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ASHM Newsletter - June 2015
Welcome to the June 2018 edition of ASHM's eNEWS
This month features announcement newly appointed ASHM CEO; an invitation to clinicians to a PrEP Q&A; and reminder to take advantage of earlybird conference registrations
ASHM President, Associate Professor Dr Mark Bloch announces new CEO, Alexis Apostolellis

Alexis comes from a background both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, most recently as CEO of the Australian branch of Marie Stopes International. "Alexis’s appointment was based on a unanimous recommendation from an interview panel after a rigorous recruitment process which featured strong applications from several candidates." Alexis will take up his position on 2 July 2018.  Read more
ASHM and OSSHHM supports Transgender Health in the Pacific

Since 2017, ASHM has delivered the Pacific Sexual Health Workforce Capacity Building Program – a joint regional capacity building initiative with The Oceania Society for Sexual Health and HIV Medicine (OSSHHM) providing clinical mentoring, training and resources to health professionals working in HIV, TB and STIs in eleven Global Fund-supported Pacific countries). Within this program Transgender Health Training for Pacific Health Workers was developed with an aim to addressing transgender health needs. This training was piloted in a one-day course delivered on 11 April in Vanuatu.  Read more
With End of Financial Year: Take advantage of earlybird conference registration savings

With the earlybird registration deadline for the 11th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference 2018 approaching on 24 June 2018, we encourage you to make sure you do not miss the opportunity to save on your conference registration. Learn from international and local experts; and interact, network and share ideas with your peers and colleagues. Register today

Last month, we announced the National Program Committee's initiatives for people living with HIV and other priority groups and communities to promote and commit to meaningful engagement at the 2018 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference to be held in Sydney from 24 - 26 September 2018. One initiative aims to make the conference as accessible as possible for PLHIV and Community by providing special rates for students, PLHIV and registrants from resource-limited countries. An earlybird rate of $550 is available, the cheapest conference rate.  Register today

There is only 4 weeks left to save €100 with the earlybird registration deadline (Friday 29 June) for the 7th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users that have had record number of abstracts submitted. Hosted by INHSU, the symposium covers the latest advances on hepatitis C epidemiology, management and treatment of viral hepatitis among people who use drugs, with a specific focus on hepatitis C. Stay tuned for the forthcoming release of the full program.  Register Now
Aboriginal groups cautiously welcome Coalition's $8m pledge to fight HTLV-1

28 May 2018:  Taskforce will study ways to combat virus endemic in several central Australian communities. Doctors and Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations working on the frontline against HTLV-1 have “cautiously” welcomed the federal government’s decision on Friday to set up an $8m taskforce to combat the deadly virus. In early-May Guardian Australia revealed HTLV-1 is endemic in several central Australian Aboriginal communities, which have the world’s highest rates of the virus for which there is no cure and no treatment.  Read The Guardian article
Increase in heterosexual HIV diagnoses in NSW: Test for HIV in a diverse range of patients

NSW HIV Testing Week, 1-6 June 2018:  NSW Health recommends testing for HIV in a diverse range of patients because of an increased number of HIV diagnoses in heterosexual NSW residents. NSW Health provides resources and support to make testing easy, including the new Dried Blood Spot test for HIV and hepatitis C. Learn more
Published study finds that Papua New Guinea has a hidden HIV epidemic with urgent need of more access to testing and treatment

Port Moresby, 16 May 2018:  Expanded health and social services are needed to urgently address HIV in Papua New Guinea, according to new research conducted by the Papua New Guinea Institute for Medical Research (PNG IMR) working in a partnership with Australia’s Kirby Institute and the US Centres for Disease Control.  Read more
REMINDER: Celebrating the life and work of David Cooper, a global leader in HIV research and clinical care
Thursday 14 June 2018,  Sydney Town Hall, NSW

Join in a memorial service commemorating the extraordinary life of Professor David Cooper AO, who firmly advocated health as a fundamental human right in all of his endeavours and dedicated his work to the prevention, treatment and cure of HIV and other infectious diseases.  
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REMINDER: David Cooper Symposium – Treatment and prevention access for all 
Friday 15 June 2018, 9am-5pm

Please join The Kirby Institute for a scientific symposium in honour of Professor David Cooper’s outstanding contributions to infectious disease research. This symposium brings together colleagues and friends of Professor Cooper to reflect on a topic that was central to his research endeavours: expanding access to effective infectious disease prevention and treatment. Speakers include:
  • Professor Linda-Gail Bekker (President, International AIDS Society; Deputy Director, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Dr H. Clifford Lane (Deputy Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA)
  • Professor Praphan Phanuphak (Director, HIV Netherlands Australia Thailand Research Collaboration)
For further information, and to book:  Visit the website
Access to online Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health information just got easier

