Keynote Speakers

Eli Coleman


Eli Coleman, PhD is professor and director of the Program in Human Sexuality, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. He holds the first and only endowed academic chair in sexual health.

He is the author of numerous articles and books on compulsive sexual behavior, sexual offenders, sexual orientation, gender dysphoria, chemical dependency and family intimacy and on the psychological and pharmacological treatment of a variety of sexual dysfunctions and disorders. Professor Coleman is one of the founding editors of the International Journal of Transgenderism and is the founding and current editor of the International Journal of Sexual Health.

He is one of the past-presidents of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (formerly the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association), the World Association for Sexual Health, the International Academy for Sex Research and most recently the Society for Sex Therapy and Research.

He has been a frequent technical consultant on sexual health issues to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (the regional office of WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the US Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Award for his role as senior scientist on Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior, released in 2001. He was given the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the Alfred E. Kinsey Award by the Midcontinent Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in 2001. In April, 2007, he was awarded the Gold Medal for his lifetime contributions to the field of sexual health by the World Association for Sexual Health. In May of 2007, he was appointed the first endowed Chair in Sexual Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In May of 2009, he was awarded the Masters and Johnson Award by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. In May of 2011, he received the John Money Award from the Eastern Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.


Dr Russell Shuttleworth


Russell Shuttleworth, a medical anthropologist and social worker by training, is currently Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the School of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, Deakin University.

Dr Shuttleworth was a social worker and support worker for disabled persons and older adults. Major research interests include sexuality and disability, sexuality in aged care and masculinities and disability.

Dr Shuttleworth is currently conducting research on facilitated sex with people with disability in Victoria, and he is also part of an ARC Discovery Project researching the transition to adulthood for young people with impairments.

Dr George Taleporos

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Dr George Taleporos has a PhD in psychology and an honours degree in sociology. George has 15 years of experience in disability advocacy, youth engagement, sexuality research and disability service reform. He has played a leadership role in the development of individualised and self-directed support in Victoria.

George’s policy work has covered a range of areas including DHS standards, capacity building through peer support, Individualised Support Packages and the development and implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

George has been published in a range of books and peer reviewed journals. He has a healthy interest in politics and was regular contributor to the axed ABC disability portal Ramp Up. George is currently researching the role of sexual facilitation in the lives of people with physical disabilities.