2018 Co-Fellow, Eric Chow returns from a successful IUSTI Congress

December 2018

In early November, Dr Eric Chow attended the International Union for Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand with the support of his Club Melbourne Fellowship. 

Eric presented his research on gonorrhoea and human papillomavirus via four oral presentations and two poster sessions, receiving great feedback from his Congress colleagues for his work.

Eric provided the following summary on his return from the Congress:

“I had a great experience attending the Congress in Auckland. The Congress itself far exceeded my expectations and I learnt so much. I was able to make lots of new connections in the field, particularly with people outside Australia. They all acknowledged the work that I have been doing and I received a lot of positive feedback. 

I was also invited to Chair a clinical session. It was a great experience for me, particularly as an Early Career Researcher, to Chair an oral session at an international conference. I was privileged to Chair alongside Prof. Jonathan Ross who is a Professor of Sexual Health and HIV in Birmingham, UK and the Vice-President of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, Editor of the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment journal, and Treasurer of IUSTI World.

In addition, I had an opportunity to speak with key personnel from several health organisations such as the World Health Organization, along with other international conferences committees. I am hopeful we can attract them to consider holding a conference in Melbourne in the future.

This Congress gave me great experience in sharing my research, increased my research profile and awareness, and helped me to expand my network in the field. I would not have achieved this without the support from Club Melbourne and thank them again for this fantastic Fellowship Program and opportunity.”