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Special issue of Sexual Health Getting PrEP to the People: Opportunities, Challenges, and Examples of Successful Health Services Models of PrEP Implementation

This issue is now published online, and all papers can be downloaded free until the end of January 2019.


NEW Postgraduate Program in Sexual and Reproductive Health

The University of Sydney will be launching the redesigned postgraduate HIV/STIs and Sexual Health program in 2018 to ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health’ Program. This includes the redevelopment of the specialisations (pathways) in the Postgraduate Program.

We will now offer specialisations in four areas:

  • HIV and STIs
  • Psychosexual Therapy
  • Reproductive Health and Fertility
  • Public Health

The Postgraduate Program in Sexual and Reproductive Health offers Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master level qualifications in Medicine (for medical practitioners) and Science in Medicine (for other practitioners).

For more information please see our new degree program.

The inaugural Joint University of Sydney / University of Washington Short course in HIV / STIs

The inaugural Joint University of Sydney / University of Washington Short course in HIV / STIs was held over three days between the 20th and the 22nd of March, 2017 at the Westmead Institute of Medical Research (WIMR). Each day of the course addressed a unique theme:

Day 1: Principles of Medical Research within the Context of HIV/STI

Day 2: Epidemiology, Clinical Features and Scientific Advances of Selected STIs

Day 3: HIV/STI Control - The Importance of Key Populations, Partner Notification and Prevention Strategies.

Attendees were able to register for 1, 2 or 3 days and in total, the course was delivered to 79 unique participants. Over the duration of the course, there were 33 attendees on Monday, 42 on Tuesday and 62 on the Wednesday. We were particularly pleased that the course attracted a number of attendees from areas other than Metropolitan Sydney including;

  • one participant from the Coffs Harbour area;
  • one participant from Eastern Health Melbourne;
  • one participant from Newcastle area; and
  • one participant from Thursday Island.

Additionally, four participants were Australia Awards Fellowship Holders (current students at the University of Sydney from abroad who have scholarships from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to study in Sydney). These students were from Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

The course featured 15 presenters in total over the three days, with 13 / 16 presenters delivering face to face lecture, and 3 via videolink or Skype. The majority of the talks were delivered by academics from the University of Sydney (6) and The University of Washington (6), with one guest speaker each from the Kirketon Road Centre (a specialist clinical service for People who Inject Drugs), the AIDS Council of NSW, Positive Life and the Sex Workers Outreach Project.

Award Winning Student
Masters student Chantelle Otten wins award at the 19th Congress of the European Society for Sexual Medicine and is nominated for a Young Scientist Award at the 24th World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility

The staff at WSSH would like to offer congratulations to WSSH, Sydney Medical School student Chantelle Otten for her recent achievements in sexual health research.

In February 2017, Chantelle won the "Best Poster Presentation on Female Sexual Medicine" at the 19th Congress of the European Society for Sexual Medicine in Nice, France. Chantelle's presentation, Sexual Functioning and Menstrual Pattern Migraine: Pilot Study on Effects of Hormonal Interventions During Menopause Transition, was co-authored with Dr. Ingrid Pinas from the FemPoli clinic in Zwolle, Netherlands and gave recognition to the chronic pain condition and its effects on sexuality and quality of life. She gave another presentation at the congress on a study she conducted with Dr Pinas into the rates of sexual dysfunction for women with menstrual pattern migraine, with results demonstrating that women suffering from this condition had higher rates than the general population.

In late 2016 Chantelle also received a Young Scientist Award nomination for the 24th World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility, where she presented her study on aftercare for women who have had preventative bilateral salpingo oophorectomy. The paper was co-authored by her mentor Dr Ingrid Pinas and Prof Matthe` PM Burger.

We commend Chantelle for her excellent work and wish her the best in her further endeavors and studies.

Caption: Chantelle Oten (L) with Annette Fenner, Chief Editor, Nature Reviews Urology (R)

Chantelle is enrolled in the Master of Science in Medicine (Advanced), Psychosexual Therapy/ Sexual Health Counselling Stream. For more information about studying at Western Sydney Sexual Health please see the university handbook.

AChSHM Annual Scientific Meeting - 18 March 2017

RACP Quarterly

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Professor David Lewis on Antimicrobial Resistant Gonorrhoea

RACP Quarterly

In the December/January issue of RACP Quarterly, Professor Lewis discusses antimicrobial resistant gonorrhea and the future outlook for new treatments.

Click here for the full story.


ABC TV Interview with Prof. David Lewis

ABC TV Interview

In April 2016, the journal New Scientist published a report on the outbreak of an antibiotic resistant strain of Gonorrhea in England.

The ABC spoke to Professor Lewis about the possibility of an outbreak in Australia, risk factors of infection and challenges for prevention.

Drug trials give hope in battle to prevent HIV

Pill shown to reduce infection risk by 90 percent read more ....

Dr Sawleshwarkar is Front and Centre on this month’s issue of the Indian Sun


The Indian Sun spoke to Western Sydney Sexual Health Education Lead Dr. Shailendra Sawleshwarkar this month to talk to about his work in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health.

Within the article, Shailendra talks in depth about his work in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health, his career path to date, his hope for the future, and barriers to progress such as inequality and stigma. The interview was a complete success, appearing as cover story for the April addition of the online and print magazine.

Click on Dr. Sawleshwarkar's photo to read more.

New Sexual Health Twitter Account!!

Western Sydney Sexual Health is delighted to report that we have established a twitter account @SEXH_Usyd

Welcome to WSSH


WSSH Overview Video

Slideshow: Overview of Postgraduate Education in Sexual Health/HIV 2:29 minutes

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