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Welcome to the August 2018 edition of ASHM's eNEWS

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Now Available: Guidance for clinicians and other health care providers discussing Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) with people living with HIV
23 July 2018:  ASHM has developed the evidence-based Guide for Clinicians and other Healthcare Providers to discuss Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) to inform clinicians and other healthcare service providers and better equip them to discuss with their patients of the issues that are relevant to this issue. U=U is a worldwide health equity initiative to raise awareness of the evidence which makes it clear that for people who take ART daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load, there is effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.  Read more and Access Guidelines
ASHM welcomes PBS listing for a second pan-genotypic HCV treatment regimen

1 August 2018:  ASHM welcomes the news of a second highly effective pan-genotypic regimen for the treatment of chronic HCV is listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 August 2018. The PBS listing will simplify treatment options for prescribers and patients and help Australia reach the World Health Organisation target of hepatitis C elimination by 2030.  Read more
ASHM welcomes WHO transgender inclusion initiatives

July 2018:  ASHM welcomes the recent news from the World Health Organisation (WHO) that gender incongruence is no longer classified as a mental health disorder. This is an important move forward in promoting the rights and values of access and inclusion for transgender people. ASHM is committed to a transgender inclusive culture and are currently undertaking an internal review to determine the level of inclusion of transgender people in our work.  Read more
LAST DAYS to apply for ASHM Scholarships to attend HIV&AIDS and IUSTIAP18

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
LAST DAYS to nominate for Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader working in BBV/STI

In 2018, ASHM is proud to announce establishment of The Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader Award eponymously honoring the legacy of the a leader in public health and ASHM Chief Executive Officer from 1999-2017. All ASHM members are invited to nominate someone working in the BBV and STI sector to recognise their work. The awardee will accept the award at the 2018 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference where they will also deliver a 15-minute oration. Find out more + nominate an emerging leader before 5 August.  Nominate an Emerging Leader
Share your views on My Health Record

Numerous stakeholders within the Australian community, medical and otherwise, have raised concerns regarding the Federal Government's My Health Record online health database. As an organisation supporting the health workforce, ASHM wants to hear your views about how we can better support our members to respond to questions around My Health Record. We have put together a short survey to allow our ASHM members to share your views and understanding of the scheme, which will help inform ASHM's position on what the scheme means for people affected by BBVs and STIs.  Go to the Survey
Download reports looking at key hepatitis C treatment data in Australia

July 2018:  The Kirby Institute have released two significant reports to coincide with World Hepatitis Day 2018: Monitoring hepatitis C treatment uptake in Australia (Issue #9) which looks at the initiations of new treatment for chronic hepatitis C from March 2016 to March 2018; and Real-world efficacy of antiviral therapy in chronic hepatitis C in Australia (REACH-C): Issue #2.  Download the Report
Now available: New online self-assessment quiz for hep C to encourage people to have conversations with their GP

July 2018:  The Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District announce their contribution to Hepatitis Awareness Week through the launch of an online self-assessment quiz for hep C which provides a printout and encourages people to have conversations with their GP. The website also hosts a range of health and wellness information.  Access the Quiz
 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.

Keynote Speaker Highlight: World Hepatitis Day 2018 with kylie valentine
For World Hepatitis Day 2018, Associate Professor kylie valentine, from the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW Sydney, joined Professor Carla Treloar and Annie Madden in the SpeakEasy lounge to give the low down on social policy and the intersection of viral hepatitis ahead of kylie's keynote at the VH18 conference.​​​ SpeakEasy brings engaging conversations with very special guests each podcast episode on research regarding blood borne viruses and drug users. 
Hear the Podcast
 LAST DAYS: Earlybird savings ending 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

Program Highlights: View the Program
New sessions include proffered paper sessions finalised, including: negotiation of risk; quality of life; testing, self-testing; treatment; peer-based approaches; engaging Asian-born gay and bisexual men; funding, policy and advocacy; tissue issues; impact of public PrEP programs; issues facing migrant and CALD populations; complications; clinical social care and support.

