Catherine Brogan

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Catherine Brogan is member of the 2018 Guideline Development Group (GDG) of the WHO. The GDG's task is to develop updated recommendations on safe male circumcision for HIV prevention and related service delivery for adolescent boys and men in generalized HIV epidemics.[1]


The WHO published the following biography of Catherine Brogan:

Brogan, Catherine

  • The Canberra Hospital, Australian Capital Territory Department of Health; Australian Government Department of Health.
  • BMedSci (First class honors) MBBS (First class honors)
  • Canberra, Australia.

Dr Brogan is a practicing clinician and medical regulatory expert with experience in the critical analysis of medical evidence across scientific, regulatory, legal and clinical settings. Dr Brogan has contributed to clinical guidelines and evidence based position statements both nationally and internationally, including contribution to the Australian Clinical Evidence Guidelines for Medical Devices and a number of national public health position statements. Internationally, Dr Brogan has contributed as an external expert to the European Commission and advised the European Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). Most recently she has worked as an external consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO).

In her senior role at the Australian Government Department of Health, Dr Brogan is a delegate of the Secretary for Health. As part of this role, Dr Brogan is responsible for overseeing critical appraisal of clinical evidence for new and emerging medical therapies, and the provision of subsequent advice to Ministerial committees, executive members of the Australian Public Service and the Australian Government, clinicians and consumers. Complementing this role is Dr Brogan’s experience and expertise working at the interface between medicine and the law. As a practicing Forensic Medical Officer with the Australian Capital Territory Clinical Forensic Medicine Service (CFMS), Fitness to Drive Medical Clinic (FTDMC) and Forensic and Sexual Assault Care (FAMSAC), she has extensive experience and training in medical evidence analysis and interpretation. As part of this work, Dr Brogan attends death scenes, manages patients who have experienced sexual and domestic violence, provides expert clinical opinion in coronial and other forensic medicine matters, and provides assistance and advice to the Australian Federal Police, the Director of Public Prosecutions, and Road and Transport Authorities on a variety of medico-legal matters encompassing coronial, criminal and civil law.

Dr Brogan holds a number of qualifications in medicine, molecular biology and biochemistry, sexual health and family planning, child, youth and family intervention, and HIV care. Dr Brogan has a particular interest in the interface between Government policy, legislation and the delivery of clinical medicine. She believes that the scientific and clinical assessment of emerging evidence, and the translation of that evidence into good regulatory and political decision making, is paramount to achieving excellence in patient care.[2]

Dr. Brogan comes from Australia, a nation that has nearly abandoned non-therapeutic circumcision as a practice. She does not appear to have taken a position on the use of male circumcision as prophylactic against HIV infection.


  1. REFweb (May 2018). WHO to develop new guidelines on male circumcision. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  2. REFdocument Biographies of Guideline Development Group (GDG) members for WHO guidance PDF, WHO. (September 2018). Retrieved 26 March 2020.