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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.
Statement on Malaysian Flight MH 17

Friday, July 18, 2014

ASHM is shocked and saddened to receive news that a number colleagues and friends, who had been travelling to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that crashed in the Ukraine today.

At this time of terrible loss for the international AIDS community and for the family and friends of everyone who lost their lives, ASHM's sympathy and condolences go out to all those affected by this tragic event.

Further information: Petrana Lorenz, Manager, Communications & Marketing, Email: Petrana.Lorenz@ashm.org.au, Mob: +61  405 158 636 or visit the International AIDS Society facebook page for regular updates.

Support World Hepatitis Day
Please help support World Hepatitis Day on July 28 by signing up to World Hepatitis Alliance's Thunderclap. This will help raise awareness of hepatitis, challenge the stigmas associated with the disease, and get people to Think Again. A Thunderclap is a single message that is shared by a number of people at the same time through social media. 
 

Please visit https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/12255-hepatitis-think-again?locale=en

New National Strategies launched in Melbourne
The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) has welcomed the launch of the new National Strategies by the Health Minister the Hon. Peter Dutton. These address HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses and STIs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. Read ASHM's press release.
Nurses Step Up Activities at AIDS2014
Nurses make up over eighty per cent of the global healthcare workforce. ASHM, along with partner organisations, are holding a number of nursing-related activities at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this year including a welcome reception, a satellite meeting, and a dynamic space in the global village with free talks, resources and networking. Read more
AIDS 2014 releases the "Melbourne Declaration: Nobody Left Behind"
A declaration affirming that non-discrimination is fundamental to an evidence-based response to HIV and effective public health programmes has been announced by the organisers of AIDS 2014. The Declaration calls for the eradication of discrimination against people living with or at risk of HIV, to ensure equal access for all people to HIV prevention, treatment and care. Read the Melbourne Declaration.
OSSHHM and ASHM working to together to enhance health workforce capacity in response to STIs and HIV in the Pacific
The Oceania Society for Sexual Health and HIV Medicine (OSSHHM) and ASHM have been working in partnership to enhance health workforce capacity in response to STIs and HIV in the Pacific. This work was recently published in the Pacific Health Dialog, Journal of Community Health and Clinical Medicine for the Pacific. The article was coordinated by Dr John Rule from the University of New South Wales and was written in collaboration with Hillary Gorman, OSSHHM and ASHM.
ARCSHS' Hepatitis B Patient and Clinical Practice Survey report released
The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society have released the Hepatitis B Patient and Clinical Practice Survey report. This study investigated hepatitis B knowledge and experience of hepatitis B clinical management in liver clinics and general practice among people living with chronic hepatitis B.
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.
HIV clinical updates: new ASHM webpage
ASHM has a new webpage describing the recent to change to the PBAC scheme, specifically the removal of CD<500 requirement for ART. There you will find resource and links  with updated information about increasing the uptake of HIV testing and treatment. 
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 presented there, even if you didn't attend.  Visit ASHM's report-back site www.ashm.info to read all the posts from CROI 2014. You can also access the full broadcast of presentations from CROI
Public Summary Document - s100 criteria for HIV prescribing
Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM), National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) and Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) collaborated on a submission to PBAC regarding the removal of CD4+ cell count restriction for initiation of ART. The Public Summary Document is now available online.
ASHM welcomes positive change to HIV treatment availability
ASHM welcomes the PBAC's announcement to remove the CD4 + <500 count criteria for prescribing s100 medicines for HIV treatment. ASHM, in collaboration with AFAO and NAPWHA and with assistance from the Kirby Institute, led a major submission to have the CD4 count restriction lifted from prescribing antiretroviral therapy on the PBS. Read ASHM's press release and the joint press release issued by ASHM, AFAO and NAPWHA.
ASHM updates PEP Guidelines for HIV exposure
ASHM has released new post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) guidelines for exposure to HIV. The updated guidelines combine non-occupational and occupational HIV exposure in a single document for the first time. A checklist for use in clinical settings is also included as part of the update. The National Guidelines and Checklist are available from www.ashm.org.au/pep-guidelines
Hepatitis B Mapping Project
The Hepatitis B Mapping Project is a joint initiative of ASHM and VIDRL, funded by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing. The project will produce a comprehensive understanding of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) in Australia using data that will help to inform awareness and intervention campaigns to suit the particular local needs of people living with CHB and those providing services to them.
 
Further information can be found on the searchable News Archive
 
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