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Selected members of the 2016 Australasian HIV+AIDS Conference committee share their voices of encouragement to invite you to join the delegation in Adelaide (16-18 November) as registrations soon draw to close at end-October.

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17 October 2016:  With registrations closing soon for this year's 2016 Australasian HIV+AIDS Conference held in Adelaide (Wednesday 16 - Friday 18 November 2016) that will be held back-to-back with the Australasian Sexual Health Conference (Monday 14 - Wednesday 16 November 2016) — selected members of the conference​ committee share their voices of encouragement to invite you to join the delegation.


REGISTER ONLINE HERE before 28 October

Alternatively download the registration flyer PDF here

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Jennifer Hoy  |  The Alfred Hospital + Monash University

Why am I encouraging you to attend?

This conference will:

    • Bring you the latest information on the current status of HIV Cure research – from the bench to clinical studies to how the community perceives the science

    • Bring you the latest changes to Antiretroviral Treatment – PrEP and PEP Guidelines, including the results of local studies and international experiences in implementing these prevention technologies; and also hepatitis C treatment

    • Enable you to evaluate and review progress of Australia's efforts to achieve 90:90:90 targets by 2020 – 90% of people diagnosed; 90% on treatment; and 90% of treated individuals with virological suppression

_ASHM16_JenniferHoy.jpgWhy am I attending?

The conference provides ample opportunity to attend cross discipline symposia addressing critical issues affecting the response to diagnosis, prevention of HIV and provision of quality care for those diagnosed with HIV. I will be able to discuss the opportunities and barriers to ensuring everyone has access to the care they need, in the location they want to receive it. The Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference is the place to hear about research performed locally in Australia and the Region – a place to mentor and encourage our junior researchers. I relish the opportunity to network with colleagues and friends of many years and discuss the changes and challenges we continue to face as clinicians and researchers.

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Martin Holt  |  Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW

Why am I encouraging you to attend?

One of the key messages from the program's Theme C focuses on successful ways to engage diverse populations in HIV prevention, including gay and bisexual men, heterosexual people and migrant populations.

Why am I attending?

The Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference is a key meeting in my calendar. I use it to learn about key developments in Australasia and the region, discuss my research with interstate colleagues, and gauge the mood and direction of the field. _ASHM16_MartinHolt.jpgThe meeting is important to me in sustaining collaborative relationships, and to identify priority areas for future work.

Why am I encouraging you to attend?

The Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference is one of the few meetings at which the entire HIV sector – affected communities, clinicians, researchers, educators and policymakers - get together to identify new ways forward and debate progress in tackling HIV. The exposure to this range of perspectives is vital to remain informed and engaged.

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Bridget Haire  |  The Kirby Institiute, UNSW

I’m looking forward to this year’s conference program that will:

    • Address the major strategic issues facing the Australian response to HIV in a rapidly changing environment

    • Explore how chaining identities are shaping the epidemic in 2016, with 'PrEP-sters' and 'Undetectable' replacing concepts of sero-status

    • Highlight regional challenges and community-led solutions in Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea

_ASHM16_BridgetHaire.jpgWhy am I attending?

Just about everything has changed in HIV in recent years, and this conference presents the best opportunity to understand how these significant shifts are affecting the response to HIV in Australia and our region. This conference provides a unique opportunity to understand the epidemic in its context – social, political as well as biomedical. The cultural and political track is the strongest we have seen in years and should not be missed by anyone interested in shaping our response to HIV in the future.

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Levinia Crooks  |  ASHM

Why is attending the conference beneficial?

What you can’t get from attending a conference from auditing the sessions from your PC at home/work is the overall experience – the gestalt of the whole event: the vibe of a delegation meeting together; the occasions to talk with colleagues; and the ability to have and link several conversations together from attending various program events. The sharing of ideas is very exciting.

_ASHM16_LeviniaCrooks.jpgWhat else is exciting about this year’s program?

This year, the Sexual Health and the HIV/AIDS conference are together. We’re coming to a point where people truly understand that you can’t talk about HIV without talking about STIs [and vice versa] – HIV being one of those important STIs.

For instance, there is considerable concern about the potential for HIV PrEP to drive up STIs. Does PrEP increase people’s risk of STIs or is this higher risk group more likely to test for STIs to begin with?  We’re having this discourse with a number of papers that is looking into that; and being able to treat people with STIs because they are going onto PrEP.

What will you not miss in this year's program?

Innovative ways to improve the demand for testing – an update on the technology and review of programs and novel implementation opportunities:  This paper with Philip CunninghamMark Stoove and others looks at different technologies and approaches to HIV testing, addressing the need to making it more available to people – whether dry-blood testing, point-of-care testing, home testing – and also looking at testing frequencies.

On continuing with implementations of HIV testing: I’m looking forward to invited speaker, Valerie Delpeche, who [in a previous conference] spoke on 'HIV trigger testing' with the HIDES program in the UK – where you test somebody if they have some other condition which would make you suspect HIV could either be the cause or co-infection.

Identifying outlier populations and public health interventions to prevent these infections among vulnerable populations, is something of strong importance at this meeting. For instance: People with an established infection, people who aren't necessarily a part of an identifiable community – people who have never even thought about HIV.  These groups of people are unknown to us – as we try to estimate the size of that population, and try and reach people who haven't been diagnosed, and to respond to those less common aspects of the infection.

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David Baker  |  General Practitioner, Sydney

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This is a time of revolutionary advances in our understanding and treatment of blood-borne viruses – HIV, hepatitis B and C.

Australia is leading the world with widespread community and primary care prevention and treatment.

Our National HIV conference is a great opportunity to meet, learn and exchange ideas and to continue the successful partnership between the community, clinicians and researchers.

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Prof. Paddy A Phillips  |  Chief Medical Officer & Chief Public Health Officer, SA Health

We are pleased that the Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference and Australasian Sexual Health Conference are to be held in Adelaide this November. Offering an excellent opportunity for SA health workers and those from our neighbouring States and Territories to experience these conferences closer to home. The conferences are vital for remaining informed on changes in the HIV and Sexual Health sectors and to network across the many disciplines in attendance.

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Photo: Eros, Rundle Street by Adam Bruzzone (2014)


​About the Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference

The 2016 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference marks the 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)—and continues its run as the premier HIV Conference in Australia and the Asia and Pacific region.

The conference was first launched in 1989 in response to the emerging area of clinical care for HIV. Since its inception as a small meeting of medical practitioners brought together under the umbrella of ASAP (the Australian Society of AIDS Physicians) the HIV&AIDS Conference has grown into the region’s premier medical/scientific conference in the HIV and related diseases sector, attracting speakers and delegates from around the world.

Since 2005 the Conference has been held back-to-back with the Australasian Sexual Health Conference with one full day of overlap, providing a unique opportunity to look at HIV in the broader context of sexual health. Together, the conferences attract more than 1000 delegates from across the region.

Delegates to the conference come from a range of professional backgrounds including basic science, clinical medicine, community programs, education, epidemiology, indigenous health, international and regional issues, nursing and allied health, policy, primary care, public health and prevention, and social research.

See the Abstracts, Presentations, Photos and more from the 2015 Conference by visiting the 2015 Conference Website here

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