ASHM prides itself on a diverse board with representatives from various states and territories, as well as New Zealand. Read our board members' biographies and learn about their collective experience and skills.
President – A/Prof Mark Alastair Boyd (SA)
Mark Boyd is an Associate Professor of Medicine and a Senior NHMRC Research Fellow working in the Sexual Health Program of The Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia. He is an active HIV/Infectious Diseases physician working in community practice at The Albion Centre and Holdsworth House Medical Practice in inner-city Sydney. Over the past seven years Mark has attracted >$17 million AUD in research funding including a $12.4 million USD grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the conduct of the Encore research program of antiretroviral (ART) dose optimisation. The main study, a randomised, blinded comparison between efavirenz 600mg and 400mg (both given with a tenofovir/emticitabine fixed-dose combination in ART-naïve patients) was published in Lancet in 2014.
In 2013 he published in Lancet the SECOND-LINE randomised, controlled trial which established the efficacy of WHO-recommended second line ART and showed that a simpler NtRTI-sparing regimen bestows non-inferior efficacy over 96-weeks of follow-up. He has authored more than 80 articles in the peer-reviewed literature and six book chapters.
President-Elect – Dr Mark Bloch (NSW)
Mark has been working in the field of HIV medicine since 1983; he was a doctor at Sydney Hospital and Albion St AIDS clinic prior to being a director at Holdsworth House. He has completed his Masters in Medicine, HIV and Sexual Health from University of Sydney, and he is a past President of the Sexual Health Society of NSW. He is the director of clinical trials at Holdsworth House and actively involved in clinical research in HIV and STIs, co-joint lecturer at University of NSW, and a member of medical advisory boards.
Vice President – Dr Elizabeth Crock (VIC)
Dr Liz Crock is a Registered Nurse who first worked in HIV in the early 1990s as an HIV Clinical Nurse Specialist at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital in Melbourne. She has worked with the Royal District Nursing Service HIV Team as Clinical Nurse Consultant in Melbourne for the last 14 years, and is the current Vice President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANZANAC). Liz has a longstanding interest in ethics in HIV nursing and has completed a PhD on this subject. In 2013, Liz was awarded the International Centre for Nursing Ethics Human Rights Award for her advocacy in developing specialist HIV community nursing roles and in working with the Victorian AIDS Council in developing and strengthening the Partnership Agreement between RDNS and Victorian AIDS Council that ensures an integrated model of community-based care and support for people living with HIV. She recently completed a Master of Public Health through the University of Melbourne.
Vice President – A/Prof Catherine O'Connor (NSW)
A/Prof Catherine O'Connor is the Director of Sexual Health Service for Sydney Local Health District and is based at RPA Sexual Health, in the inner west of Sydney. She is also Executive Clinical Director for Community Health in Sydney Local Health District. She holds a conjoint appointment at the Kirby Institute, UNSW and the Central Clinical School, Sydney University.
Catherine is the current Oceania Vice Chair of IUSTI-Asia Pacific. She has many years of involvement in medical education and medical research. She is a site mentor in ASHM's HIV clinical mentoring program in PNG. She has an interest in Epidemiology of HIV & STI in Australasia, HIV/AIDS, Chlamydia and HPV infections.
Dr Joan Ingram (NZ)
Joan Ingram is an Infectious Diseases Physician working at Auckland City Hospital. She is a member of the multidisciplinary team there which is responsible for care of all HIV positive patients in the northern region of New Zealand. She has been involved in the care of HIV patients since 1987 and is pleased to have an opportunity to contribute to HIV care through being on the ASHM board. Joan is a clinician primarily but has been involved in clinical studies.
Joan attended the University of Auckland and completed her Physician training in Auckland, Duke University in North Carolina and then as an HIV Fellow at the University of Maryland.
Dr Claire Italiano (WA)
Claire Italiano is an Infectious Diseases Physician at Royal Perth Hospital, who works clinically in the fields of both viral hepatitis and HIV. Her background is as a general infectious diseases physician with an interest in tropical medicine and a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She previously worked at University Malaya Medical Centre for two years (2010-2012) where much of her clinical work was in HIV. This experience gave her an insight into HIV care and management in the region. More recently, she has been actively involved in a number of ASHM led education initiatives provided in both metropolitan and rural Western Australia aimed at promoting management of viral hepatitis in the primary care setting. Along with involvement in a regional HIV clinic in WA, she is particularly interested in improving the accessibility to care for those persons with viral hepatitis and HIV living in rural and remote regions of Australia.
