2019 Central Clinical School Public Lecture

Whose fault is it that Bob got syphilis? It is not as simple as it sounds

You are invited to attend the annual CCS public lecture. In 2019, the lecture will be presented by Professor Christopher Fairley from Melbourne Sexual Health Centre.

Late one night in Melbourne, Bob got syphilis because he had sex with a man with syphilis.  Lots of other men had sex with other men that night and did not get syphilis.  Bob did use a condom, but condoms don’t always protect against syphilis.  So let me ask you, "Whose fault was it that Bob got syphilis?" The answer to this question matters a great deal, because it leads to a solution to the problem. Currently, syphilis cases in Melbourne are rising rapidly; so we do desperately need a solution.

Professor Christopher Fairley


  • Date: Thursday 17 October 2019
  • Time: 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. Lecture will be followed by Q&A session

Venue: A+ Education Centre Lecture Theatre, adjacent to the Baker Institute at 75 Commercial Road, Melbourne 3004, 200 metres east of the main  Alfred Hospital entrance. See map

About our speaker

Christopher Fairley AO is Director of the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and Professor of Public Health at Monash University. He holds three specialist medical fellowships from the College of Physicians (Infectious Diseases), Faculty of Public Health and Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine. He is an editor of the Journal ‘Sexual Health’. He has supervised 30 doctoral students to completion. He has over 700 journal publications and sits on the boards of IUSTI and ISSTDR.  His principal research interests are Public Health, Control of Sexually Transmitted diseases and the effectiveness of clinical services.