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Prof Jane Ussher, NSW | President Elect

Jane Ussher is Professor of Women’s Health Psychology, at the Western Sydney University, Australia. She is editor of the Routledge Women and Psychology book series, and author of a number of books, including: ‘The Psychology of the Female Body, Women’s Madness: Misogyny or Mental Illness? Fantasies of Femininity: Reframing the Boundaries of Sex’, ‘Managing the Monstrous Feminine: Regulating the Reproductive Body’, and ‘The Madness of Women: Myth and Experience”. Her current research is on sexuality and fertility in the context of cancer, premenstrual distress, and sexuality of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women.


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A/Prof Susan Carr, VIC | Past President

Formerly Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health in Scotland, with remit for running services for minority and deprived women. Head of Psychosexual Service at the Royal Womens Hospital, Melbourne in 2009. Member of the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine, UK. Various publications including book chapters on sexuality, and sexuality and cancer. Extensive lecturing and teaching experience.


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Prof Janette Perz, NSW | Treasurer

Professor Janette Perz, is the Director of the Centre for Health Research at the Western Sydney University and researches in the field of reproductive and sexual health with a particular focus on gendered experiences, subjectivity and identity. She has undertaken a significant research program in sexual and reproductive health including the experience of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in heterosexual and lesbian relationships; the development of and evaluation of a couple-based psychological intervention for PMS; sexual wellbeing and reproductive needs in CALD populations; and sexual and psychological wellbeing during menopause and midlife. She has demonstrated expertise in research design and analysis, and mixed-methods research.


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Dr Jennifer Marino, VIC | Secretary 

Dr Marino is an epidemiologist specialising in the study of women's reproductive and sexual health. She trained at the University of Washington and University of California, Berkeley. In 2008 she moved to Australia to join the Lifecourse and Intergenerational Health Group at Adelaide's Robinson Institute. In 2011 she joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne and Royal Women’s Hospital. She is the team epidemiologist for the interdisciplinary specialty Menopause Symptoms after Cancer clinic, where she conducts clinical observational and intervention studies. She also works with Western Australia's Raine Cohort, a large birth cohort currently in its 27th year of follow-up, chiefly concerning predictors of health-related risk behaviours.


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Jade Bilardi, VIC

Dr Jade Bilardi is a Senior Research Fellow in the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre at Monash University and an honorary fellow in the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne.  She is an experienced social health researcher specialising in the field of sexual and reproductive health.  Her current program of research and study involvement includes: women’s experiences of bacterial vaginosis (BV); resource development for improved awareness and management of BV; STI partner notification experiences; women’s experiences of medical termination of pregnancy; and improved social and healthcare support for women experiencing miscarriage. Jade specialises in qualitative and mixed methods research.


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Dr Marita Long, TAS

Dr. Marita Long graduated with a MBBS from the University of Tasmania in 2007 and after working at the Royal Hobart Hospital for some years she went on to specialise in general practice, becoming a fellow of the RACGP in 2013.

Marita is highly engaged in her profession and in addition to working in general practice she works as a medical educator and as a clinician for Family Planning Tasmania. Marita has a strong interest in women’s physical and psychological health and wellbeing across the lifespan.


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Dr Michelle Peate, VIC

Michelle is the Program Leader, Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research (emPoWeR) Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Women's Hospital, University of Melbourne. Her research encompasses psychology, cancer and reproductive health. Her work is internationally recognised and has resulted in a number of accolades, including a Young Tall Poppy Award, and patient resources (e.g. fertility and breast cancer decision aid and breast cancer and early menopause booklet). Current projects include the development of fertility decision tools for women with breast cancer, parents of children with cancer, and women considering non-medical egg freezing, and an intervention for sexual problems following cancer.


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PROFESSOR CAROLINE SMITH, NSW

Professor Caroline Smith is Dean of the Graduate Research School (Policy and Innovation) and a researcher with NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, and leads the Healthy Women research theme.  Caroline is an experienced clinical researcher with a research focus on complementary health approaches examining the evidence based including the conduct of randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews during pregnancy and for women experiencing infertility. Caroline has an H index of 33 and has been published in high ranking journals including JAMA and the Lancet.  Her research has influenced clinical practice through the in clinical practice guidelines. 


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Dr Mariana S. Sousa, NSW

Dr Mariana S. Sousa started her career overseas as a medical practitioner providing outstanding care in gynaecologic and obstetrical practice with a focus on breast and gynaecologic oncology. In 2016, Dr Sousa completed her Doctorate degree (PhD) at the University of NSW Australia. Although still early in her career, she has successfully led and collaborated on a number of projects and has made significant advances in the field of genitourinary and sexual health after breast cancer, emerging as a leading expert in this field. She has received a number of grants and award, published in peer reviewed journals and presented at various national and international conferences. Her research interests and expertise are in the areas of breast cancer, menopause, oncofertility, reproductive health, cancer genetics and services evaluation. 


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wendy vanselow

Dr Wendy Vanselow (MBBS, PhD, B.Ed, FECSM, DRCOG, FRACGP, FASPM) is Head of Psychosexual Medicine at RWH.  She has a background in General Practice and a PhD in psychiatry.

Dr Vanselow studied sexual medicine at Oxford University and became an inaugural Fellow of the European Committee for Sexual Medicine in 2012. At RWH she also consults in the Menopause after Cancer clinic, Menopause clinic, Choices clinic and has a special interest in menstrual cycle mood disorders. She is part of the multidisciplinary team in the Vulva clinic and completed the ISSVD postgraduate course in 2005. She is a certifiied Advanced Couple Therapist (Relationships Australia 2007).


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alana hulme-chambers

Alana Hulme-Chambers is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health, The University of Melbourne. She has conducted research and evaluation for state and local government, not-for-profit organisations and universities. Her research interests are usually located within rural and regional contexts and include (broadly) the social determinants of health as well as specific issues related to sexual and reproductive health service delivery, and access to these services by those at highest risk of poorest health outcomes. Alana worked in state government and the community health sector for 12 years before moving into the university sector in 2012.


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Amy Moten

Dr Amy Moten is the Coordinator: Medical Education at SHINE SA where she is responsible for providing clinical training to doctors, registered nurses and midwives and other health professionals in South Australia. She received her FRACGP in the Northern Territory after working at the Royal Darwin Hospital with a focus on Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Paediatrics.

Amy is a passionate advocate of Long Acting Reversible Contraception and is both an IUD and contraceptive implant trainer. She also works as a clinician at SHINE SA and in private general practice.


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Laura whitburn (B.PHYSIO)

Laura Whitburn started her career as a Physiotherapist before transitioning into tertiary education and research. She is currently Lecturer of Anatomy and Deputy Head of Discipline at La Trobe University. Laura's research aims to develop a better understanding of the complex experience of labour pain, including an exploration of the role of cognitive, social and environmental factors in shaping a woman's pain experience during childbirth. Her research also covers concepts including theoretical models of pain and pain assessment tools. Laura also undertakes extensive research in the area of education. Her teaching interests include neuroanatomy of the brain and nervous system.


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Helena Obermair

Junior Medical Officer, Liverpool Hospital, South West  Sydney Local Health District

@HelenaObermair