A/Prof James Ward has around 20 years’ of experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health spanning Aboriginal community controlled organisations, government and for the last 10 years as an academic/researcher. He is a Pitjantjantjarra and Nurrunga man and has worked in remote and urban areas of Australia aiming to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the areas of population health, health services research and epidemiological studies. James has a strong track record in producing research outcomes including 70 publications, alongside many other technical and non-peer reviewed articles. He has led national research projects in arguably some of the most sensitive areas of Aboriginal health; sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses, including issues surrounding injecting drug use. He is the Head of Infectious Diseases Research Program-Aboriginal Health at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.