28 January 2016
The 1st Assembly of the Regional Network in HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 15th – 17th January 2016. The assembly was co-hosted by HIVNAT and the Faculty of Medicine, King Chulalongkorn University.
This Assembly was a great success and represents a long held goal of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) to facilitate links between clinical societies in the Asia & the Pacific regions that through their collective knowledge and experience might contribute meaningfully to the response to blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). There were 53 delegates from 42 different organisations and societies from 16 countries participated in the 1st Assembly of Regional Network.
The purpose of this Assembly was to introduce member organisations and societies of Regional Network to each other with an aim to foster collaboration between these organisations. Activities during the Assembly were directed in order to allow member organisations and societies to explore opportunities and areas of need to strengthen their responses to HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health.
Discussions included learning from experiences, sharing of technical knowledge, education, best practice dissemination, collaboration between organisations and advocacy. Limitations and challenges such as limited resources and funding, inadequate government response with lack of political commitment and leadership were explored. Panels and workshops discussed means of strengthening organisations' responses within constraints in light of collaboration through the Regional Network.
Workshops were conducted during the Assembly to allow participating members and organisations to develop negotiated SMART goals in the fields of guidelines and professional standards, research, developing clinical capacity and role of laboratory in strengthening our response to HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine.
Next steps of the Regional Network were discussed on the last day of the Assembly with delegates and members further acknowledging the need of the Regional Network to strengthen collaborative approach. A report of the Assembly proceedings will be available in the near future.
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our Assembly partners and sponsors The Gilead Foundation and ViiV Healthcare for their support.
For more information please visit: http://www.ashm.org.au/international-programs/international/regional-network