News and Events
ABC TV Interview with Prof. David Lewis
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.
Sydney Uni’s HIV/STIs and Sexual Health Program joins Twitter!
We are excited to announce that Sydney Uni’s HIV/STIs and Sexual Health Program has subscribed to twitter; you can find us @SEXH_Usyd.
Follow us to keep updated on the latest news, events and research within our unit, and about HIV / STIs and Sexual Health field.
Our Team at the World STI & HIV Congress, and Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference
The 2015 World STI & HIV Congress and the 2015 Australian HIV & AIDS Conference were held back-to-back between the 13th – 18th September, 2015, in Brisbane, Queensland. A number of staff, including Professor David Lewis, Associate Professor Richard Hillman, Dr. Shailendra Sawleshwarkar, Dr. Julian Langton Lockton and Elise Denyer attended the conference.
The event was a fantastic opportunity for staff to keep up-to-date with the most recent findings in Sexual Health Medicine and HIV, to present their own research, and to promote Sydney University as a leader in education in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health. As President of the International Union against STIs, Professor Lewis was co-chair of the 2015 World STI & HIV Congress, and in total, our team was represented by 5 oral presentations and 16 posters.
In relation to the event, Dr. Sawleshwarkar commented “the conference not only provided the latest update on important issues in HIV/STIs and sexual health but also presented an excellent opportunity to connect with colleagues and partners from Australia and Asia Pacific region to further educational and research collaborations”.
Many thanks to Elise for her effort in manning the booth, and to student Elizabeth McKervey in helping with the promotional video.
International Nurses Day Awards - Outstanding Leadership
The purpose of this award is to recognise the contribution that Nurse Leaders have made at Westmead Hospital over the past twelve months. This award honours the hard work, commitment and dedication necessary to server the health care needs of our organisation. This award acknowledges the productivity of the leader's programs, the leader's demonstrated ability in developing the management and or clinical expertise of others. This award celebrates individual achievements and represents excellence in nursing leadership. Nursing Unit Managers and Nurse Managers can be nominated for this award.
Winner: Ms Jennifer Walsh, Nurse Unit Manager, Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre
The recipient of this award is outstanding in the delivery of care and is recognised by their colleagues.
Please provide information that demonstrates the qualities of the nominee in the following categories:-
Advanced clinical skills:
Jenny is highly qualified in her clinical specialty and has advanced skills in sexual health nursing. She never hesitates to take a clinical load of clients when the clinic is busy and provides safe and quality care in a time-effective manner. She also has a full workload managing and informing clients of results on a daily basis.
Jenny is a fantastic role model to all staff, not only nurses, but doctors, social workers and admin staff. She doesn't just "talk the talk" but "walks the walk", putting in many hundreds of extra hours each year, to ensure her own, and others work, is completed to the highest level. She never complains about her workload, and has an open-door policy, welcoming staff to continually consult with her, even when she is extremely busy.
Jenny has a high degree of personal and professional integrity and this is apparent in all her interactions with staff and clients. She always strives for the best outcome for our clinic, rather than any personal gain, and often puts the needs of her staff before her own.
Jenny is a strong client advocate. She is up-to-date with the condition/needs of all our regular clients, many of whom refer to her by first name, and ask for her personally if there is a problem. She will drop her management duties, no matter how busy she is, if there is a client need that she can assist with.
Excellent interpersonal skills:
Jenny has wonderful communication skills with staff. She is assertive yet diplomatic when needed, and adapts her communication skills to the individual and the situation. She ensures staff are well informed of whatever is happening in our clinic, through regular meetings, emails and a weekly "The Week Ahead" memo.
Jenny is a great resource for all issues including clinic sexual health issues, management issues, human resources, work health and safety etc. Her experiences in the sector and in nursing means that she is well-informed in all these areas.
Professional development of self and encouragement of others:
Jenny is well qualified in both sexual health nursing and management. She attends, and presents at, the clinic regular inservice program, which she organises. She is extremely supportive of staff doing courses/seminars/workshops as part of their continuing professional development.
Additional supporting comments:
I have worked with Jenny for many years, and she is the best Nurse Unit Manager I have worked with. She is encouraging, compassionate, dedicated, fair, generous and humble but well-grounded and very sensible. She is selfless in always putting the needs of her clinic and her staff before her own, and is a very quiet achiever; never trying to draw attention to her hard work and extra duties she takes on. She is an asset to Westmead and to nursing, and deserves to be recognised for her hard work.
Sydney Medical School Graduation
MASTER OF HIV, STIs AND SEXUAL HEALTH
Christopher Peter Allen
Yu Nandar Aung
Catriona Nesta Boffard
Catherine Elizabeth Dowd
Amy Ruth Ehsman
Kristy Maree Innes
John Timothy Lockwood
Tonia Maria Mezzini
Gia Giulia Ravazzotti
Kylie Lynette Rivero-Glover
Katiana de Matos Shaw
MASTER OF MEDICINE (SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES/HIV)
Ruth Ngaire CarterMASTER OF SCIENCE IN MEDICINE (SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES/HIV)
Donna Margaret Tilley
When three become one: Clinical service, research and teaching at Sexual Health Centre
This Valentine’s Day, three arms of health service including clinical, research and education, have come together to form the Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre (WSSHC) - the flagship centre for sexual health in western Sydney.
