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2008 ASHM Conference Reportback

To download a copy of the 2008 ASHM Conference Handbook please click here
The Handbook contains information on the following:
  • Welcome Letter
  • Reviewers
  • Program at a Glance
  • Key Note Speakers
  • Memorial Sessions
  • General Information
  • Location Map - Hobart City
  • Venue Floor Plans (Hotel Grand Chancellor)
  • Associated Events
  • Consensus Conference
  • Exhibition Booth Listing
  • Exhibition Hall Floor Plan
  • Exhibitor Directory
  • Undergraduate and Junior Research Awards Program
  • Full Conference Program
  • Consensus Conference Program
  • Oral Presentation Abstracts
  • Posters Listing
  • Poster Abstracts
  • Notes
  • Presenting Author Index
Follow this link to search abstracts from both the 2008 Australasian Sexual Health Conference and the Annual ASHM Conference 2008 conferences.
Conference Outline
The 2008 conference was a success in terms of attracting delegates, sponsors and speakers. The level of delegate satisfaction can perhaps be attributed to the smooth organisation of the conference by the in-house team. By building on lessons learnt from the previous conferences, the team was able to refine and improve processes to ensure efficiencies in systems, procedures and staffing. 

The in-house conference team also organised the Australasian Sexual Health Conference which ran back-to-back with the ASHM Conference.  The large number of attendees at both conferences attests to the success of conferences when held back-to-back. 

Delegate numbers were higher than previous years, 1051 people attend both conferences. Of these 1051 delegates 597 attended ASHM only. 817 delegates attended ASHM only and both ASHM & Sexual Health jointly.  234 attended the Australasian Sexual Health Conference only.

Sponsorship monies received again increased by $46,981.70 from the 2006 conference and this highlights the growing confident relationships with sponsors.

The conference attracted a large amount of media coverage, perhaps due to having an AAP health writer to provide onsite coverage. It could also be due to the combining of the ASHM and Sexual Health Conferences where interest in one spilled over into interest in aspects of the other. 

The venue, the Perth Conference and Exhibition Centre provided the benefits of a dedicated conference space.  The delegates were given the choice of several hotels in close walking distance to the venue. It also meant there was a large conference space for sessions, breakout rooms and the exhibition.  The exhibition area was large enough to include the posters and the catering - a preferred format for sponsors, exhibitors and poster presenters.  Delegates reported that the centre was comfortable and easy to navigate, although some found the distance between the exhibition hall and the plenary room a little far

The organisers will be putting together a list of recommendations for the venue which will mainly include the provision of more staff to functions of this size. 

The program began early on Wednesday morning. Delegates were encouraged to register during the afternoon of the day before.  The majority of delegates who were attending both conferences had registered previously or were attending later that day.  This meant there was very little backlog of registrants on the Wednesday morning and no delay to the start of the opening. 
Daily Bulletins
Rapporteur Reports
Reports for each of the conference streams are available in the September 2008 and December 2008 issues of the  ASHM Journal Club.

Scholarship Recipients

Aaron Di Guilmi Albion St Centre, Surry Hills, NSW
Jeffrey Robertson Straight Arrows Inc, Prahan, VIC
Jessica Young Albion St Centre & University Of Wollongong, Oyster Bay, NSW
Jude Armishaw Victorian NPEP Service, Melbourne, VIC
Julianita Purnomo Albion St Centre, Surry Hills, NSW
Megan Plate Burnet Institute, Melbourne, VIC
Melissa Cain St George Hospital, Kogarah, NSW
Michelle Earle Victorian HIV Service, Alfred Health, Prahran, VIC
Sean Farrer Yura Yungi Medical Service, Halls Creek, WA
Yean Kong Yong University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Listed below are the prize winners for the best oral and poster presentations at the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) 2008 Conference. 

Basic Science
Best Oral Presentation - Niamh Keane, Royal Perth Hospital & Murdoch University
Best Poster Presentation - Dino Bee Aik Tan, University of Western Australia

Clinical Medicine
Best Oral Presentation - Benjamin Oliver, University of Western Australia
Best Poster Presentation - Duncan McLellan, Fremantle Hospital
Clinical Case Presentation Winner - Ben Rogers, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Community Program
Best Oral Presentation - Heidi Coupland, National Centre in HIV Epidemiology & Clinical Research
Best Poster Presentation - Beverly Scott-Visser, North Coast Area Health Service

Education, Public Health & Prevention & Policy
Best Oral Presentation - Rachel Deacon, National Centre in HIV Epidemiology & Clinical Research
Best Poster Presentation - Jude Armishaw, Victorian NPEP Service

Best Oral Presentation - Marina Van Leeuwen, National Centre in HIV Epidemiology & Clinical Research
Best Poster Presentation 1 - Preeyaporn Srasuebkul, National Centre in HIV Epidemiology & Clinical Research
Best Poster Presentation 2 - Fatemeh Nakhaee, Kerman University Of Medical Science

Indigenous Health
Best Oral Presentation - David Webb, Sydney West Area Health Service
Best Oral Presentation - Rae-Lin Huang, Nganampa Health Council

Best Oral Presentation 1 - Martha Kupul, Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research 
Best Oral Presentation 2 - Barbara Kepa, Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research 
Best Poster Presentation - Sarah Huffam, NCHADS, Ministry of Health, Cambodia

Nursing & Allied Health, Primary Care
Best Poster Presentation - Aaron Di Guilmi, Albion Street Centre

Social Science
Best Oral Presentation - Dean Murphy, National Centre in HIV Social Research

Sponsors & Supporters

  • Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing - ASHM Conference Supporter 
  • Department of Health Government of Western Australia - ASHM and Sexual Health Conference Supporter
  • AusAID - ASHM Conference Supporter
  • NSW Health and AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) - Session Sponsor
  • GlaxoSmithKline - Gold Sponsor
  • Gilead - Gold Sponsor
  • Boehringer Ingelheim - Silver Sponsor and Juice Bar Sponsor
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme - Silver Sponsor, CD-ROM Handbook Sponsor, and Conference Scholarship Supporter
  • Janssen-Cilag Tibotec - Bronze Sponsor and Internet Café Sponsor
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb - Bronze Sponsor and Satchel Sponsor
  • NSW Health - Bronze Sponsor
  • Abbott - Bronze Sponsor


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