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ASHM Organisational News


Winner of the ASHM membership draw announced 

This year, ASHM members who renewed their membership by 30 June 2013 went into a draw to win an iPad Mini. We are pleased to announce that Joanne Leamy from Cairns Sexual Health Service is the lucky winner. Congratulations Joanne and thank you to all our members.


HIV&AIDS Conference program highlights

ASHM is pleased to announce that the HIV&AIDS Conference program is now available online. This year, for the first time, we're pleased to provide you with program highlights – a preview of the  Conference's themes drafted by the conference conveners themselves. If you haven't booked your tickets to Darwin yet, don't delay: early-bird is closed, but current ASHM members can still get a generous discount on registration. Register now.

Engaging the next generation of sector workers

ASHM introduced a Student Membership Program in April 2013. As a first step, the program began strengthening ties with medical schools across the country by establishing a speaker network. This program aims to develop a better understanding of what may attract students to the sector at the same time as providing an introduction to key issues. The work will continue in the lead up to AIDS 2014. To find out more about ASHM's student initiative contact ASHM Membership.

New resource provides the 'facts' about BBVs for correctional officers

ASHM has developed a new resource as part of its Profession-Based Booklet series. Correctional Officers and Blood-Borne Viruses is an update to the existing hepatitis C publication and has been expanded to include information about HIV and HBV.

Updated Australian Commentary on ARV Guidelines

ASHM is pleased to announce that the latest commentary to help certified medical practitioners prescribe HIV antiretroviral agents in Australia is now available on ASHM's ARV Guidelines website. For more information please contact Paula Runnals.

Sexual Health Competency Standards for Primary Health Care Nurses

The Sexual Health Competency Standards for Primary Health Care Nurses have been developed to support primary health care nurses’ practice in sexual health care, both as a professional development resource to increase their scope of practice and for use as an advocacy tool. They were developed by NSW STI Programs, in partnership with ASHM, Australasian Sexual Health and HIV Nurses Association (ASHHNA), Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA), Family Planning NSW (FPNSW) and the NSW Sexual Health Infoline (SHIL). Read more.  

Distance education for sexual health nursing

Sexual Health Nursing: Principles and Practice and Sexual Health Nursing: Clinical Practice are distance education (DE) subjects for nurses working in sexual health, or who want to develop an advanced knowledge base to work in a variety of sexual health settings. Developed by ASHM and the ACN, the subjects are now included in the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice. ASHM receives funding from NSW Ministry of Health to provide scholarships for NSW nurses to enroll in these courses. For more information on application criteria contact: ASHM Nursing Program Manager.

ASHM International's work was reported on in the Fiji Sun

ASHM and our Pacific partner OSSHHM have developed a workshop to upskill health care workers to develop, perform, and evaluate training programs for advanced sexual health and HIV. The workshop is organised by Fiji University at the request of OSSHHM, and is funded by the AusAID Regional HIV Capacity Building Program 2012-2014. It was reported on in the Fiji Sun.

News from our OSMs

Announcement of ANZANAC's AGM

ANZANAC (Victorian Branch) is holding their AGM on Thursday, 10 October from 6pm in Abbotsford, Melbourne. The AGM includes a presentation by Stef Christian on ‘My Journey Kit:’ An innovative resource for women living with HIV. Non-ANZANAC members are welcome to attend and join on the night (annual membership fee is $35, including dinner). ANZANAC is an organisational sustaining member of ASHM and ANZANAC members are welcome to ASHM affiliate membership.


The Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre and the Burnet Institute have developed PRONTO!, a new, fast, free and confidential rapid HIV screening service for gay men. Service users can get preliminary results within half an hour. PRONTO! is located in Fitzroy. Visit the PRONTO website and read more about rapid testing.


ACON in partnership Sydney Sexual Health Centre has also launched a community-based rapid HIV and STI screening service called a[TEST] in June. a[TEST] is a service for gay men and uses peer educators to administer rapid HIV tests as well as provide results. For more information and bookings, visit the a[TEST] website or call 02 9206 2000.

David Wilson awarded 2013 3M Eureka Prize

A/Prof David Wilson from the Kirby Institute, UNSW has been awarded the 2013 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science for his use of sophisticated scientific techniques to understand the spread of HIV/AIDS and provide ongoing leadership and evidence-based advice to governments and agencies seeking to respond to epidemics. ASHM congratulates David and his team on a well-deserved award.

