Relevant and current publications authored by our Chief Investigators.


Young Aboriginal people’s engagement with STI testing in the Northern Territory, Australia. Bell S, Aggleton P, Ward J, Murray W, Silver B, Lockyer A, Ferguson T, Fairley CK, Whiley D, Ryder N, Donovan B, Guy R, Kaldor J, Maher L. BMC Public Health. 2020; 20:459. Published online Apr 6.

Setting the record straight: sexually transmissible infections and sexual abuse in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Ward JS, Hengel B, Ah Chee D, Havnen O, Boffa JD. Med J Aust. 2020;Published online 17 February.


Incomplete recording of Indigenous identification status under-estimates the prevalence of Indigenous population attending Australian general practices: a cross sectional study. Ford BK, Kong M, Ward JS, Hocking JS, Fairley CK, Donovan B, Lorch R, Spark S, Law M, Kaldor J, Guy R. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Aug 14;19(1):567.

Strategies to improve control of sexually transmissible infections in remote Australian Aboriginal communities: a stepped-wedge, cluster-randomised trial. Ward J, Guy RJ, Rumbold AR, McGregor S, Wand H, McManus H, Dyda A, Garton L, Hengel B, Silver BJ, Taylor-Thomson D, Knox J, Donovan B, Law M, Maher L, Fairley CK, Skov S, Ryder N, Moore E, Mein J, Reeve C, Ah Chee D, Boffa J, Kaldor JM; STRIVE investigators. Lancet Glob Health. 2019;7(11):e1553-e1563.

Analysis of diagnostic data for sexually transmissible infections in South Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (2008–16). Elliott SR, Betts S, Hobbs K, Wand H, Rumbold AR, Ward J, Johnson DR. Sex Health. 2019;Epub ahead of print.

Qualitative perspectives on the sustainability of sexual health continuous quality improvement in clinics serving remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. Gunaratnam P, Schierhout G, Brands J, Maher L, Bailie R, Ward J, Guy R, Rumbold A, Ryder N, Fairley C, Donovan B, Moore L, Kaldor J, Bell S. BMJ Open. 2019;9:e026679.


An audit on the management and outcomes of infants at risk of congenital syphilis in the Top End of the Northern Territory, Australia, 2005-2013. Rode NBA, Ryder N, Su JY. Commun Dis Intell. 2018;42. pii: S2209-6051(18)00018-0. Epub 2018 Dec 17

Molecular point-of-care testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in Indigenous Australians attending remote primary health services (TTANGO): a cluster-randomised, controlled, crossover trial. Guy RJ, Ward J, Causer LM, Natoli L, Badman SG, Tangey A, Hengel B, Wand H, Whiley D, Tabrizi SN, Shephard M, Fairley CK, Donovan B, Anderson DA, Regan DG, Maher L, Kaldor JM. Lancet Infect Dis. 2018 Oct;18(10):1117-1126.

Molecular test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea used at point of care in remote primary healthcare settings: a diagnostic test evaluation. Causer LM, Guy RJ, Tabrizi SN, Whiley DM, Speers DJ, Ward J, Tangey A, Badman SG, Hengel B, Natoli LJ, Anderson DA, Wand H, Wilson D, Regan DG, Shephard M, Donovan B, Fairley CK, Kaldor JM. Sex Transm Infect. 2018 Aug;94(5):340-345.

Changing pattern of sexually transmissible infections and HIV diagnosed in public sexual health services compared with other locations in New South Wales, 2010-14. Bourne C, Lam M, Selvey C, Guy R, Callander D. Sex Health. 2018;15(4) 366-369.

Priorities for preventing a concentrated HIV epidemic among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Ward J, Hawke K, Guy R. Med J Aust. 2018;209(1):56.

HIV incidence in Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations in Australia: a population-level observational study. Ward J, McManus H, McGregor S, Hawke K, Giele C, Su J, McDonald A, Guy R, Donovan B, Kaldor JM. The Lancet HIV. 2018 Sep 1;5(9):e506-e514.

Perspectives of primary health care staff on the implementation of a sexual health quality improvement program: a qualitative study in remote aboriginal communities in Australia. Hengel B, Bell S, Garton L, Ward J, Rumbold A, Taylor-Thomson D, Silver B, McGregor S, Dyda A, Knox J, Guy R, Maher L, Kaldor JM; STRIVE Investigators. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Apr 2;18(1):230.

Indigenous Youth Peer-Led Health Promotion in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States: A Systematic Review of the Approaches, Study Designs, and Effectiveness. Vujcich D, Thomas J, Crawford K, Ward J. Front Public Health. 2018 Feb 13;6:31.

