Professor Margaret Hellard is the Deputy Director (Programs) at the Burnet Institute, Head of Hepatitis Services in the Department of Infectious Disease at The Alfred Hospital and an Adjunct Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Margaret’s principal research interests are in preventing the transmission and improving the management of blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections, focusing on people who inject drugs (PWID), gay and bisexual men (GBM) and other vulnerable populations.
Margaret is a member of numerous advisory committees and working groups on viral hepatitis and HIV within Australia and globally including being Co-Chair of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee on HIV and Viral Hepatitis.
Margaret is a Principal Investigator of a number of world first studies examining how to increase testing and treatment, and the efficacy hepatitis C treatment as prevention in PWID and HIV positive gay and bisexual men, using a community settings and social network approaches. She is undertaking research on how to increase HIV testing and treatment in gay and bisexual men and hepatitis B testing and treatment in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. She was recently awarded a prestigious NHMRC Program Grant and NHMRC Partnership Grant focusing on hepatitis C elimination projects in Australia and globally. She has over 300 peer reviewed publications and has received over $45 million in competitive research grants and tenders.