Symposia session speakers and learning objectives confirmed. Examples include:
ARV Guidelines session
HIV Vaccines & Immunopathogenesis

Co-morbidities session
Screening session
Sexualised drug use
HIV Cure clinical trials and participation

Earlybird registration:  5 August 2018
Accommodation deadline:  19 August 2018
Final registration deadline:  9 September 2018
  Take advantage of earlybird before 2 SEPT  
Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress  
1 - 3 November 2018,  Pullman Hotel, Auckland, NZ

Join an opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary networking event for sexual health. Congress theme: ‘He muka nō te taura whiri', Many Strands Make up one Rope. Find out more about the Congress program
Visit the congress website

Keynote Speaker Highlights:
  • Dr Naoko Ishikawa, Coordinator of the HIV, Hepatitis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections Unit at the Division of Communicable Diseases, the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific. Dr Ishikawa will present on syphilis.
  • Associate Professor Kane Race, Gender and Cultural Studies at Sydney University talking about emotion, enjoyment and pleasure.

Sessions are being planned on:
The role of social media in sexual health; progress towards the SDGs in the Asia-Pacific; sex work; HIV PrEP; surveillance update; the role of the laboratory in controlling STIs; equity of access to contraception and abortion; strength in diversity; rises in gonorrhea and syphilis; education for sexual and reproductive health in schools and beyond; transgender health. 

Earlybird registration:  2 September 2018
Accommodation deadline:  23 September 2018
Final registration deadline:  14 October 2018
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

Record number of abstracts submitted! Access 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. Final registration deadline:  31 August 2018  Register Now
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
New online learning for HIV Prescribers: The Evolving Landscape of HIV Treatment

It is more important than ever for S100-prescribing GPs to stay abreast of the treatment landscape. The choice of ART regimen affects the risks of different comorbidities, so choosing the most appropriate therapy is important for maximising quality of life. This course, produced in a collaboration between ASHM and mdBriefCase, will help you stay up to date with the current guidelines and recommended regimens in the treatment of HIV, emphasising the management of comorbidities and strategies to mitigate them.  
Access the Training
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 2018. Access to past webinars are also available:

Hepatitis C Elimination in Australia: are we on-track? – A World Hepatitis Day Special Seminar
with Professor Greg Dore and Dr Joanne Bryant  |  View the video |  Visit the ASHM Training Calendar 
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 anti-viral therapy for HCV in Australia.  Go to the REACH-C form
Read Independent Clinical Reports from ASHM Scholarship Recipients at AIDS 2018

Six clinicians who gained ASHM scholarships provided report back from the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) from 23 - 27 July in Amsterdam, Netherlands: David Baker (GP, East Sydney Doctors, Darlinghurst NSW), Vincent Cornelisse (Sexual Health Physician, Prahran Market Clinic, VIC), Jacqueline Engelander (S100 General Practitioner, Holdsworth House Medical Practice, NSW), Tom Morley (S100 General Practitioner, Northside Clinic, VIC), Kalaiselvan Sankar (Practice Nurse, Thorne Harbour Health, VIC), and Wee-sian Woon (Sexual Health Registrar, Royal Prince Alfred, NSW).  ACCESS the REPORT BACK
Check our careers page regularly for exciting opportunities at ASHM and within the HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health sector. Visit:

Clinical Mentor Specialist
ASHM is seeking a Clinical Mentor Specialist for the development of the ASHM International Clinical Mentor regional training package. Position term: 09.09.2018 - 30.10.2018 (Up to 18 days). Deadline for applications: 24 August
2018. See more information

Evaluation Specialist
ASHM International is seeking an Evaluation Specialist to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of our Clinical Mentor Model. Position term: 20.08.2018 - 31.10.2018 (Up to 35 days). Deadline for applications: 10th August 2018. 
See more information


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

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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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National Rural Health Conference
24-27 March 2018  |  Hobart TAS

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