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.
(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.
The first Australian STI Management Guidelines designed for GPs and primary health care nurses have now been launched and are accessible through the website www.sti.guidelines.org.au 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
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
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.
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.
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