Stephen brings over two decades of experience working in the area of blood borne viruses, specifically in designing, collaborating and leading research and training programs across Australia and Asia. Stephen was a Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe University for twelve years, conducting strategic research on increasing the health and wellbeing of communities often associated with HIV and viral hepatitis. Of note is his work on barriers to hepatitis C treatment with indigenous and CALD communities in Victoria and his work with Queensland Health on shared care for hepatitis C treatment.
Stephen’s research is underpinned by a collaborative approach valuing partnership with affected communities. This approach informed his work leading a multi-country research capacity development program to strengthen the strategic response to HIV in Southeast Asia, which involved designing, delivering and managing a training and mentoring program across Southeast Asia. From 2009-2011, Stephen was appointed to the Ministerial Viral Hepatitis Task Force to provide policy advice to the Victorian Department of Health and to the Minister of Health. Stephen now sits on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services’ Hepatitis C Elimination Working Group.