Webinar via Microsoft Teams Live Event
The Brett Tindall Memorial Lecture is an annual lecture awarded by the Kirby Institute to a world leader in infectious disease research.
It is awarded in memory of Dr Brett Tindall, who was one of the Kirby Institute’s first researchers in the 1980s. Brett's research focused on the process of seroconversion and the body's responses to the entry of HIV. He died of AIDS in 1994.
This year, Dr Nittaya Phanuphak, Executive Director at the Institute of HIV Research and Innovation in Bangkok, Thailand will deliver her lecture "Give the community the tools and they will end AIDS in Thailand". Dr Phanuphak will share with us her extensive insights into how genuine key population community engagement has resulted in effective HIV responses in Thailand.
Her lecture will be followed by a panel discussion, where we will discuss how lessons from Thailand can inform key population engagement and response in an Australian context.
The Brett Tindall Memorial Lecture will be hosted online. Registrations are essential. Please register via Eventbrite.
The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
Professor Anthony Kelleher, Director, Kirby Institute
Dr Benjamin Bavinton, Senior Lecturer, HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program, Kirby Institute
Dr Nittaya Phanuphak, Executive Director, Institute of HIV Research and Innovation, Bangkok, Thailand
Mr Matthew Vaughan, Acting Director, HIV and Sexual Health Division, ACON
Dr Horas Wong, Research Officer, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney
About the speaker
Dr Nittaya Phanuphak
Nittaya Phanuphak is Executive Director at the Institute of HIV Research and Innovation in Bangkok, Thailand. She has deep interest in HIV prevention and key populations, especially around the use of Key Population-Led Health Service (KPLHS) approaches to enhance access to HIV testing, prevention and treatment among men who have sex with men and transgender women. She currently works actively with community and government partners to establish a national technical assistance platform to support the accreditation and legalization of key population lay providers to ensure KPLHS sustainability through domestic financing mechanism.
In 2015, she supported the establishment of the Tangerine Community Health Center at the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre (TRCARC) using an integrated hormone therapy and sexual health service approach to effectively bring almost 3,000 transgender women and transgender men into services over a 3-year period. The model is currently being expanded to community-based organisations, as well as public and private clinics, working with transgender people in the region.
About the panellists
Dr Benjamin Bavinton
Benjamin Bavinton is a senior lecturer and research fellow with the HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney. He has worked in the field of HIV prevention and research for over 15 years in Australia and internationally. His research focuses on the biomedical, behavioural and epidemiological aspects of HIV prevention among gay and bisexual men in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr Matthew Vaughan
Matthew Vaughan is the Acting Director for the HIV and Sexual Health Division, and Principal campaign planner at ACON, where he leads the strategy and development of the multi award-winning campaign, Ending HIV, which seeks to end HIV transmissions in NSW. He has been working within the community services sector for the past 15 years working in a variety of roles within Government, Non-Government and Community-based organisations at state, national and international level.
Dr Horas Wong
Horas Wong is a clinician-researcher with a background in nursing, public health, anthropology and health social sciences. Before completing his PhD at UNSW, which focused on the experiences of Chinese Australian gay men, he conducted social and epidemiological research on HIV among marginalised groups in Hong Kong and Australia. He is currently working on a number of sexual health research projects for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia, as well as providing HIV and sexual health care as a frontline clinician.