STI and BBVs through APNA online learning

This interactive online learning course has been designed to provide primary health care nurses with an understanding of the management of sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses such as HIV and viral hepatitis, and to raise awareness of the importance of STI testing, contact tracing and discussing safe sex and prevention with their clients. This course is often used as a prerequisite to ASHM’s sexual health nursing courses. For more information visit

ACON I'm On campaign

A new HIV prevention campaign targeting gay men is reinforcing the crucial importance of condom use to ending the transmission of HIV in NSW by the end of the decade. Produced by ACON, the I'm On campaign is the next stage of the Ending HIV initiative which aims to inform gay men about action they can take to help eliminate the transmission of the HIV virus from NSW by 2020.

Hepatitis NSW invitation: HepLink Symposium & WebLink

Hepatitis NSW invites you to a HepLink Symposium & WebLink from 10am-12pm on Friday 27 September 2013. Broadcast online from ASHM’s offices in Surry Hills, the Symposium will discuss the potential of Fibroscan and feature presentations from Gary Gahan (SESILHD HARP Coordinator), Genelle Jessup (MDS GP Education Coordinator) and HNSW. Download the flyer, and register your attendance either in person or online by emailing Robert Wisniewski.

SHSQ announces new committee members

The Sexual Health Society of Queensland is pleased to announce their new committee for the 2013 and 2014 term. Read the full announcement.  

Call for nominations: Hepatitis Queensland Annual Recognition Award

The Hepatitis Queensland Annual Recognition Award recognises outstanding commitment to the advancement of prevention, support, management or treatment for people living with viral hepatitis. If you know a person or group in Queensland who meets these criteria, please submit a nomination form by 30 September 2013.

Living Positive Victoria: Senior Voices Project

Living Positive Victoria’s new Senior Voices Project seeks to address the rapidly changing issues of HIV and ageing. They are recruiting a team of committed and passionate older (50+) PLHIV speakers from across Victoria to become ambassadors in raising awareness on the many negative stereotypes associated with living with HIV and ageing. Read more about this project.

Positive Women Victoria

The Positive Women Victoria (PWV) website has recently been updated to include more information on the organisation’s projects and an additional 40 national and international resources on HIV and women. The entire My Journey Kit is also available online along with information on the National Women's Conference, the Women's Networking Zone and the recent statistics relating to women and HIV in Australia.

Postgraduate degrees at the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health

The Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) is seeking passionate, engaged and motivated applicants for MA (Research) and PhD degrees who are interested in understanding and influencing change in the fields of health, sex, drugs and risk. Find out more about this exciting study opportunity.

Other Sector News

Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) program research grant 2014

The deadline for concept proposals for the latest round of funding of the CNIHR program is October 16. The CNIHR program welcomes innovative proposals from early-stage scientists without prior experience in HIV research to answer essential questions in HIV research, including emerging issues of long term survival with HIV infection, prevention of HIV transmission, and research toward a cure. For more details, visit the CNIHR website or contact Additionally, the CNIHR program has two upcoming webinars in October 2013 which will focus on grantsmanship and application/administrative questions. 

SHBBV program planning toolkit for health professionals

The WA Sexual Health and Blood-Borne Virus Applied Research and Evaluation Network (SiREN) has launched a new tool kit for managers, service providers, clinicians and project officers in the sexual health and blood-borne virus (SHBBV) sector. The toolkit contains information, tools and quick links to assist practitioners in planning, implementing and evaluating health interventions. Download a copy of the SHBBV Program Planning Toolkit.

Articles of interest: HIV

Below are some of the headlines for articles relating to HIV. See the HIV headlines in full here.

