Meet the AusPATH 2021 Organising Committee
Associate Professor Ashleigh Lin is a NHMRC Career Development Fellow and the Program Head of Mental Health and Youth at the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth. Her research focuses on the mental health of young people with a particular focus on marginalised groups of young people, including trans youth.
Fiona is a GP in Brisbane, Qld, and current President of AusPATH. She has a long history of providing gender affirming care to the trans and gender diverse community, and has been involved in numerous educational initiatives to improve the medical care of trans people. She is also an HIV prescriber, is on the ASHM Treatment Guidelines Committee, and has been the medical columnist for Q News magazine for the last 11 years as “Doc Q”.
Dr P Cundill (Pronoun: the/they) is a Darwin based General Practitioner with a special interest in gender affirming care, LGBTIQA+ health, HIV, hepatitis, and sexual health.
Dr P also works as a Medical Educator at NTGPE (Northern Territory General Practice Education) in a teaching role, supporting and mentoring trainee GPs throughout the Northern Territory.
Dr Belinda Chaplin (pronouns: please use my name) is a registered nurse and experiences life as a trans woman. Belinda is a strong advocate for the local trans community and was instrumental in having the Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act in the NT modernised to remove the onerous sterilisation requirements and the inclusion of non-binary as a gender option. In Belinda’s work at NTAHC, the social and emotional wellbeing of trans people is paramount. Outside of work, Belinda has lived in Darwin for the past five years and loves the relaxed lifestyle, the friendliness and diversity of the locals, and the amazing sunsets.
Dr Michelle Tollit is a Postdoctoral Research Officer at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and is the Evaluation Coordinator at The Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service in Melbourne, Australia. Michelle is also the co-chair of the research subcommittee of AusPATH. Through her research, Michelle endeavours to better understand the health care needs of trans, gender diverse and non-binary children and adolescents. She is also interested in assessing outcomes of treatment provision to inform clinical care and is a co-author of the first ever clinical guidelines specific for trans children and adolescents.
Penelope Strauss (she/her) is currently a Research Fellow in Youth Suicide Prevention at the Telethon Kids Institute and an adjunct research fellow at the University of Western Australia. Her current research aims to decrease rates of suicidality among LGBTQA+ young people. Penelope received her Master of Public Health and PhD from the University of Western Australia. She recently led the Trans Pathways project, the seminal study conducted on the mental health of trans and gender diverse young people in Australia and barriers experienced when accessing medical and mental health services.