2016 HIV Women's Seminar Presentations

Our fourth HIV Women’s Seminar was held on the 24th of June 2016 at the Maritime Room in Auckland's Viaduct district. Over a 100 people attended representing a wide range of professions.


Dr Sue McAllister – AIDS Epidemiology Group, Otago University

Dr Sue McAllister gave an update on the HIV and AIDS statistics for New Zealand with a particular focus on women. She also gave an outline on the HIV notification process, the changes that are being proposed and the implications of these changes.

Read her presentation here







Picture above: Dr Sue McAllister


Rebecca Flanagan - HIV Paediatric Nurse Starship Children's Hospital

Rebecca gave an overview what service Starship provides in regards to HIV Paediatrics and demographics. The focus of her talk was on adolescents and how they support them in the challanges they face.

Read her presentation here

Picture above: Rebecca Flanagan

Dominic Ray-Chaudhuri - Consultant Hepatologist, NZ Liver Transplant Unit, Auckland Hospital

Dominic spoke about HIV and Hepatitis coinfection. People with HIV infection are often affected by viral hepatitis; about one-third are coinfected with either HBV or HCV, which can cause long-term illness and death. More people living with HIV have HCV than HBV. Dominic spoke about why people with HIV who are co-infected with either HBV or HCV are at increased risk for serious, life threatening complications and how best to treat such people and the importance of testing of HBV and HCB for people living with HIV>

Dr Stephen Ritchie – HIV Specialist, Auckland Hospital 

Dr Stephen Ritchie presented on "Growing older with HIV" and reviewed recent advances in knowledge about the againg process and related these back to living with HIV.

Dr Alison Copland – General Practitioner, Freemans Bay Medical Centre

Dr Alison Copland spoke about HIV in general medical practise. In 1985 she met her first patient with HIV. The session covered her experience of caring for positive women and their families in the context of general practice.