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ASHM Strategic Plan 2015-2010
The ASHM Board has released the draft strategic plan 2015 -2020 for members' comments and feedback. Please provide any feedback by COB Thursday 5 March 2015 to
PrEP updates for HIV clinicians
ASHM has developed a Communique that details current information about PrEP and links to the Australian PrEP Guidelines, which were endorsed Monday 16 Feb. The communique also links to the ACON Ending HIV Website which carries recently released detailed instructions about the personal importation of PrEP. In addition, The Australian National PrEP Guidelines and chapter on Biomedical Prevention (chapter 12 of the HIV Management in Australasia 2015 resource) are now available. Please visit for all resources and links.
IAS Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention Conference Scholarship Program Open
The ASHM Scholarship Program is now open to clinicians working in HIV medicine. Find out more about how to apply.
Second National Hepatitis B Mapping Report Available
A new report about hepatitis B in Australia will be released to coincide with World Cancer Day. For the first time, national datasets are used to indicate the current level of diagnosis, monitoring and treatment, as well as vaccination rates and outcomes of infection. The second national report to be produced from Hepatitis B Mapping project has found that only 57 per cent of people living with hepatitis B have been diagnosed. Alarmingly, only 13 per cent are receiving guideline-based care. Read the media release, and download the report.
ASHM CEO Speaks at Parliamentary Inquiry into Hepatitis C
Following a referral from the former Minister for Health, the Standing Committee on Health has begun a Parliamentary Inquiry into Hepatitis C in Australia. The inquiry terms of reference included surveillance, testing, treatment, prevention and the costs associated with treating the short term and long-term impacts of hepatitis C in the community. As one of the peak organisations in the viral hepatitis sector, ASHM was invited to contribute to the inquiry. Read more
ASHM Leadership and Mentoring Program Report published
In July 2014 almost 200 health care workers from 20 countries in the Asia, Pacific and African regions participated in this five-day event as part of AIDS 2014. ASHM was joined by collaborators from AFAO, ARCSHS, Burnet Institute, Kirby Institute, Monash University, Sydney Universities, and National Reference Laboratories to provide leadership and mentoring in a range of hands-on skills-building workshops. Most participants also attended a short course before the AIDS conference. The short courses covered a range of topics, including: HIV Medicine, Community Advocacy, Research and Laboratory skills.
Media release: ASHM calls for more opportunistic HIV screening in Australia
(Sydney, 1 December 2014): The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) is today calling on general practices across Australia to use World AIDS Day as an opportunity to open the conversation about HIV with patients and offer testing.
National STI Guidelines for Primary Care Providers Now Available
The first Australian STI Management Guidelines designed for GPs and primary health care nurses have now been launched and are accessible through the website The Guidelines are an online resource and provide concise information to support the prevention, testing, diagnosis, management and treatment for sexually transmissible infections. The Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA), a committee of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM), developed the Guidelines with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health. RACGP, APNA and many other national organisations have supported the development of the Guidelines to ensure they reflect best practice and are presented in the most appropriate format for primary care. Read the Media Release
World Hepatitis Day
This World Hepatitis Day, medical practitioners are asked to consider regular liver check-ups as a standard part of care for people living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C, just as they would check blood pressure and cholesterol in people at risk of heart attack or stroke. This simple approach could save many lives. 
Hepatitis Australia today also launched its Hepatitis Report Card, which can be viewed at its microsite, Liver Danger Zone
COURSES: For viral hepatitis courses in your area, see
RESOURCES: For resources on viral hepatitis see
Aged Care Workers & HIV
After clear and strong demand from the Aged Care sector, ASHM has released a 12-page, easy-to-understand resource for Aged Care Workers about HIV and Ageing.
Report on the HIV Earlier Treatment Workshop and associated training materials
The report on the HIV Earlier Treatment Workshop, held in Brisbane on 15 March and supported by the Queensland Government and HIV Foundation of Queensland is now available.
ASHM members report-back from CROI 2014
The 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) was recently held in Boston, Massachusetts. ASHM members that attended CROI 2014 have reported-back on various sessions, so that you can brush up on the new research drugsfort presented there, even if you didn't attend. Visit ASHM's report-back site to read all the posts from CROI 2014. You can also access the full broadcast of presentations from CROI.
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