Basil Donovan is a NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and a registered sexual health and public health physician. In 2009, he established the Sexual Health Program at the Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society.
The Program is invloved in wide-ranging research including national surveillance networks. Donovan is on the Board (President 2013-2015) of the International Society for STD Research. In September 2015, he Chaired the World STI & HIV Congress in Brisbane.