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Research Profiles

Associate Professor Catherine C O'Connor Associate Professor Catherine C O'Connor
  • Director Sexual Health Service, Community Health , Sydney Local Health District
  • Executive Clinical Director Community Health, Sydney Local Health District
  • Conjoint Associate Professor, Kirby Institute, University of NSW
  • Conjoint Associate Professor, Central Clinical School, Sydney University

Dr O’Connor is a sexual health and HIV physician and has been the Director of the Sexual Health Service since 1996. Dr O’Connor has a broad research interest in the field of sexual health medicine, with a focus on the epidemiology of HIV, Chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections in sex workers and gay men. In addition, Dr O’Connor works as a HIV clinical teacher in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Dr O’Connor is on the board of the Australasian Society of HIV Medicine and is well known for her interest in general practitioner education.
Dr O’Connor has had twenty-five peer reviewed papers published in the last ten years in the area of HIV and sexual health medicine.

Associate Professor David J Templeton Professor David J Templeton
  • Clinic Manager & Senior Staff Specialist, RPA Sexual Health, Sydney Local Health District Community Health Services
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Senior Lecturer, Kirby Institute, University of NSW

Associate Professor Templeton has worked extensively on cohort studies investigating risk factors for HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among HIV negative (Health in Men (HIM) study) and HIV-positive (Positive Health (pH) study) gay men in Sydney. His current research focus is as Chief Investigator of the Study for the Prevention of Anal Cancer (SPANC) - a 3-year NHMRC/Cancer Council-funded cohort study investigating the natural history of anal human papillomavirus infection and pre-cancerous anal lesions in gay men in an effort to prevent anal cancer in this population. He is also site Principle Investigator (2009-current) for the Australian HIV Observational Database – a clinic-based cohort which monitor trends in antiretroviral treatment use and HIV disease outcomes among patients with HIV in Australia; and site Principle Investigator (2012-current) of the Opposites Attract cohort study which is exploring a range of issues involving HIV transmission and viral load in gay male serodiscordant (HIV-positive/HIV-negative) men. In the past 10 years, A/Prof Templeton has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles in the scientific literature and since 2012 has been a named Chief investigator on competitive research grants totalling over $2.5 million.

Recent research honours have included the prestigious ICAAC Program Committee Award (Epidemiology of Infection) from the American Society for Microbiology in 2012 and the 2014 Royal Australasian College of Physicians Outstanding Contribution to Research in Sexual Health Medicine Award for his body of research to date. He has been an invited keynote and plenary speaker at several national and international conferences and also regularly presents his original research findings at international conferences.