the ANRS IPERGAY pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial in men who have sex with men. A cohort of more than 3,500 people on PrEP is followed in his unit, and a new ANRS PrEP study (ANRS Prevenir) is implemented in the Paris region to contain the HIV epidemic among gay men.
Professor Chloe Orkin
Chloe Orkin is Professor of HIV Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and Consultant Physician at Barts Health NHS Trust. She is the Clinical Lead for COVID-19 studies at Barts Health. Chloe is immediate past Chair of the British HIV Association, President-elect of the Medical Women’s Federation and a member of the governing council for IAS. Her specialist interest is anti-retroviral therapy.
Professor Orkin has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and has co-authored four British HIV Association guidelines on: Antiretroviral therapy, Hepatitis, Malignancy and Routine Monitoring.
Dr Stuart Aitkin
Stuart is a sexual health physician in private practice on the Gold Coast. He also works at the Queensland Children’s Gender Service in Brisbane. His interests are in gender-affirming endocrine treatments, and medical aspects of transition.
Carlos Araya, a 30-year-old Chilean, was diagnosed a year ago in Australia, in the middle of Victoria’s longest lockdown. Since then Carlos has not only decided to try and stay longer in Australia, but also get involved and give back to the community, with a focus on queer Latinx PLHIV. He has recently been engaging with NAPWHA’s Latinx PLHIV community forums.
Dr Deborah Bateson
Deborah is Medical Director of Family Planning New South Wales and has worked as a clinician, educator, researcher and advocate in sexual and reproductive health and rights for almost 20 years. Deborah holds honorary positions as Clinical Associate Professor in the Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology at The University of Sydney and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW, and she is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health of the UK Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Deborah’s work focusses on equitable access to contraception and safe abortion care, menopausal treatments, and cervical cancer screening. She has published widely and provides frequent commentary to the media on a range of women’s health issues.
Dr Rohan Beresford
Dr Rohan Beresford is an infectious diseases physician and microbiologist working at Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney, and a fellow of both the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. He has interests in HIV, transplantation infectious diseases, and infection control. He is a published author of research on both infectious diseases and microbiology in a range of topics.
Dr Gideon Blecher
Dr Gideon Blecher is a Mens Health Urologist. He specialises in male reproductive and sexual health issues. Gideon graduated at Monash University and has completed several years of overseas fellowship subspeciality training, in both andrology as well as robotic oncology. His main specialty areas of interest include care for patients with erectile dysfunction, penile prosthetic surgery, Peyronie’s disease, genital reconstruction, and male infertility. He is the current co-chairperson of the Young Sexual Medicine Academy (YOSEMA) and serves on committees of both the International and European Societies of Sexual medicine.
Rita is a multifaceted storyteller and adventurous spirit. Having experienced many parts of the world Rita brings a fresh and insightful perspective to anything she touches.
Rita is the daughter of an Acoli Ugandan Mother, and an Australian settler father. Born on Nganawal country in 1991, Rita’s family quickly moved to Aranyapatet for two years, followed by Nairobi and Kampala, until returning to Canberra in 1995.
Rita studied Journalism, Feminism, and Indigenous studies at Canberra University and Melbourne University respectively, and pursued a course in permaculture at TAFE Illawarra.
Dr Mitchell Chipman
Mitchell Chipman is a medical oncologist and palliative care physician. He has a specialty interest in HIV, and other immunosuppressive states, because of their association with cancer. His early years of practice involved care of patients in the 1980s who often had HIV and cancer. He started at Fairfield Hospital and moved to the Alfred to continue that work. The improvements in HIV care and the consequent remarkable lessening of the cancer burden has changed his practice for the better – less cancer. Despite these advances a higher incidence of cancer remains and the evolving epidemiology of cancer in HIV requires constant review of practice. His other main interests are breast and prostate cancer. He also has an interest in medical regulation and doctors health and spent many years on state and national regulatory boards. Hearings for the medical board of Australia form part of his regular practice. Outside of medicine he is a keen musician and sits on the Melba Opera Trust board in support of the arts.
Sarah Feagan is a queer women who has been living with HIV since 2008. She is the previous chair of Positive Women Victoria and has recently joined the team at Living Positive Victoria as a Peer Navigator. She also the Vice President of NAPWHA. Sarah is a co-facilitator of Phoenix for Women and the Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI). Sarah has unique approach to her advocacy and is inspired by the lived experience of the body positive to inform her practice. Sarah’s advocacy spans the from the grass roots all the way up to high level governance. She has a global outlook with a local focus to bringing the community along with her.
Dr Ilana Ginges
Dr Ilana Ginges is a Rheumatologist with expertise in all types of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, gout and lupus. Caring for women with arthritis throughout the childbearing years and beyond is a particular area of interest. Her paediatric training gives her good insights into treating young adults with arthritis as they transition from childhood. Her practice is patient centred and inclusive.
Dr Ilana Ginges graduated with First Class Honours from University of New South Wales 1996. She completed a Diploma of Child Health and two years of Paediatric training, and then obtained her Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of Physicians in adult Rheumatology. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology and was recently awarded a Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound. She is a Certified Health Informatician and has a long standing interest in providing Telehealth Services.
Professor Matthew Law
Prof Matthew Law is Head of the Biostatistics and Databases Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney. After undergraduate studies in mathematics from Oxford University, Matthew obtained a MSc in Statistics from University of Kent at Canterbury and subsequently a PhD in Biostatistics from UNSW Sydney. He has over 30 years experience in the design and analysis of clinical trials and cohorts. His current research interests include clinical trials, cohorts and mathematical modelling in HIV, HCV and STIs.
David Menadue OAM, has lived with HIV since his diagnosis in 1984. He was a founding member of the National People Living with AIDS Coalition (now called National Association of People with HIV Australia- NAPWHA) and People with AIDS Victoria (now called Living Positive Victoria-LPV) in the late eighties: He has maintained his advocacy and policy work with both organisations and is currently the NAPWHA representative on the board of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO). David was Associate Editor of NAPWHA’s Positive Living magazine for many years and is the author of an autobiography Positive.
Dr Colin Mendelsohn MB BS (Hons)
Colin was a Sydney GP for 27 years with a special interest in smoking cessation and now works exclusively in tobacco treatment, helping smokers to quit.
Colin is a member of the committee that develops the RACGP national smoking cessation guidelines and is the Founding Chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association..
He is actively involved in research, writing and teaching about smoking cessation and tobacco control.
Dr Brendan Nolan
Dr Brendan Nolan (he/him) is an endocrinologist at Austin Health and private practice. He is the recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship and is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne. He has clinical and research interest in healthcare for trans and gender diverse individuals.
Vincent Silk is a counsellor with a background in family violence and sexual assault services, LGBTIQ+ community care, community education, and behavioural interventions with people who have used violence. Vincent is currently a family violence counsellor and capacity building trainer at Thorne Harbour Health.
Dr Margot Whitfeld
Dr Margot Whitfeld is a Sydney dermatologist who has been conducting an HIV skin clinic at the Skin Hospital Darlinghurst Sydney, since 1996, after completing a Postgraduate Fellowship in HIV Dermatology at San Francisco General Hospital in 1993. She is Head of the Department of Dermatology at St Vincents Private Hospital and has published widely in the area of HIV dermatology.
Her other research interests which have stemmed from her HIV work include scabies eradication in resource poor countries, and the pathogenesis of rosacea.