14 May 2018:  The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has launched a new responsive design website bringing together the latest information, evidence, research and knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in one place. A comprehensive custom built database and re-design of the front of the web resource means that the new responsive design will support the workforce more than ever before, on any platform in any location.  Access the website
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Participate in the survey of clinicians

This survey is focused on the current set-up of PrEP delivery in Australia in health service, pharmacy and community settings to learn about the providers' awareness about and willingness to prescribe PrEP and views as to how PrEP services can be best delivered. This study is led by chief investigator Associate Professor Iryna Zablotska of University of Sydney.  Access the survey
 Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference 2018 

13 - 15 August 2018, Adelaide SA

The program will showcase and critically examine ways to effectively reach everyone living with viral hepatitis, while being inclusive of their experiences and concerns.The conference will be an excellent platform to hear presentations on the latest research in Viral Hepatitis and a great opportunity to network with your peers.  

Earlybird registration deadline:  24 June 2018
Final registration deadline:  29 July 2018
 ENJOY EARLYBIRD SAVINGS!  Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference 2018 
24 - 26 September 2018, Sydney

For anyone working in the HIV health sector, joining this top-­rated educational program with world renowned speakers is a must. Earlybird registration savings are available right up until 5 August. Join the conversation with a multidisciplinary conference and via our conference Twitter hashtag #HIVAUS18.  Register today

Earlybird registration:  5 August 2018  |  Accommodation deadline:  19 August 2018
Final registration deadline:  9 September 2018
  Only 4 Weeks until Abstract Submission Deadline:  IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress  
1 - 3 November 2018,  Pullman Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
Congress theme: ‘He muka nō te taura whiri', Many Strands Make up one Rope
Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday 1 July   |   Registration Now Open   |    View the Website

There are three streams available for submission:
  • Basic Science, Clinical & Laboratory
  • Epidemiology, Public Health & Programme Science
  • Behavioural Research & Advocacy
To find out more about what each stream includes, view the abstract guidelines and templates visit the congress website

The IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress Committee are pleased to announce the abstract mentoring program is now available. The abstract mentoring program has been introduced with the objective to help young or less experienced researchers from resource limited settings, who lack access to opportunities for rigorous mentoring in research and writing, to improve their abstracts before submitting. Through putting the mentoring program in place, the hope is to increase the chance of their work being presented at the congress.
Find out more
 7th International Symposium on Hepatitis 
 Care in Substance Users 

19 - 21 September 2018, Cascais, Portugal

Record number of abstracts submitted! Stay tuned for the release of the full program

For the first time, the symposium is being developed by four co-convenors; Dr. Ricardo Baptiste Leite, Prof. Jeffrey Lazarus, Prof. Rui Tato Marinho and Luís Mendão bringing together Policy, Research, Clinical and Community perspectives. Hosted by INHSU, the symposium covers the latest advances on hepatitis C epidemiology, management and treatment of viral hepatitis among people who use drugs, with a specific focus on hepatitis C.  Find out more

Only 4 weeks left to save €100! Early Bird Registration Deadline: Friday 29 June.  Register Now

Early bird registration deadline:  29 June 2018
Final registration deadline:  31 August 2018
ASHM Training is available for a broad range of health professionals, including general practitioners. On offer are a range of training courses for clinicians and nurses at all levels who are seeking to up-skill in HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B management. Sexual health, infectious diseases and general physicians, registrars and medical students and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers are all encouraged to attend. Nurses may wish to learn about courses available in the Nursing Program. Our courses are accredited by relevant professional bodies, and participants are eligible for CPD points.

See ASHM courses listed online by Australian state and territory or for more information on how to register contact or +61 2 8204 0796


Join a Facebook LIVE event presented by ASHM live from Cairns Sexual Health Service where an expert panel will answer your questions regarding PrEP. This event is open to all clinicians, community health providers and interested parties. Submit your questions via email to before Monday 18 June. Frequently asked questions and selected Q&A from this event will be posted (post-event) to

Follow and join us LIVE via Facebook: PREPPING THE HEALTH WORKFORCE
Wednesday 20 June at 12:00pm AEST (approx 30-45mins)
Treating Hepatitis C in General Practice Forum
12 August 2018  |  Adelaide SA

This one day forum will bring together General Practitioners from around Australia to share their experiences with treating hepatitis C. It is also open to GPs interested in initiating hepatitis C treatment.  Delegates will learn from practices and localities that are achieving success in treating people with hepatitis C in a range of primary care and priority settings.  This forum adjoins the 11th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference.  
Find out more
Would you like to attend the Kirby Institute Seminar Series remotely via webinar?
ASHM are pleased to partner with the Kirby Institute to offer webinar access to selected education seminars from their Seminar Series in June 2018:

