Angela is the convenor of the Public Health Association of Australia’s Women’s Health Special Interest Group and an Associate Professor in Public Health at the The Australian Centre for Public and Population Health Research at the University of Technology Sydney. Angela is a public health social scientist with expertise in maternal and reproductive health service delivery to priority populations. She has undertaken research into to the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services in humanitarian contexts as well as access to abortion and emergency contraceptive pills in Australian and internationally. She is also interested in the management and referral of women who have experienced domestic violence and care of women with FGM.
Dr Deborah Bateson is the Medical Director at Family Planning NSW with honorary university positions including a Clinical Associate Professorship in the Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology at The University of Sydney and Adjunct Professorships at the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW, Sydney and in the Faculty of Health, UTS, Sydney.
Deborah has worked as a clinician, researcher and educator in the field of reproductive and sexual health for over 20 years. She has published widely and frequently provides expert commentary to the media. She is a member of several committees and boards with a focus on reproductive and sexual health including the International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates (FIAPAC) and the National Cervical Screening Program Quality and Safety Monitoring Committee. Deborah is also a past Chair of the Australasian Sexual and Reprodutive Health Alliance (formerly ASHA).
Deborah’s research interests include access to contraception and safe abortion, cervical screening as well as sexually transmissible infections (STIs), with a focus on chlamydia and pelvic inflammatory disease.
Dr Judith Dean is a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Queensland. She is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with over 25 years national and international experience in sexual and reproductive health and HIV including the delivery of SRH services in remote rural settings and establishing women’s health programs in humanitarian / conflict context such as South Sudan and Afghanistan.
Her research focuses on equity of access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV care for priority populations using mixed methods community-based participatory approaches and has extensive experience conducting multidisciplinary research in partnership with community. She has expertise in the implementation and evaluation of SRH and HIV programs including innovative HIV testing models, peer-led Molecular Point of Care STI testing, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, along with access to abortion, contraception, and cervical screening.
Judith is currently the Sexual Health Society of Queensland President and Co-Chair of the Australasian Sexual and Reproductive Health Alliance.
Dr Catriona Melville, is a specialist in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and the Deputy Medical Director of Marie Stopes Australia. Catriona trained in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the West of Scotland and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG). She subspecialised in SRH and holds Fellowship of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FFSRH). Provision of client-centred SRH care including abortion has been a passion of Catriona’s for over 20 years. Catriona is actively involved in medical education and clinical research. She is the author of Sexual & Reproductive Health at a Glance (Wiley-Blackwell) and an Associate Editor for The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ANZJOG). Catriona has spent much of her life working in NHS Scotland, pioneering integrated SRH care before relocating to Queensland in 2016. She was awarded Fellowship of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) in 2020.
Orna works in Auckland as a general practitioner with a special interest in women’s health, and since 2019 has been Clinical Director of Primary Care Women’s Health at Auckland District Health Board. She is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, teaching on the Postgraduate Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Previously she has served on Pharmac’s sexual and reproductive health subcommittee, and as the Clinical Director of Easthealth Primary Health Organisation in East Auckland.
Teaching at workshops, conferences and via webinars since 2016, Orna is keen to enable primary care colleagues to acquire the knowledge and practical skills necessary to offer a range of procedures essential to providing a women’s health service. In this way she hopes to help New Zealand move towards more equitable access to women’s health services and contraception in particular.
Professor Kirsten Black is an academic gynaecologist at the University of Sydney. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians (RANZCOG) in 2002. She has a Masters of Medicine in Women’s Health from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. She was awarded a Guy’s and St Thomas Charitable Foundation Research Training Fellowship for her PhD work, which examined access to emergency contraception in South London (PhD awarded mid 2008). She undertook sub-speciality training in sexual and reproductive health and is one of few Australians who hold a Membership of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK). She also hold a diploma of diagnostic ultrasound. She combines clinical work, research and teaching and was awarded national teaching awards both in 2014 and 2015. In 2018 she was awarded the Professor J.A.Young medal for exemplary service to the Sydney Medical School, the University and the Community and excellence in research.
Sarah is the Acting Sexual Health Program Manager at ASHM with strong skills in project management, resource development and stakeholder engagement and a masters in public health. Sarah is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of sexual and reproductive health within primary health care.