Joseph Debattista PhD has been employed in the fields of Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses, and Alcohol and other Drugs within Queensland Health since 1989, and is currently located within the Metro North Public Health Unit. As Sexual Health, HIV and Hepatitis Coordinator for the Metro North Hospital and Health Service, he has managed a number of public health programs, research and epidemiological studies, and health promotion initiatives targeting sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses. Considerable years of experience in alcohol & drug, sexual health and blood-borne virus services has established a solid background in the analysis of community needs and social issues, research into best practice and current scientific understanding, and the development, management and monitoring/evaluation of strategic responses and coordinated planning across regional and organisational levels.  In his current and previous positions, he has worked collaboratively with diverse community and client groups eg. Men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers, injecting drug users, transgender and gender diverse people, various CALD  communities, marginalised youth, indigenous persons, and their respective community organizations to assess health needs, establish clinical outreach programs, and develop unique responses to particular emerging health needs. He currently holds two adjunct academic positions as Associate Professor with Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology. He has authored or co-authored 67 peer reviewed journal articles.