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ASHA sexual health quarterly newsletter
Welcome to the July, 2015 edition of the ASHA Quarterly Sexual Health Newsletter! This 3-monthly newsletter provides a consolidated update on the latest sexual health events, training, research and opportunities. Please send comments or requests to For more information about ASHA go to

World STI & HIV Congress

Register now!
Registration deadline: Monday 31 August 2015
Joining IUSTI (International Union against STIs) on a two year full membership will give you discounted registration to the World STI & HIV Congress. Find out more about IUSTI membership here. For evolving information on the World STI & HIV Congress, visit the Congress website or contact


2015 ASHA Social Networking Event

14 September 2015 | 6pm-8pm | World STI & HIV Congress | Brisbane
You are warmly invited to attend the 2015 ASHA social networking event 'Coming Together: Getting to know ASHA and each other' at the World STI & HIV Congress! Come together to meet and mingle with your colleagues from across our diverse range of multidisciplinary organisations. Drinks and canapés will be served. Registration details can be found on the ASHA website.

ASHA Collaborator Prizes

Check out the ASHA collaborator prizes to be awarded at the 2015 World HIV & STI Congress. ASHA is delighted to announce a new award to be presented at the Congress - the Mid-Career Multidisciplinary Achiever Award.

ASHA welcomes a new collaborator - NSW STI Programs Unit

ASHA continues to evolve and grow, and has expanded its multidisciplinary collaboration to include the NSW STI Programs Unit (STIPU). ASHA is grateful for the expertise that STIPU brings, and looks forward to ongoing opportunities to work together and strengthen bonds within the sexual health sector. To find out more about becoming a collaborator in ASHA, contact us at

ASHA endorses new online learning module for GPs

ASHA have endorsed the new STIGMA one-hour online learning module for GPs, Becoming more Gay Friendly in your Practice. Login and earn 2 RACGP QI&CPD points!

ASHA Book Review

Read the book review by Dr Lynnette Wray, President of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine, of 'Sexual Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach', edited by A/Prof. Meredith Temple-Smith.

Save the date - 2016 Australasian Sexual Health Conference

The 2016 Australasian Sexual Health Conference will take place 26-28 October 2016 in Adelaide. Stay tuned for more information! 

Training & Events

Australia & New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society & Australasian Menopause Society Workshops

14-15 August 2015 | Alice Springs, NT
Clinicians with an interest in women’s health, particularly vulvovaginal disease, sexual health and menopause are invited to attend the Clinical Update Meeting, Sexual Health Workshop and Australasian Menopause Society Menopause Workshop. Visit the website for more information.

Global Female Condom Conference 

1-3 December 2015 | Durban, South Africa
UAFC together with 3 international partners will be hosting the 3rd Global Female Condom Conference, with this years theme ‘Initiate, Innovate, Integrate’.

ASHM Training

ASHM provides free education for health professionals in HIV, viral hepatitis and STI. Visit the ASHM website to view upcoming training in your area. 

Kirby Institute Short Courses

The Kirby Institute is offering three short courses from October - December 2015. 

Sector News

Society of Australian Sexologists 

Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS) are updating their website. Visit the SAS website to find information about state based educational activities and meetings. Sexuality is an important part of people's lives and needs to be addressed when issues that may affect sexuality are treated by health professionals.

Advancing sexual and reproductive wellbeing in Australia: the Melbourne Proclamation

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Family Planning Alliance Australia (FPAA) have recently launched the Melbourne Proclamation designed to advance sexual and reproductive wellbeing in Australia.

#PurpleMySchool campaign creates safe spaces for LGBTI students

UNESCO, UNDP and Being LGBT in Asia have launched a #PurpleMySchool campaign to create safe spaces for LGBTI students across Asia and the Pacific.

Addressing sexuality in dementia

Journal of Alzheimers Disease & Parkinsonism | March 2015
This short commentary highlights the challenges for healthcare providers in addressing sexuality in patients with dementia and describes management options. 

Supporting decision making tool for GPs

Family Planning NSW has released an innovative and practical reproductive and sexual health tool to support clinicians working with people with a disability.

HIV drug PrEP not linked to greater risk for depression

AIDS and Behavior | June 2015 
A new paper out of the iPrEx study - a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of daily oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in men and transgender women who have sex with men - reported no link between taking Truvada for oral PrEP and experiencing depression.

Dr Google, porn and friend-of-a-friend: Where are young men really getting their sexual health information?

Sexual Health | July 2015
Google, porn and mates are some of the places young men get their sexual health information. This research suggests improvements to school-based sexual education and online resources are needed to improve access to sexual health education for young Australian men. 

Cuba eliminates mother-to-child HIV and syphilis

WHO | June 2015
Cuba is the first country in the world to receive validation from the World Health Organization for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

Chlamydia vaccine on the horizon?

Science | June 2015
An international research team have discovered how to stimulate the immune response to Chlamydiae both efficiently and preventively. 

Sexual Function in Women with Deep Endometriosis

International Journal of Sexual Health | Vol. 27 2015
This study evidenced that deep endometriosis has a significant impact on sexuality and body image. 

Early presentation of symptomatic individuals is critical in controlling STIs

Sexual Health | June 2015
Access to health care, and not sexual risk, is critical to STI control in remote Indigenous communities.

Young people’s views on porn

Sexual Health | May 2015
Many young people are exposed to porn both intentionally and unintentionally, and are concerned about gendered norms that reinforce men’s power and subordination over women.

Employment Opportunities

Sexual Health/HIV Registered Nurse

Western Sydney Sexual Heath Centre, Sydney NSW
Applications close 22 July 2015.

Aboriginal Sexual Health Promotions Officer

Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council, Darwin NT
Applications close 20 July 2015.

Community Health Promotion Officer, Testing Services

ACON, Sydney NSW
Applications close 27 July 2015.

Sexual Health Resident Medical Officer 2-4 / Registrar 1-4 

Canberra Sexual Health Centre, Canberra ACT
Applications close 16 August 2015.

Staff Specialist - Sexual Health Service

The Tasmanian Health Service, various locations TAS
Applications close 24 July 2015.

Project Officer - Indigenous Youth Sexual Health Education Project

Family Planning Queensland, Maroochydore QLD
Applications close 24 July 2015.

About ASHA

The Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA) is a group of organisations with an interest in sexual health, formed to facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations to support the Australasian sexual health workforce. ASHA works to improve national and local responses to sexual health issues, via a multidisciplinary support network and aims to strengthen bonds between specialists, GPs, nurses, researchers and other key contributors to the sexual health sector, through collaboration in sexual health education, training, policy-making and research.

ASHA is a committee formed under s51 of the constitution of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM). ASHM provides much of ASHA’s infrastructure including the provision of secretariat, technical support, annual conference facilitation, and funding support. The committee of ASHA provides the guidance upon which ASHM acts in relation to policy, educational and resource based support for the sexual health workforce. For more information on the formation and governance of ASHA please contact

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