The service brings together the Sexually Transmitted Infections Research Centre, which is affiliated with the University of Sydney with the Parramatta and Mt Druitt Sexual Health clinics.
“It’s the beginning of a new era for sexual health in western Sydney,” said Professor Tania Sorrell, Acting Director, WSSHC.
“The new linkages will enhance the service we provide to the community,” she said. “We’ve now got a very active research and teaching program, which is strongly supported by our clinical services.
“Our aim is to respond to new infectious challenges, explore cervical and other cancer prevention and treatment opportunities, and to collaborate with other university departments across Australia and the globe,” said Professor Sorrell.
“Along with all of this, we will continue to provide an efficient, free and confidential service, with a strong focus on individual Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) treatment and HIV management,” she said.
“Overall, we want to improve health outcomes at both an individual and population level,” she said.
”We are well placed to become a premier national sexual health centre.”
Key areas of research currently being conducted at the Centre includes service delivery in primary care and evaluation of HPV vaccination.
The Centre is also committed to expanding development opportunities in the fields of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health, and offers the largest postgraduate course of its kind, through the University of Sydney. It has a strong international capacity building program in HIV and STIs and has received funding from AusAID to work with partner organisations in Africa and Asia.
“In 2012, the course had over 350 enrolments in 16 different postgraduate units of study, making the Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre one of the largest global postgraduate providers in the areas of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health,” said Professor Sorrell.
For more information about Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre visit sydney.edu.au/medicine/wsshc/
Fostering a Multidisciplinary Approach to HIV/AIDs Education in Developing Nations
A cross-disciplinary team from the University of Sydney has won an Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships grant to host a delegation of health sector representatives from four developing nations.
The $805,000 grant will enable 23 health sector workers from Botswana, Cambodia, India and Zambia to attend an intensive three-month Professional HIV Program at the University of Sydney in August.
The program will include intensive multidisciplinary training in the management and prevention of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, visits to centres of excellence and leadership workshops, as well as attendance at the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference. Those who successfully fulfill all program requirements will also attend the awarding of the International Professional Certificate in HIV Infection (IPC-HIV).
Now in its third year, the program is headed up by the Sydney Medical School's Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar, Associate Professor Richard Hillman and Professor Adrian Mindel in conjunction with Associate Professor Marylouise Caldwell from the Discipline of Marketing at the University of Sydney Business School.
'We believe the grant represents how educators and program managers concerned with public health are increasingly open to integrating marketing principles into their disease prevention and treatment programs," says Dr Caldwell. "More specifically concepts, managers are routinely using marketing concepts and theories such as strategic marketing planning, market segmentation, targeting and positioning and the 7Ps of the marketing mix to enhance the effectiveness of their HIV/AIDS campaigns.'
Dr Sawleshwarkar says that the program has enormous value. 'We firmly believe that the program is an opportunity for people working in the HIV/AIDS sector to engage in the reciprocal exchange of skills, ideas and opinions and underscores the significance of partnership, capacity building and a multidisciplinary approach in HIV prevention and control,' he says. 'From past experience, we know that such projects lead to deeper, more co-operative relationships between individuals, institutions and participating countries to create a network that is likely to contribute to significant improvements in HIV/AIDS programs in the participating countries.'
About the ALA Fellowships
Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships is a fully funded program managed by the AusAID. The program aims to develop leadership, address priority regional development issues, and build partnerships and linkages between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.
New Masters Program in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health (MHSSH)
The new Masters Program in HIV/STIs and Sexual Health (MHSSH) has just been approved by the University of Sydney and will shortly be run from the STI Research Centre of the Western Clinical School. It will be the largest, most professionally diverse postgraduate program of its kind in the world.
Built on a sound biomedical foundation, the course brings together clinical, laboratory, social and psychological aspects of HIV, STIs & Sexual Health treatment and prevention. The curriculum and learning methods have been structured using the latest adult learning theories and give students from a variety of professionals backgrounds (including physicians, counsellors, educators, public health personnel, nurses and laboratory workers) an interdisciplinary, inter-professional study environment. Streaming of learning pathways provides opportunities to develop generic competencies, as well as the flexibility of choice necessary for specific professional needs and specialisations. Students performing well in their coursework and who have an interest in research, will have opportunities to progress to research candidature via the MPhil and PhD components.
The use of the latest e-Learning technologies, including streamed videos and social media, allow geographically remote and time-poor professionals to access the state of the art teaching materials, complimented by short periods of on-campus intensive face to face teaching.
By widening the range of topics covered, including the addition of a number of new units of study such as Adult Sexual Assault, it is anticipated that the 2012 intake will be around 40 EFTSL. This will make it one of the largest Masters programs in the Sydney Medical School.
*The Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships is an Australian Government initiative under the Australia Awards designed to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and the global community. ALA Fellowships are administered by AusAID with the aim to develop leadership, address priority regional development issues, and build partnerships and linkages between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.