Tuesday 19 June 2018  |  1:00pm – 2:00pm AEST
Enhancing liver disease screening and hepatitis C treatment uptake among people who inject drugs
Presenter: Alison Marshall  |  Register here

Visit the ASHM Training Calendar for more info 
Did you miss out on the art of ART Meeting 2018?
Download the Meeting Report with access to videos from keynote presenters speaking on contemporary HIV management in Australasia

The art of ART meeting was comprised of a series of plenary sessions, and interactive workshops for S100 prescribers, nurses and pharmacists to attend with a focus on the nuances of ART prescribing and contemporary HIV management in Australasia. Key topics included: Update on ART; HIV in Minority Populations – Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Health & Gender Diverse Populations; HIV & the Law and Medicinal Cannabis.
Videos from these plenaries are now available online.  View them within the program HERE
A summary of key learnings is available from this meeting. Download the 2018 art of ART Meeting Report
HIV/Sexual Health Clinical Education Sessions
Presented each Wednesday throughout 2018

In collaboration with Sydney Sexual Health Centre (SSHC), ASHM run free education sessions on Wednesday throughout 2018. The Clinical Education Seminar (held fortnightly) are presented by physicians and specialists and deliver education targeted at sexual health clinicians. It is open to everyone working in the field of HIV and sexual health, inclusive of clinicians and non-clinicians. Accessible both online via webinar and face-to-face.  
See the training calendar
  Would you like specialist approval to initiate  
  patients on hepatitis C treatment in 24 hours?

Medical practitioners who are not experienced in hepatitis C treatment can gain specialist approval or further guidance to initiate DAA therapy for their patients by completing the REACH-C online form. REACH-C (Real world efficacy of antiviral therapy in chronic hepatitis C) is a national prospective multi-centre observational cohort study which aims to evaluate uptake and real world outcomes of direct anti-viral therapy for HCV in Australia.  Go to the REACH-C form
ALL GOOD: A multi-language website for  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander + Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities  

If you work with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we invite you to visit the ALL GOOD website. It focuses on key information on BBVs and STIs and provides tools and referral pathways to testing and treatment. Information is provided in 17 different languages, including English, in both text and spoken word recordings.  Go to the Website

Established in 2015, the ASHM Scholarship Program  provides a variety of scholarships to assist ASHM members, affiliates and others in the HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health sector to attend national and international conferences to support their continuing professional development. COMING SOON: Scholarships for clinicians and nurses/pharmacists will open soon for the 2018 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference – look out for our forthcoming notification.  Visit our webpage

ASHM recently offered scholarships to attend HIV Drug Therapy from 28 - 31 October in Glasgow with scholarships closing on Sunday 22 April 2018. Congratulations to the recipients listed below:

  • Ian Anderson, Sexual Health Registrar, Cairns Sexual Health Service (Cairns & Hinterland HHS) (QLD)
  • Charlotte Dixon, General Practitioner, Cairns North Sexual Health/Cairns Doctors GP Surgery (QLD)
  • Jane Hunt, General Practitioner, Holdsworth House Medical Practice (NSW)
  • Fiona Maple-Clark, HIV/Sexual Health Consultant Pharmacist, Gold Coast Sexual Health Service (QLD)
Scholarships for professionals working in HIV and sexual health in PNG and Pacific Islands

ASHM is pleased to again offer the Alere Educational Scholarship to support the continued learning of healthcare workers in the HIV and sexual health field within the Pacific. Included in this scholarship is registration to attend the 2018 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference, return economy airfare, accommodation and per diem. To apply, download, complete and return the Application Form to by 17:00 AEST on Friday 27th July 2018

Asia Pacific AIDS & Co-infections Conference (APACC)
28-30 June 2018  |  Hong Kong SAR, China

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22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018)
23-27 July 2018  |  Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA) Conference
26-27 July 2018  |  Melbourne VIC

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Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference 2018
13-15 August 2018  |  Adelaide SA

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Australian College of Nursing's National Nursing Forum (NNF)
28-30 August 2018  |  Gold Coast QLD

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Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) National Conference
3-6 September 2018  |  Canberra ACT

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Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives
Professional Development Conference, 17-19 September  |  Adelaide SA

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7th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users
19-21 September 2018  |  Cascais, Portugal

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20-22 September | Cairns, QLD

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Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference
24-26 September 2018  |  Sydney NSW

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Australian College of Midwives
16-18 October  |  Perth WA

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HIV Drug Therapy Glasgow 2018
28-31 October 2018  |  Glasgow, Scotland

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IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress 2018
1-3 November | Auckland, New Zealand

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The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs (APSAD) Conference
4-7 November 2018  |  Auckland, New Zealand

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