Vaccine 'clears HIV-like virus' in monkeys

HIV warning for injectors of performance enhancing drugs

FDA approves new drug to treat HIV infection

Keeping pace with HIV: A clinical overview for nurse practitioners
The American Journal of Primary Health Care

High adherence to HIV prophylaxis may raise efficacy for couples where one partner has HIV
PLOS Medicine

Having HPV doubles risk of getting HIV in six-study meta-analysis
Sexually Transmitted Infections/BMJ

Shop front rapid HIV test site an Australian first

2013 LGBT Honour’s Awards nominees announced 
Same Same

Worldwide death rate for AIDS cut by 21 per cent since 2006
Global Burden of Disease Study 2010

Predicting HIV treatment response more accurately
Swiss National Science Foundation

Modernisation of HIV rules to better protect public

New HIV cases spotlight adult film industry's testing system

Sex rate and condom use low in people on ART in Papua New Guinea
AIDS Research and Therapy

Considerable increase in unprotected sex found in French gay survey

HIV drug resistance in Papua New Guinea
Islands Business

Testing time for HIV
BMJ Comment

Follow-up study backs circumcision against HIV
PLOS Medicine

Preferred HIV testing services and program characteristics among clients of a rapid HIV testing program
BMC Public Health

Qld records 15 per cent drop in new HIV cases

Community pharmacies are effective locations for rapid HIV testing
Journal of AIDS Patient Care and STDs

Articles of interest: HCV

Below are some of the headlines for articles relating to HCV. See the HCV headlines in full here.

Sofosbuvir-Ribavirin drug combination shows promise for hard-to-treat HCV cases

Non-invasive test as good as biopsy for HCV morbidity and mortality rates
Liver International

Interferon reponse reduces liver disease and death in HIV/HCV coinfected

New genetically humanised mouse model for HCV

HCV viremia and risk of chronic kidney disease in HIV-infected individuals
The Journal of Infectious Diseases

New HCV genotype testing approved by FDA

Articles of interest: HBV

Below are some of the headlines for articles relating to HBV. See the HBV headlines in full here.

Call for Coalition HBV commitment
SBS World News

Falling HBV immunity prompts vaccination call
Sexually Transmitted Infections

Indonesia gets Bio Farma infant pentavalent vaccines
BioSpectrum Bureau

HBV infant deaths drastically reduced by immunisation program

High rates of HBV in Indigenous communities
BMC Infectious Diseases

 Articles of interest: Other STIs

Below are some of the headlines for articles relating to STIs. See the STIs headlines in full here.

Legal issues muddy Chlamydia control
MJA InSight

Call to legalise partner therapy
Medical Observer

STI consequences for first-time mums
Sexually Transmitted Infections

Educating practice staff about Chlamydia boosts detection in young adults
Sexually Transmitted Infections

HPV vaccine wears off quickly in HIV-positive women
Family Practice News

Having HPV doubles risk of getting HIV in six-study meta-analysis
Sexually Transmitted Infections

Men twice as likely to have Chlamydia
Medical Observer

Meningococcal outbreaks in NYC
Australian Doctor

Testing for Chlamydia at home appears to boost screening rates
BMJ Open

Tasmania’s Chlamydia cases drop

Calls to roll out HPV vaccines in New Zealand
NZ City

Key conference on Pacific health held in Fiji
ABC Radio Australia

Conferences and Events

NZSHS Annual Conference

The New Zealand Sexual Health Society (NZSHS) is holding their annual conference entitled Getting into bed together in the North Island town of Rotorua on November 8-9, 2013. This year’s theme celebrates collaboration and reducing disparities. Register for Getting into bed together now.

20th National Symposium on Hepatitis B & C 2013, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne

The 20th National Symposium on Hepatitis B & C 2013 will be held on Saturday 16 November 2013. Speakers include Dr Jordan Feld, Toronto Western Hospital and Dr Gail Matthews, The Kirby Institute, UNSW. ASHM will have a booth at the Symposium.

The University of Queensland education course in HIV medicine

The HIV & HCV Education Projects of the School of Medicine, The University of Queensland is happy to announce that the Education Course in HIV Medicine will be held on Saturday 2 November 2013 in Tweed Heads. Download the Education Projects brochure and application form, or apply for the course online.

Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD) National Conference

The APSAD National Conference will be held from the 24 –27 November 2013 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference will include presentations focussing on new treatment, prevention and policy in the areas of drugs and alcohol research from local, national and international perspectives.

2nd Annual NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium, Sydney

The 2nd Annual NHMRC Symposium will be held on 2-3 October, and will showcase Australia's talent and creativity across the spectrum of research translation including advances from innovation and industry, through to clinical and public health practice and health policy. You can peruse the program, find out more on the website, and register online.

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