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ASHM Newsletter - June 2015
Welcome to the July 2018 edition of ASHM's eNEWS
In this edition primary care providers are critical to eliminating viral hepatitis; and a new Levinia Crooks award to recognise outstanding work of emerging leaders in our sector

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Primary care providers have a vital role in eliminating viral hepatitis in Australia
Hepatitis Awareness Week, 23-28 July 2018:
With effective viral hepatitis treatments available to help manage hepatitis B and cure hepatitis C, Australia is leading the way for a future without viral hepatitis, which is the theme of Hepatitis Awareness Week 2018. An estimated 237,894 Australians are living with chronic hepatitis B and 177,812 with chronic hepatitis C, at risk of death from cirrhosis and liver cancer. It is essential for primary care providers to know the risk factors, test, diagnose and treat if required, to prevent this.  Read more
Recognising outstanding work by emerging leaders

ASHM is proud to announce the establishment of The Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader Award 
eponymously honoring the legacy of a leader in public health and ASHM Chief Executive Officer from 1999-2017. Two awards will be given to recognise emerging leaders’ in the field of viral hepatitis; and another working in BBV and STI. The inaugural awardees will accept their award at the 2018 Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference and the 2018 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference where they will also deliver a 15-minute oration.  Find out more + nominate an emerging leader
Join celebration of history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

NAIDOC Week, 8-15 July 2018:  This year's NAIDOC theme is Because of Her, We Can! acknowledging and highlighting the significant role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women play in the community, historically and currently. “The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.”  View NAIDOC events
Professor David Cooper posthumously appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

June 2018: The ASHM Board, Staff and Members recognise the distinction and recognition of the late Scientia Professor David Cooper, who was Director of the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney for 32 years, and who has been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).  Read more
Friends and colleagues attended a public memorial and the David Cooper Symposium 'Treatment and prevention access for all' to commemorate the research legacy of the late Professor David Cooper AC. Read more
Living Positive Victoria Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Living Positive Victoria has announced the appointment of Richard Keane as Chief Executive Officer of Living Positive Victoria whose tenure began on 2 July 2018. Mr Keane’s passion for the HIV community allowed him to take on a diversity of roles within the HIV response over the last 25 years.  Read more
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP): Participate in a survey of clinicians

This survey is examines 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 services can be best delivered. This study is led by chief investigator Associate Professor Iryna Zablotska.  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. Final registration deadline:  29 July

Symposium Highlight: Simplifying diagnosis and treatment for hepatitis B & C – now and into the future

Don't miss this science and clinical care symposium with presentations, including: Dr Tanya Applegate (Kirby Institute) on Simplification and implementation of existing diagnosis tools – how can we use what we have?; Dr Jane Davies (Menzies School of Health Research) on Simplification of HCV treatment to reach everyone - What tools do we need to engage CALD communities? 
View the full program
 Earlybird registrations END ON 5 AUG 
 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 the #HIVAUS18 Twitter hashtag.  Register today

An updated program is now available including proffered paper presentations!

Earlybird registration:  5 August 2018
Accommodation deadline:  19 August 2018
Final registration deadline:  9 September 2018
  Abstract Submission Deadline EXTENDED: 
Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress  
1 - 3 November 2018,  Pullman Hotel, Auckland, NZ

Congress theme: ‘He muka nō te taura whiri', Many Strands Make up one Rope
Did you miss the abstract deadline? Don't worry: Abstract Submission Deadline NOW EXTENDED: Sunday 8 July   |   
Submit an Abstract

There are three streams available for submission. To find out more about what each stream includes, view the abstract guidelines and templates:  Visit the congress website
Also find out how Air New Zealand are offering IUSTIAP Congress delegates 5% off return flights.
 7th International Symposium on Hepatitis 
 Care in Substance Users 

19 - 21 September 2018, Cascais, Portugal

Full program now available

Missed the abstract deadline? Don’t worry you’ve got a 2nd chance! Late breaker abstract submission opens Monday 9 July. This is your last opportunity to showcase your work and be part of an internationally acclaimed program. The committee are calling for abstracts in epidemiology and public health, health services research, clinical research and social science research. Late Beaker Abstract Deadline: Friday 20 July.  Find out more
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
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 is pleased to partner with the Kirby Institute to offer webinar access to selected education seminars from their Seminar Series in July 2018. Access to past webinars are also available:

“Drugs don’t work in people who don’t take them” – Adherence to HIV PrEP – Presenter: Stefanie Vaccher  |  View the video

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. 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 ASHM run free education sessions on Wednesday throughout 2018. The Clinical Education Seminars 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.  
View 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. '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 acting anti-viral therapy for HCV in Australia.  Go to the REACH-C form
Apply for ASHM Scholarships to attend HIV&AIDS and IUSTIAP18 Conferences

The ASHM Scholarship Program is offering scholarships for the 2018 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference with scholarship applications closing on Sunday 5 August 2018.
Clinicians  |  Nurses / Pharmacists  

Scholarships are also available for the 2018 IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress with scholarship applications closing on Sunday 5 August 2018.
Clinicians  |  Nurses / Pharmacists
Read Independent Clinical Reports from ASHM Scholarship Recipients at APACC 2018

Six clinicians who gained ASHM scholarships provided report back from the 2018 Asia Pacific AIDS & Co-infections Conference (28 - 30 June in Hong Kong): Gerard Ingham (GP, Springs Medical Centre, VIC), Gary Lee (GP, Holdsworth House Medical Centre, NSW), Rasanga Liyanage (Postgraduate Fellow In Sexual Health, St. George Hospital, NSW), Amy Peachey (Clinical Research Unit, Infectious Diseases Dept, Alfred Hospital), Simon Doyle-Adams (CNC, QPrEPd Trial, Cairns Sexual Health Service, QLD), and Lara Jones (Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Maryborough Hospital, QLD).  ACCESS the REPORT BACK
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


Celebrating NAIDOC Week: 'Because of Her, We Can!' 
8-15 July 2018  |  Australia

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Hepatitis Victoria's LIVERability Festival
July-August 2018  |  Various locations, VIC

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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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8th ASEAN Congress of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology
26-27 July 2018  |  Nha Thang, Vietnam

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Asia Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver Single Topic Conference on Hepatitis C
3-5 August 2018  |  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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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

Visit the website

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

Visit the website

Access presentation materials presented at SiREN Symposium 2018 

Presentation slides from the SiREN Symposium are now available, including links to video footage of and the young people's panel (Kai Schweizer & Habiba Asim, YEP Crew; Stephen Boccaletti, Freedom Centre). The 2018 Symposium aimed to ignite collaborations and partnerships within the sexual health and blood-borne virus sector and make connections between evidence, policy and practice.  Access via the Symposium website