Evaluation of the Deadly Liver Mob program: insights for roll-out and scale-up of a pilot program to engage Aboriginal Australians in hepatitis C and sexual health education, screening, and care. Treloar C, Hopwood M, Cama E, Saunders V, Jackson LC, Walker M, Ooi C, Ubrihien A, Ward J. Harm Reduct J. 2018 Feb 1;15(1):5.

Low education levels are associated with early age of sexual debut, drug use and risky sexual behaviours among young Indigenous Australians. Wand H, Bryant J, Worth H, Pitts M, Kaldor JM, Delaney-Thiele D, Ward J. Sex Health. 2018 Feb;15(1):68-75.

Risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease in Relation to Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Testing, Repeat Testing, and Positivity: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Reekie J, Donovan B, Guy R, Hocking JS, Kaldor JM, Mak DB, Pearson S, Preen D, Stewart L, Ward J, Liu B; Chlamydia and Reproductive Health Outcome Investigators ; Chlamydia and Reproductive Health Outcome Investigators . Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Jan 18;66(3):437-443.


Development of a Risk Algorithm to Better Target STI Testing and Treatment Among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Wand H, Bryant J, Pitts M, Delaney-Thiele D, Kaldor JM, Worth H, Ward J. Arch Sex Behav. 2017;46(7):2145-2156.

Patient, staffing and health centre factors associated with annual testing for sexually transmissible infections in remote primary health centres. Hengel B, Wand H, Ward J, Rumbold A, Garton L, Taylor-Thomson D, Silver B, McGregor S, Dyda A, Mein J, Knox J, Maher L, Kaldor J, Guy R; STRIVE Investigators. Sex Health. 2017;14(3):274-281.

Trends in the prevalence of hepatitis B infection among women giving birth in New South Wales. Deng L, Reekie J, Ward JS, Hayen A, Kaldor JM, Kong M, Hunt JM, Liu B. Med J Aust. 2017;206(7):301-305.

Human papillomavirus vaccination and genital warts in young Indigenous Australians: national sentinel surveillance data. Ali H, McManus H, O’Connor CC, Callander D, Kong M, Graham S, Saulo D, Fairley CK, Regan DG, Grulich A, Low N, Guy RJ, Donovan B. Med J Aust. 2017;206(5):204-209.

Wide variation in sexually transmitted infection testing and counselling at Aboriginal primary health care centres in Australia: analysis of longitudinal continuous quality improvement data. Nattabi B, Matthews V, Bailie J, Rumbold A, Scrimgeour D, Schierhout G, Ward J, Guy R, Kaldor J, Thompson SC, Bailie R. BMC Infect Dis. 2017;17(1):148. Free PMC Article


Hepatitis B immunization for indigenous adults, Australia. Wattiaux AL, Yin JK, Beard F, Wesselingh S, Cowie B, Ward J, Macartney K. Bull World Health Organ. 2016;94(11):826-834A. Free PMC Article

High chlamydia and gonorrhoea repeat positivity in remote Aboriginal communities 2009-2011: longitudinal analysis of testing for re-infection at 3 months suggests the need for more frequent screening. Garton L, Dyda A, Guy R, Silver B, McGregor S, Hengel B, Rumbold A, Taylor-Thomson D, Knox J, Maher L, Kaldor J, Ward J; STRIVE Investigators. Sex Health. 2016;13(6):568-574.

The Molecular Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Resistance of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Australia: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Study, 2012. Trembizki E, Wand H, Donovan B, Chen M, Fairley CK, Freeman K, Guy R, Kaldor JM, Lahra MM, Lawrence A, Lau C, Pearson J, Regan DG, Ryder N, Smith H, Stevens K, Su JY, Ward J, Whiley DM. Clin Infect Dis. 2016;63(12):1591-1598.

Low HIV testing rates among people with a sexually transmissible infection diagnosis in remote Aboriginal communities. Ward JS, Dyda A, McGregor S, Rumbold A, Garton L, Donovan B, Kaldor JM, Guy RJ. Med J Aust. 2016;205(4):168-171.

Individual and population level impacts of illicit drug use, sexual risk behaviours on sexually transmitted infections among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: results from the GOANNA survey. Wand H, Ward J, Bryant J, Delaney-Thiele D, Worth H, Pitts M, Kaldor JM. BMC Public Health. 2016;16:600. Free PMC Article

Why are men less tested for sexually transmitted infections in remote Australian Indigenous communities? A mixed-methods study. Su JY, Belton S, Ryder N. Cult Health Sex. 2016;18(10):1150-1164.

Prevalence and Correlates of a Diagnosis of Sexually Transmitted Infection Among Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People: A National Survey. Ward J, Wand H, Bryant J, Delaney-Thiele D, Worth H, Pitts M, Byron K, Moore, Donovan B, Kaldor JM. Sex Transm Dis. 2016;43(3):177-184.

Prevalence of chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomonas in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Graham S, Smith LW, Fairley CK, Hocking J. Sex Health. 2016;13(2):99-113.

Community and clinic-based screening for curable sexually transmissible infections in a high prevalence setting in Australia: a retrospective longitudinal analysis of clinical service data from 2006 to 2009. Silver B, Kaldor JM, Rumbold A, Ward J, Smith K, Dyda A, Ryder N, Yip TW, Su JY, Guy RJ. Sex Health. 2016;13(2):140-147.

Addressing structural challenges for the sexual health and well-being of Indigenous women in Australia. Arabena K. Sex Transm Infect. 2016;92(2):88-89. Free PMC Article

Chlamydia trachomatis genotypes in a cross-sectional study of urogenital samples from remote Northern and Central Australia. Giffard PM, Brenner NC, Tabrizi SN, Garland SM, Holt DC, Andersson P, Lilliebridge RA, Tong SY, Karimi M, Boylan P, Ryder N, Johns T, Singh G. BMJ Open. 2016;6(1):e009624. Free PMC Article

Methods of a national survey of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people regarding sexually transmissible infections and bloodborne viruses. Ward J, Bryant J, Wand H, Kaldor J, Delaney-Thiele D, Worth H, Betts S, Waples-Crowe P, Cairnduff S, Coburn T, Donovan B, Pitts M. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2016 Apr;40(S1):S96-S101.


Antiretroviral treatment use, co-morbidities and clinical outcomes among Aboriginal participants in the Australian HIV Observational Database (AHOD). Templeton DJ, Wright ST, McManus H, Lawrence C, Russell DB, Law MG, Petoumenos K; Australian HIV Observational Database. BMC Infect Dis. 2015;15:326. Free PMC Article

“I Do Feel Like a Scientist at Times”: A Qualitative Study of the Acceptability of Molecular Point-Of-Care Testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea to Primary Care Professionals in a Remote High STI Burden Setting. Natoli L, Guy RJ, Shephard M, Causer L, Badman SG, Hengel B, Tangey A, Ward J, Coburn T, Anderson D, Kaldor J, Maher L; TTANGO Investigators. PLoS One. 2015;10(12):e0145993. Free PMC Article

Was infectious syphilis being misclassified in remote Australian outbreaks? Evidence that informed modification of the national case definition. Preston-Thomas A, Ryder N, Harmen S, Fagan P. Commun Dis Intell Q Rep. 2015;39(4):E571-577. Free Article

Incidence and predictors of annual chlamydia testing among 15-29 year olds attending Aboriginal primary health care services in New South Wales, Australia. Graham S, Guy RJ, Ward JS, Kaldor J, Donovan B, Knox J, McCowen D, Bullen P, Booker J, O’Brien C, Garrett K, Wand HC. BMC Health Serv Res. 2015;15:437. Free PMC Article

A sexual health quality improvement program (SHIMMER) triples chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing rates among young people attending Aboriginal primary health care services in Australia. Graham S, Guy RJ, Wand HC, Kaldor JM, Donovan B, Knox J, McCowen D, Bullen P, Booker J, O’Brien C, Garrett K, Ward JS. BMC Infect Dis. 2015;15:370. Free PMC Article

Attendance patterns and chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing among young people in Aboriginal primary health centres in New South Wales, Australia. Graham S, Wand HC, Ward JS, Knox J, McCowen D, Bullen P, Booker J, O’Brien C, Garrett K, Donovan B, Kaldor J, Guy RJ. Sex Health. 2015;12(5):445-452.

Exploring the Benefits of Molecular Testing for Gonorrhoea Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance in Remote Settings. Hui BB, Ryder N, Su JY, Ward J, Chen MY, Donovan B, Fairley CK, Guy RJ, Lahra MM, Law MG, Whiley DM, Regan DG. PLoS One. 2015;10(7):e0133202. Free PMC Article

Early presentation of symptomatic individuals is critical in controlling sexually transmissible infections. Fairley CK, Chow EP, Hocking JS. Sex Health. 2015;12(3):181-182.

Reasons for delays in treatment of bacterial sexually transmissible infections in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia: a qualitative study of healthcentre staff. Hengel B, Maher L, Garton L, Ward J, Rumbold A, Taylor-Thomson D, Silver B, McGregor S, Dyda A, Knox J, Kaldor J, Guy R, Strive Investigators OB. Sex Health. 2015;12(4):341-347.

Public health implications of molecular point-of-care testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in remote primary care services in Australia: a qualitative study. Natoli L, Guy RJ, Shephard M, Whiley D, Tabrizi SN, Ward J, Regan DG, Badman SG, Anderson DA, Kaldor J, Maher L; TTANGO investigator group. BMJ Open. 2015;5(4):e006922. Free PMC Article

The epidemiology of gonococcal arthritis in an Indigenous Australian population. Tuttle CS, Van Dantzig T, Brady S, Ward J, Maguire G. Sex Transm Infect. 2015;91(7):497-501.

Chlamydia and gonorrhoea point-of-care testing in Australia: where should it be used? Natoli L, Guy RJ, Shephard M, Donovan B, Fairley CK, Ward J, Regan DG, Hengel B, Maher L. Sex Health. 2015;12(1):515-8.

Sexual risk and healthcare seeking behaviour in young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in North Queensland. Scott R, Foster R, Oliver LN, Olsen A, Mooney-Somers J, Mathers B, Micallef JM, Kaldor J, Maher L. Sex Health. 2015;12(3):194-199.

Sexual behaviour, drug use and health service use by young Noongar people in Western Australia: a snapshot. Williams R, Lawrence C, Wilkes E, Shipp M, Henry B, Eades S, Mathers B, Kaldor J, Maher L, Gray D. Sex Health. 2015;12(3):188-193.

A field evaluation of a new molecular-based point-of-care test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in remote Aboriginal health services in Australia. Causer LM, Hengel B, Natoli L, Tangey A, Badman SG, Tabrizi SN, Whiley D, Ward J, Kaldor JM, Guy RJ. Sex Health. 2015;12(1):27-33.

Barriers and facilitators of sexually transmissible infection testing in remote Australian Aboriginal communities: results from the Sexually Transmitted Infections in Remote Communities, Improved and Enhanced Primary Health Care (STRIVE) Study. Hengel B, Guy R, Garton L, Ward J, Rumbold A, Taylor-Thomson D, Silver B, McGregor S, Dyda A, Knox J, Kaldor J, Maher L. Sex Health. 2015;12(1):4-12.

Incidence of curable sexually transmissible infections among adolescents and young adults in remote Australian Aboriginal communities: analysis of longitudinal clinical service data. Silver BJ, Guy RJ, Wand H, Ward J, Rumbold AR, Fairley CK, Donovan B, Maher L, Dyda A, Garton L, Hengel B, Knox J, McGregor S, Taylor-Thomson D, Kaldor JM; STRIVE investigators. Sex Transm Infect. 2015;91(2):135-141.

Coinfection with Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Trichomonas vaginalis: a cross-sectional analysis of positivity and risk factors in remote Australian Aboriginal communities. Guy R, Ward J, Wand H, Rumbold A, Garton L, Hengel B, Silver B, Taylor-Thomson D, Knox J, McGregor S, Dyda A, Fairley C, Maher L, Donovan B, Kaldor J; STRIVE Investigator Group. Sex Transm Infect. 2015;91(3):201-206.


Markers of hepatitis B infection and immunity in patients attending Aboriginal community controlled health services. Harrod ME, Couzos S, Delaney-Thiele D, Dore GJ, Hammond B, Saunders M, Belfrage M, Williams S, Kaldor JM, Ward J. Med J Aust. 2014;201(6):339-342.

Could point-of-care testing be effective for reducing the prevalence of trichomoniasis in remote Aboriginal communities? Hui BB, Ward J, Causer L, Guy RJ, Law MG, Regan DG. Sex Health. 2014;11(4):370-374.

Chlamydia among Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people attending sexual health services, general practices and Aboriginal community controlled health services. Ward J, Goller J, Ali H, Bowring A, Couzos S, Saunders M, Yau P, Kaldor JM, Hellard M, Guy RJ, Donovan B; ACCESS Collaboration. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014;14:285. Free PMC Article

Point-of-care testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea: implications for clinical practice. Natoli L, Maher L, Shephard M, Hengel B, Tangey A, Badman SG, Ward J, Guy RJ; TTANGO Investigators. PLoS One. 2014 Jun 23;9(6):e100518. Free PMC Article

High chlamydia positivity rates in Indigenous people attending Australian sexual health services. O’Connor CC, Ali H, Guy RJ, Templeton DJ, Fairley CK, Chen MY, Dickson BM, Marshall LJ, Grulich AE, Hellard ME, Kaldor JM, Donovan B, Ward JS. Med J Aust. 2014 Jun 2;200(10):595-598.

So far, so good: Maintenance of prevention is required to stem HIV incidence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia. Ward J, Costello-Czok M, Willis J, Saunders M, Shannon C. AIDS Educ Prev. 2014 Jun;26(3):267-79.

Management of chronic hepatitis B in the Torres Strait Islands: an identified need for a comprehensive public health approach to chronic hepatitis B in remote Australian Indigenous communities. Wallace J, Pitts M, Ward J, McNally S. Aust J Prim Health. 2014;20(3):273-7.