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ASHM Nursing Bulletin: March 2018

Welcome to the ASHM Nursing Program bulletin – keeping you up-to-date with happenings in the sector. Please feel free to contact me directly for any contributions or enquires: Melinda Hassall, ASHM Clinical Nurse Lead: / 0422 596 701

IN THIS EDITION  |  ASHM Survey Results  |  Opportunities for involvement  |  Member Profile: Mike Smith  |  Board Member Profile: Penny Kenchington  |  Nurse Advocacy  |  Nurse Policy  |  ASHM News  |  Conferences

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Become an ASHM member and member access benefits
ASHM is a member-based organisation supporting the HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health workforce. Nurses are valuable members of ASHM and are one of the most represented professions within ASHM’s membership. 

Benefits for nurses:
  • Opportunity to join a nurse network to advocate for education and participate in policy and advocacy discussions nationally and within your jurisdictions
  • Access to ASHM scholarships for relevant national and international conference attendance
  • Discounted registration fee to attend Australasian HIV& AIDS and Australasian Sexual Health conferences

ASHM Nurse member annual survey results provides valuable information on how to support our workforce

The survey of nurse members completed in August 2017 provided ASHM with valuable information about the nurse members, their locations of work, areas of expertise and interest and how ASHM is supporting the BBV and STI workforce. The survey results also provided insight in to how ASHM can continue to support nurse members and issues for future focus. Thank you to the 110 nurse members who completed the survey and provided their feedback. Here are some survey highlights from those members.

What does our membership data tell us?
ASHM has a strong knowledge base and level of expertise across health care services within our nurse membership.

Where are our nurse members?

  • 28% are Registered Nurses
  • 67% work in positions Clinical Nurse or higher, including Clinical Nurse Consultants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Managers and Educators

Who are our nurse member respondents?

ASHM Nurse members are located across all states and territories in Australia and also New Zealand.
  • ACT & NSW – 35%
  • QLD – 19%
  • SA – 12%
  • Vic – 16%
  • WA – 13%
  • Tas – 4%
  • NT & NZ – 1%

What about communication?

ASHM Nurse members like to read ASHM eNews and media releases

What about Education?

  • Gaps were identified primarily within sexual health and HIV
  • 80% of you are extremely likely or very likely to recommend ASHM training to your colleagues

What could ASHM do to support your education needs?
You asked ASHM to advocate for increased nurse education at a state and territory level, and to align education with jurisdictional strategies and action plans.

Look out for a link to the 2018 ASHM Nurse member annual survey in the next Nursing Program Bulletin.


Save the date – Sunday 12 August – Adelaide
1-day Nurse-led models of viral hepatitis care forum

Participate in the inaugural ‘Nurse led models of viral hepatitis care forum’ coinciding with the Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference and will provide nurses with the opportunity to learn from their peers regarding the processes, challenges, and solutions identified for establishing a nurse led clinic. 

  For further details: contact


Become a contributor to ASHM's HIV Management in Australasia resource

HIV Management for nurses and midwives chapter is currently under review by the authors. If you would like to contribute to the HIV nursing and midwifery chapter  for example by writing a new section on a relevant topic that has not been addressed in the current version of the chapter  please contact the editor, Dr Liz Crock – Clinical Nurse Consultant HIV and ASHM Vice President via to discuss your ideas.

Save the date – Thursday 10 May – Brisbane
Removing Barriers breakfast panel discussion

Participate in a panel discussion about stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with a blood-borne virus (BBV) accessing healthcare  including nurses and a psychologist who provide care to people with BBVs and a nurse with a lived experience of BBVs.  The discussion is sure to be lively and informative and will encourage reflection on your current practice. Registrations  open in late March. For further details: contact


The ASHM Nurse member network is looking for you!

Do you work in the areas of viral hepatitis, primary health care, are a Midwife, or work in the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, Tasmania or New Zealand, interested in education, policy and advocacy and you’re an ASHM member?

The newly formed ASHM Nurse member network is looking for additional members from these areas to join them in guiding the direction of ASHM’s Nursing Program. Register your interest by contacting