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Professor and Program Head, Kirby Institute, UNSW

Basil Donovan is a NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and a registered Sexual Health and Public Health Physician. He heads the Sexual Health Program at the Kirby Institute The Program is involved in wide-ranging research, including national surveillance networks. Professor Donovan is on the Board (President 2013 – 2015) of the International Society for STD Research

Research interests:
Populations of interest include sex workers, gay men, youth, Indigenous people living in rural and remote settings, travellers, prisoners, and juvenile offenders.

Other research interests:
Enhanced and molecular surveillance, antimicrobial resistance, the population impact of STI vaccines, the health impact of the law and human rights, health services, rapid and advanced testing technology, and economic evaluation


  • 2005–2018
    Professor and Program Head, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney