Kirby Institute’s 教授 Rebecca Guy recognised as a 2019 NSW Tall Poppy Science Award recipient

教授 Rebecca Guy, Head of our Surveillance, Evaluation and 研究计划, has been named as one of NSW’s Tall Poppy Science Award recipients for 2019.

教授 Guy has been recognised for her internationally renowned work in the surveillance and evaluation of public health interventions related to 艾滋病 and STIs.

The Tall Poppy Campaign is a national campaign by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to recognise and celebrate Australian scientific leaders, with the aim of engaging them with a wider Australian audience. In particular, it creates a forum for scientific leaders to interact with younger Australians through school-based activities.

教授 Guy says that the central goal of her work is to reduce the health burden, both socially and economically, of STIs.

“With diseases such as gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia being on the rise and potentially having significant, lasting consequences, it’s important that we continue to work towards enhancing testing and treatment across the population,” she says. “While testing technology is becoming more and more sophisticated, there are still many people who are not being tested, for a variety of reasons. My work aims to remove these barriers.”

Professor Basil Donovan, 教授 Rebecca Guy and Dr Louise CauserL–R: Professor Basil Donovan, 教授 Rebecca Guy and Dr Louise Causer at the ceremony.

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教授 Guy sees the Tall Poppy initiative as an opportunity to engage young people on health issues that affect them, and encourage them to look deeper.

“Sexual health is a major but often silent health issue across Australia today, and continues to affect young people. Good public health science forms the basis of our responses to health issues,” says 教授 Guy. “By engaging in a dialogue with young people on matters of importance to them, not only can we inspire the next generation of scientists, but also hopefully have a positive impact on their understanding and knowledge of health.”