Meet the AusPATH 2022 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: they/them) 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.
Sarah Bowman (she/her) is a registrar clinical psychologist, doctoral researcher, and member of the transgender and gender diverse community. Her clinical work with adolescents and adults focuses on helping clients to develop resilience and an authentic sense of self. As a published researcher she is passionate about transgender and gender diverse mental health and quality of life. As an advocate she is involved in public speaking, lecturing, and peer-training on gender diversity and inclusivity.
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.
Cristyn Davies (she/her) is a Research Fellow in the Specialty of Child and Adolescent Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney Clinical School, Children’s Hospital Westmead, and is a researcher in the Wellbeing, Health and Youth NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health. Cristyn is also the co-chair of the research subcommittee of AusPATH. In addition to her appointment as Research Fellow, for eight years she was co-chair/board director of Twenty10 Inc Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service NSW, which provides support services (housing, psychosocial support, housing, health, and legal clinics) to gender and sexuality diverse young people. She is currently an ambassador for Twenty10. Cristyn has extensive experience in organisational governance, advocacy, and research focused on trans young people’s health and wellbeing.
Dr Manoji Gunathilake is a Sexual Health Physician and the the Head of Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Unit at the Centre for Disease Control in Darwin. She holds an adjunct senior lecturer position at Kirby Institute of University of New South Wales.