Mr James Ward

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Associate Professor James Ward is an Indigenous health researcher with more than 15 years experience working within Aboriginal health and communities in Australia. He is a descendent of the Pitjantajarra and Nurrunga clans of central and south Australia and has a strong interest in building capabilities in communities to enable self determination and control of Aboriginal peoples’ own health. He has a strong background in community-based research in urban, regional and rural Australia, specialising in sexual and adolescent health. He joined Baker IDI in 2012 from the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales, where he was a Senior Lecturer and Program Head of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Program. James provides advice to government committees, including the Federal Ministerial Advisory Committee on BBVs and STIs and the Northern Territory Government Sexual Health Advisory Group. In 2010, James was the lead writer of the third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) Strategy 2010-2013. He has also presented at numerous national and international conferences.

James is currently involved in several key research studies relating to STIs and reproductive health in Aboriginal communities. He is a Chief Investigator on a $2.5m NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence to conduct innovative research to identify new approaches to diagnosing and managing STIs and BBVs, while developing improved clinical guidelines and research capacity within the sector. His other research projects include STRIVE, Australia's  largest randomised community trial among adults in Aboriginal health that aims to reduce long standing STI rates in remote communities across north and central Australia and GOANNA, a national survey of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people awarded through the Australian Research Council.