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Dr Adam Bourne Associate Professor, Aust Res Ctr Sex Hlth&Soc

I am currently Associate Professor of Public Health and Deputy Director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society (ARCSHS). Prior to joining ARCSHS in early 2017, I spent a decade working with the Sigma Research group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. During this time I led a number of national and international qualitative studies that explored HIV risk and prevention behaviours among gay and bisexual men, as well as community surveys and sexual health needs assessments of people living with HIV.

At ARCSHS, I take a leading role in the development of research that examines the health and well-being of LGBTIQ populations, at both a domestic level and in an international context. This includes leadership of 'Writing Themselves In 4: A national survey of health and well-being among LGBTIQ young people in Australia' and of several studies relating to mental health. I also maintain active involvement in HIV research among key populations, including the TRANSFORM bio-behavioural study, which examines social and sexual networks of men who have sex with men in Kenya and South Africa. I am fortunate to work in collaboration with a number of community-based, national and supra-national organisations. Between mid 2015 and late 2016, I took a part time secondment to work with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, helping to develop the research and evaluation capacity of the secretariat and a wide range of country level linking organisations in Africa and South East Asia. I am currently a member of the Global Advocacy Platform to Fast-Track the HIV and Human Rights Response for Men who have Sex with Men, hosted by the MSM Global Forum and UNAIDS.

Throughout my carrier I have received funding from a variety of sources, including: Australian state and territory governments; the UK Department for International Development; the Wellcome Trust; the Canadian Institute for Health Research; NGOs and community-based organisations.

I maintain an honorary appointment at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, through which I co-supervises a number of PhD students who examine new HIV prevention and testing technologies. I'm currently an Associate Editor of the journal 'Sexually Transmitted Infections' and sit on the Board of Directors of Thorne Harbour Health (previously the Victorian AIDS Council). In January of 2020 I was appointed to the Victorian Whole of Government LGBTIQ Taskforce and also serve as Co-Chair of its Health and Human Services Working Group.


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