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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 sexual health and blood-borne virus sector.

 Member Organisation
Roanna Lobo SiREN
Daniel Vujcich  SiREN
Paul Dessaur Peer Based Harm Reduction WA
Dr Belinda Wozencroft Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Brent Bell HepatitisWA
Debra Barnes Sexual Health Quarters
Dr Donna Mak WA Health
Kim Gates Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA)
Lisa Dobrin WA AIDS Council
Dr Jenny McCloskey Royal Perth Hospital
Holly Beasley Department of Justice
Lisa Bastian WA Health
Simon Yam WA Health
Lorna Graham-Geraghty Youth Affairs Council of WA
Veronica Walshe Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA)
Jordina Quain Sexuality Education Counselling and Consultancy Agency (SECCA)
Matt Ryan Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA)

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
  • Make recommendations for ways to build the research and evaluation capacity of the SHBBV sector in WA

Access the full Terms of Reference here.