Brett Tindall Memorial Lecture 2021: The Honourable Jillian Skinner

Event date
Friday 22nd October 2021
Event time
11:00 AM
Event address
Online event



Webinar via Zoom



Free - registrations are essential. Please register on the booking link below.

Contact for enquiries 

Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or



The Brett Tindall Memorial Lecture is an annual lecture awarded by the Kirby Institute to a world leader in infectious disease research.

It is awarded in memory of Dr Brett Tindall, who was one of the Kirby Institute’s first researchers in the 1980s. Brett's research focused on the process of seroconversion and the body's responses to the entry of HIV. He died of AIDS in 1994.

We invite you to join us at this special online event with The Honourable Jillian Skinner, former NSW Minister for Health.

One of the key architects of the NSW HIV Strategy – which sets NSW on the path to being one of the first jurisdictions to eliminate HIV transmission – Mrs Skinner will share with us her extensive insights into the importance of policy in improving health outcomes, the process of implementing the ambitious program, and the importance of cross-sector partnerships to making it happen.

Her lecture will be followed by a panel discussion, where she will be joined by key community, health and academic partners to reflect on the progress that has been made in NSW, and discuss what still needs to be done to achieve elimination of HIV transmission.

The Brett Tindall Memorial Lecture will be hosted online. Please register via this link. We hope you can join us.


The Honourable Jillian Skinner  

Jillian Skinner
Former NSW Minister for Health

Jillian Skinner has more experience in the health field than any other politician in Australia, having spent 14 years as NSW Shadow Health Minister and six years as Minister for Health and Medical Research.

She reformed the NSW public health system, increasing treatment, transparency and accountability through a devolved structure which involved establishing Local Health District Boards. She redeveloping hundreds of hospitals, boosting investment in IT, integrated community-based care, medical research and social policy programs including organ donation, pain management, improved palliative care and elimination of the transmission of HIV.

Since retiring as Health Minister in 1917, Mrs Skinner continues her involvement in numerous health initiatives including roles as:

  • Chair of the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association;
  • Director of the Board of the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia; 
  • Member of the Cancer Australia Advisory Council;
  • Member of the CSIRO Health & Biosecurity Advisory Group;
  • Member of the Violet Strategic Advisory Committee.

In 2018, she was conferred Doctor of Science honoris causa by Macquarie University in recognition of her contribution to healthcare and health policy in New South Wales.


  • Chris Bourne
    Clinical advisor, BBV STI Unit, Centre for Population Health, NSW Health
    Christopher Bourne is Medical Adviser, Centre for Population Health, NSW Health; Senior Staff Specialist at Sydney Sexual Health Centre; and Conjoint Associate Professor with the Kirby Institute's Sexual Health Program.
  • Andrew Grulich
    Head, HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program, Kirby Institute
    Andrew Grulich is an internationally renowned authority in the transmission and prevention of HIV and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and in the epidemiological relationship between immune deficiency, infection and cancer.
  • Karen Price
    Deputy CEO, ACON
    Karen Price has over 20 years’ experience in the health sector in government, non-government and university sectors. Karen has experience across LGBTQ health, HIV and sexual health; cancer screening and prevention; mental health; aged care; illicit drugs and alcohol; and anti-doping in sport.
  • Tim Wark
    A/Manager, Community Partnerships, Peer Education and Population Programs, ACON
    Tim Wark has over 6 years’ experience delivering HIV, sexual health, and LGBTQ health peer education programs in NSW. Tim is also Co-Chair, CALD Gay Men’s Action Group and has led the development of ACON’s first Multicultural Engagement Plan.