Dr David Iser (VIC)
Dr David M Iser is a Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist with 10 years clinical experience in Gastroenterology. His special interests include Viral Hepatitis Treatment (Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C), Bowel Cancer Screening, Reflux Disease and new treatments in Irritable Bowel Disease.
Dr Iser obtained his Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1997 with Honours. He was admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2004, specializing in Gastroenterology.
His public hospital appointments include the Alfred Hospital, where he is a VMO Gastroenterologist in the Infectious Diseases Clinic, and St Vincent's Hospital. Dr Iser is also a part of various research activities, including ongoing research in the treatment of Acute Hepatitis C, as well as the use of FibroScan (a non-invasive measure of liver stiffness now available in Melbourne), particularly in HIV and HBV. Dr Iser has also published multiple papers in various peer-reviewed journals.
|||A/Prof Gail Matthews (NSW)|
Dr Gail Matthews is an ID physician with a strong background in HIV and hepatitis. She has extensive clinical and research experience in both areas and also holds an academic appointment in the Viral Hepatitis program at Kirby Institute. She has had involvement in many prior ASHM led initiatives and teaching programs including HCV S100 programs, B positive and ASHM conferences. She has an ideal background to contribute to the Board particularly as ASHM continues to expand into viral hepatitis in addition to HIV.
Clinical Associate Professor Louise Owen (TAS)
Louise Owen is a Sexual Health Physician who has been working in the area of sexual health for many years. She is currently the Director of the Statewide Sexual Health Service in Tasmania, based in Hobart. Her interest in sexual health and HIV began during her general practice roles at The Prahran Market Clinic and the Middle Park Clinic with Dr Peter Meese.
Louise is raising the profile of Sexual Health in Tasmania managing the service and encouraging GPs to be involved in HIV shared care. Louise lectures to Tertiary, Post Graduate and undergraduates around HIV, sexual health and related topics. She writes regularly for the gay press and sits on a number of steering committees covering matters such as nPEP, Syphilis and HIV. Louise is an ASHM board member.
Dr Tom Turnbull (VIC)
Tom is the Chief Medical Officer for Correct Care Australasia, which provides the primary healthcare to 13 Corrections Victoria correctional centres across the State of Victoria. He is responsible for the provision of strategic management and clinical leadership for the GP, Dental and Allied Health Practitioner workforce. His role provides strategic oversight for the development of innovative models of primary care clinical services, clinical governance and education, and facilitate the conduct of primary care research.
He is also a General Practitioner at Centre Clinic in St Kilda Melbourne, managed by Victorian AIDS Council, that provides general health care for gay men, lesbians and trans people, as well as specialist medical care for people living with HIV and expert sexual health screening and
Olga Vujovic (VIC)
Olga Vujovic is an Infectious Diseases physician based within the statewide Victorian HIV Service at the Alfred where she works in a multidisciplinary team providing outreach services, care for individuals with complex needs and clinical support/mentoring to a range of clinicians. In the context of this work she has developed an interest in clinical ethics and has completed postgraduate studies in this area. Olga is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Dept of Infectious Disease, Monash University, where her main interest is in infectious diseases education. She has had a leadership role in HIV education to GPs in Victoria for many years.
Dr Trent Yarwood (QLD)
Trent is an infectious diseases physician at Cairns Hospital, where he is responsible for the antimicrobial stewardship program. He also sees patients at the Cairns Sexual Health clinic where he has an interest in managing HIV+ patients with medical comorbidities. Trent is undertaking post-fellowship training in public health medicine as part of the communicable disease control team at Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns). His current research is on Group A Streptococcal skin diseases, and medical staff attitudes towards antibiotic prescribing and antibiotic resistance. His other clinical interests are infection control in healthcare settings and in communicable disease epidemiology.
Trent is an adjunct Senior Lecturer with the James Cook University School of Medicine & Dentistry, and an Associate Lecturer with the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School. He has two children and is a member of the JCU Fencing Squad.