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2018 SiREN Symposium
With the theme of “Connect, Learn, Apply”, the 2018 Symposium aimed to Connect: ignite collaborations and partnerships within the sexual health and blood-borne virus sector and make connections between evidence, policy and practice; Learn: presentations of research and evaluation results and new evidence; and Apply: presentations of practical experience from practitioners, researchers and policymakers.
This year saw over 130 delegates descend upon Technology Park Function Center for a jam packed one and a half days of presentations, discussions, workshops and networking. Delegates were able to choose between 45 abstract presentations which provided a professional and collegiate opportunity for new and seasoned presenters to share knowledge and obtain feedback.
Keynote presentations from Professor Martin Holt (UNSW), Professor Rebecca Guy (UNSW), Associate Professor James Ward (SAHMRI), and Dr Joe Doyle (Burnet Institute) provided insights into the latest national and Perth-based data, the media's role in public and sexual health, and the need for targeted interventions.
Thank you to the keynote and guest speakers, and all of the presenters for taking the time to participate. We would like to thank our session chairs and volunteers, as well as the Abstract Review Committee for assisting in shaping the program. A big thank you to the Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program, WA Department of Health for making this event possible, and for generously providing funds to support regional and remote participation. Seven travel grants were awarded to delegates living in rural and remote WA; with delegates travelling from Denmark, Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Carnarvon, and Albany to attend and contribute to both days of the Symposium.
For those of you that were able to attend, we hope you had a fantastic experience, made new connections, ignited existing ones, and learnt something valuable to take back to your workplaces.
You can download a copy of the 2018 SiREN Symposium Program here.
You can download a copy of the 2018 SiREN Symposium Evaluation Report here.
Professor Rebecca Guy, The Kirby Institute, UNSW | Fun challenges to do with friends
Professor Martin Holt, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW | Preparing for the impact of PrEP and the diversification of gay men's sex practices in WA: insights from local and national behavioural data
Dr Joseph Doyle, Burnet Institute | The pathway to hepatitis C elimination in Australia
Associate Professor James Ward, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute | Sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses and associated issues in our communities
Panel Discussion: Youth Perspectives on Sexual Health
Habiba Asim & Kai Schweizer, YEP Crew, Youth Affairs Council of WA
Stephen Boccaletti, Freedom Centre.
Watch the video here.
Thursday 17 May, 2018
Professor Rebecca Guy, The Kirby Institute, UNSW | Fun challenges to do with friends
Professor Martin Holt, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW | Preparing for the impact of PrEP and the diversification of gay men’s sex practices in WA: insights from local and national behavioural data
Concurrent session: Men’s health
Kaisha Wyld, Curtin University | PrEP in Australia: The lived experiences of men who have sex with men
Siân Churcher, WA Department of Health & Matt Bacon, WA AIDS Council | A Theoretical Model for describing Western Australia’s men who have sex with other men population
P.J Matt Tilley, Curtin University | Speaking safer sex: Exploring how young Australian men negotiate condom use
Dr Graham Brown, La Trobe University | Comparison of risk profile of gay men who acquired HIV while travelling with those who acquired HIV in Australia
Concurrent session: Working with peers
Rick Greenshields, WA AIDS Council | Methamphetamine peer education project
Amanda Siebert & Alex Lukare, HepatitisWA | Health Ambassadors Hepatitis B Program
Susan Theseira & Julia Morgan, Youth Affairs Council of WA | You’ve got a friend in me: Peer education in youth sexual health
Mark Reid, WA AIDS Council | HIV positive peer mentor program
Anne McKenzie, Consumer and Community Health Research Network | Meaningful engagement of peers in research, and program development and delivery
Concurrent session: Young people’s sexual health
Associate Professor Sharyn Burns, Curtin University | Supporting and evaluating relationships and sexuality education in schools: A multiple, holistic case study approach
Joanna Collins & Elizabeth Tyndall, WA Department of Health | Laugh and Learn: Using video to engage with young people about sexual health
Bianca Fish, HepatitisWA | YOUR Health –Where are we now?
