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Strategic advisory group for evidence development and translation in wa (sage-wa)

The importance of research and evaluation to inform policy design and service delivery is recognised in the Western Australian Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Strategies 2019-2023.

The Strategic Advisory Group for Evidence Development and Translation in Western Australia (SAGE-WA) was formed in November 2022 as an evolution of the work of the SiREN Project Steering Group (2012-2022).

SAGE-WA exists to ensure that research and evaluation is meeting the needs of the Western Australian sexual health and blood-borne virus (SHBBV) sector.

The group comprises representatives from key stakeholder groups in the WA SHBBV sector.

 Member Organisation
Western Australia  
Kim Gates
AHCWA
Vivienne Keeley Alcohol Consumer and Community Coalition
Bianca Leber ASHM
Dr Donna Mak
CDCD
Holly Beasley Department of Justice
Brent Bell HepatitisWA
Leila Zandi ISHAR
Paul Dessaur Peer Based Harm Reduction WA
Jaini Shah
SECCA
Debra Barnes Sexual Health Quarters
Kerry Elder SHBBV Community and Consumer Representative
Lisa Bastian SHBBVP WA Health
Professor Charlene Kaher University of Western Australia
Dr Daniel Vujcich WAAC
Helin Cimen WANADA
Zoe Sullivan YACWA
Interstate  
Associate Professor Behzad Hajarizadeh Kirby Institute
Dr Skye McGregor Kirby Institute
Professor Graham Brown La Trobe University
Mish Pony Scarlett Alliance
Professor Limin Mao UNSW

The role of SAGE-WA is to:

  • Provide a forum to share information on relevant research and evaluation activities being undertaken in the SHBBV sector;
  • Identify research and evaluation needs to inform the work of the SHBBV sector in WA;
  • Identify opportunities for WA members of the SHBBV sector to be involved in relevant national and cross-jurisdictional research;
  • Coordinate research and evaluation partnerships between WA members of the SHBBV sector, including through the development of research grant applications; and
  • Make recommendations for ways to build the research and evaluation capacity of the SHBBV sector in WA.

Access the full Terms of Reference here.