STIs in remote Australia

ABC Health Report, Monday 18 March 2019 5:45 PM

Leading Aboriginal researcher Associate Professor James Ward* is calling for action in remote Australia to deal with a preventable epidemic of sexually transmissible infections — including syphilis — in a population that’s no more sexually active than non-Indigenous people of the same age.  

He joined Dr Norman Swan’s Health Report on ABC RN.

Later this month James will present to the National Rural Health Conference about addressing sexually transmitted infections in remote Australia.

*James Ward is Associate Professor, Flinders University; & Head of Infectious Diseases Research, Aboriginal Health, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. 



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The Seventh South Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture

To be delivered by Professor Suzanne Franzway, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of South Australia

6pm Thursday 6th October at Flinders University Victoria Square: Level 2, 182 Victoria Square (southeast corner of the Flinders Street and  Victoria Square intersection)

Everyone is welcome, there is no cost.

Chair: Sarah Wendt, Professor in Social Work, Flinders University

Suzanne Franzway’s work is motivated by the puzzles and passions of the politics of everyday life and social justice. Suzanne’s books include Challenging Knowledge, Sex and Power: Gender, Work and Engineering (2013); Making Feminist Politics: Transnational Alliances between Women and Labor (2011); Sexual Politics and Greedy Institutions: Union Women, Commitments and Conflicts in Public and in Private (2001) and Staking a Claim: Feminism, Bureaucracy and the State (Allen & Unwin, 1989).She is a long standing member of the Management Committee of the Working Women’s Centre.

The Public Lecture promotes the presence of feminist scholarship and related critical intellectual work in our universities; brings together a community interested in feminist work; and creates a public opportunity to hear a prominent scholar talk about their work.

Sponsored by Women’s Studies, School of Social and Policy Studies at Flinders University; the Discipline of Gender Studies and Social Analysis and the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender at the University of Adelaide; and the Research Centre for Gender Studies at the University of South Australia.

Please RSVP (and for more information please contact)

Download flyer (PDF)  here 7th Gender Studies Annual Lecture A4 Flyer-2

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Fertility and family planning survey

Description of the study:

This survey is for a study which forms part of the project entitled ‘Australians’ perceptions of fertility and attitudes towards ovarian reserve testing’. This project will investigate Australian men and women’s perceptions of the change in female fertility potential with increasing age and their attitudes towards ovarian reserve testing.

This project is supported by Flinders University School of Medicine.

Ovarian Reserve Testing:

ACOG say that “the concept of “ovarian reserve” defines a woman’s reproductive potential as a function of the number and quality of her remaining oocytes (eggs). The general purpose of ovarian reserve testing is to assess the quality and quantity of the remaining oocytes in an attempt to predict reproductive potential.”

Purpose of the study:

This project aims to:

  • Determine Australian men and women’s understanding of the natural change in
    fertility potential with increasing age. Specifically, we are targeting responses from
    people of reproductive age (18-45years) who do not have children.
  • Determine what factors influence both women and men’s decision regarding when
    to start a family.
  • Determine both women and men’s views regarding the potential benefits and risks
    of ovarian reserve testing for “reproductive life planning”. Ovarian reserve testing
    refers to medical assessments which may identify those women experiencing
    premature “aging” of their ovaries.

Link to survey: 

Please click the link below to take part in an anonymous 15 minute online survey about Australians’ understanding of fertility and attitudes towards fertility testing. The study is being run by Alisha Thompson, Professor Kelton Tremellen and Professor Sheryl de Lacey of Flinders University of South Australia.

The survey is open to Australian residents aged between 18 and 45 who do not have children. If you meet these criteria and are interested in participating, please follow this Survey Monkey link:

Information Sheet for study:

Please click on link below (PDF)

Information Sheet (2)