Carl Heslop, Curtin University | Youth vs stakeholders: Perception vs reality in rural sexual health
Briannan Dean & Elizabeth Tyndall, WA Department of Health | Using contemporary social media channels to communicate sexual health messages
Concurrent session: Hepatitis C and safe injecting
Professor Donna Mak, WA Department of Health | Opportunities and challenges of linking routinely-collected data to evaluate blood-borne virus management and outcomes in Western Australia
Rebecca Bowman, HepatitisWA | How co-location of harm reduction and treatment services is contributing to the eradication of hepatitis C
David Worthington, WA Department of Health | Increasing access to sterile injecting equipment through a needle and syringe dispensing machine
Leanne Myers, Peer Based Harm Reduction WA | HCV treatment in a needle and syringe program
Clinical Associate Professor Dr Lewis Marshall, South Terrace Clinic | A clinician’s perspective: Scenes from the field
Friday 18 May, 2018
Dr Roanna Lobo, SiREN, Curtin University | SiREN 2012-2020: From pilot to project
Associate Professor James Ward, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute | Sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses and associated issues in our communities (part 1) (part 2)
Plenary session: Sexual health and blood-borne virus issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
Associate Professor James Ward, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute | Young, Deadly, Free: The sexual health professional development needs of remote primary healthcare clinicians
Dr Belinda D’Costa, SiREN, Curtin University | Young, Deadly, Free: Preliminary evaluation findings and lessons learned
Rudie Marshall-Lang & Elizabeth Tyndall, WA Department of Health | ‘Look after your blood’ and ‘Stay safe you mob’. Social marketing campaigns for young Aboriginal people
Robyn Wansbrough & Rose Murray, Sexual Health Quarters | Mooditj 2: A resilience and respectful relationships program for Aboriginal young people
Concurrent session: Populations with unique needs
Dr Bradley McKernan, WA Country Health Service | Walk in sexual health clinic - fulfilling a need in rural Western Australia. How well are we doing?
Sandra Norman, SECCA | Improving sexual health outcomes for people with disabilities
Dr Indi Pattni, Multicultural Services Centre of WA | STOP: Lay concepts matter!
Ruth Swan & Jordina Quain, SECCA | Developing the SECCA App: A digital sexuality and relationships education resource for people with intellectual disabilities
Kevin Winder, Peer Based Harm Reduction WA | Evaluation of harm reduction packs – Meeting the needs of local street based needle and syringe exchange program consumers
Concurrent session: Capacity building
Reena D’Souza, WA AIDS Council | Western Australian prison officer’s sexual health and blood-borne virus training – Reconnection with an old friend
Dr Jacqui Hendriks, Curtin University | Supporting the sector to deliver school-based relationships and sexuality education: The Curtin RSE Project 2014-2018
Rochelle Tobin, Curtin University | Using systems thinking to understand the influence of SiREN on research and evaluation practices
Sharelle Tulloh, WA Department of Health | The creation and implementation of RELATE – Western Australian respectful relationships education resources for secondary schools
Concurrent session: Sexual health in culturally and linguistically diverse populations
Professor Rebecca Guy, The Kirby Institute, UNSW | HIV in migrant populations in Australia: A changing epidemiology
Dr Lorel Mayberry, Curtin University | Life changing sexuality and relationship education for Hilltribe youth in Northern Thailand
Amira Hosny, Curtin University | Barriers to HIV testing among adult women from South East Asia
Concurrent session: Sexually transmissible infections – current issues
Caitriona Bennett, University of Notre Dame | Adherence to clinical guidelines for the management of genital chlamydia infection in Western Australia
Barakat Alsuwayyid, University of Western Australia | Genomic epidemiology and population structure of Neisseria gonorrhoeae from remote highly endemic Western Australian populations and implications for public health surveillance
Professor Donna Mak & Sharelle Tulloh, WA Department of Health | Connecting the Year 8 HPV vaccination program with school and youth sexual health education
Dr Michael Phillips, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research | A new explanation for rising rates of anal cancer
Concurrent session: Sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne virus treatments
Byron Minas & Kellie Mitchell, WA Department of Health | Blood-borne virus treatment uptake in Western Australia
Noëlle Blum, University of Western Australia| Optimising chlamydia partner treatment in Western Australia
Silvie Miczkova, WA Country Health Service | New era hepatitis C treatments – information and treatment pathway provision to existing HCV positive clients
Round table: HIV & Mobility
Facilitated by Dr Graham Brown, La Trobe University | Discussion Minutes