The Regional Network – supporting the workforce in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health in the Asia and Pacific Regions

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The Regional Network represents 45 national professional societies, associations and organisations across Asia and the Pacific regions that support HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health care work force development and providers. The Regional Network supports the skills and needs of professionals, in order to provide state-of-the-art advice to national HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health bodies and best practice care to people affected by, and living with, HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections across Asia and the Pacific regions.

The Regional Network is committed to the principles of inclusion, gender, disability and human rights contexts. Regional Network members actively seek collaborative projects, which allow the strengthening of capacity and professional development of relevant health care providers experiencing similar challenges and contexts.

The Regional Network was formed in 2008 through mutual interests and agreements between the founding members. 

For further information on Regional Network members and activities:
Access the website here

 

Purpose​​

Regional Network member organisations are engaged in the care and management of a range of illnesses and conditions associated with HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health in Asia and the Pacific regions. These include tuberculosis, viral hepatitis, sexually transmissible infections, malaria, neurological conditions and injecting drug practices.

For example, in 2013-14, HIV health care workers from four Pacific countries spent time in Papua New Guinea (PNG) , learning and up-skilling HIV care strategies with their PNG colleagues.

The Regional Network seeks to engage with other organisations working in Asia and the Pacific regions in support of national and regional HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health programs and the long-term sustainability of related programs. Those organisations include UNAIDS, WHO, GFATM, ASAP, bilateral aid and development projects and, donors from both government and non-government sectors. 

 

Membership

Current membership consists of 45 national HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health professional societies, related organisations and individuals of sixteen countries across Asia and the Pacific regions.

Those societies are: Associação Dos Médicos Timor-Leste (AMTL), Ikatan Dokter Indonesia (IDI), Angsamerah Institution (Indonesia), Oceania Society for Sexual Health and HIV Medicine (OSSHM based in Fiji and representing 16 countries and territories), Papua New Guinea Sexual Health Society (PNGSHS), AIDS Society of the Philippines (ASP), Vietnam Clinical HIV/AIDS Society (VCHAS), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD (Myanmar), Center for Liver Health (Hong Kong), AsiaHep (Hong Kong), HIV Medical Association of India (HIVMAI), Indian Society of Gastroenterology, AAAMH Health Care (Indonesia), Eijkman Institute (Indonesia), Perhimpunan Dokter Peduli AIDS Indonesia (PDPAI) - Indonesia Association of Physicians in AIDS care, PPHI - Indonesian Association for the Study of the Liver, Japanese Society for AIDS Research, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), Mahosot Hospital - Ministry of Health (Laos), Malaysian Academy of Medicine, Malaysian Liver Foundation, Malaysian Society for HIV Medicine (MASHM), Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CEIRA) University of Malaya, International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections - Asia - Pacific Region, Papua New Guinea Sexual Health Society, Pacific Society for Reproductive Health, National University Health System Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Singapore), Communicable Disease Centre (Singapore), National Skin Centre Singapore Department of STI Control (DSC) Clinic, Communicable Disease Centre (Singapore), HIV Programme - National University of Singapore, Mt Elizabeth Hospital (Singapore), Society for Infectious Diseases (Sinagpore), Action for AIDS (Singapore), College of Venereologists (Sexual Health and HIV Medicine, Sri Lanka), Taiwan AIDS Society, The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre (TRCARC), Thai AIDS Society (TAS), Dr KH Wong (Hong Kong), Prof DS Chen (Taiwan), Dr Nick Paton (Singapore), Dr Graham Neilsen (Australia) and Australasian Society for HIV, Viral hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM).

The Regional Network seeks funding to conduct an annual one-two day workshop and general meeting of Executive Officers and selected Board members.

Executive Officers also use regional conferences and workshops which they are attending, including the annual Australasian HIV and AIDS Conference and the biannual ICAAP Congress, to conduct these meetings.

ASHM currently facilitates the Network's coordination, due to funding support and ASHM Board support.

Click here to learn more about Current Members of the Regional Network.

 

More Information

The Regional Network welcomes membership enquiries from other professional societies representing HIV and related health care workers in Asia and the Pacific, as well as enquiries from medical associations and individuals interested in establishing such societies within their countries.

Please click on the links on the right hand side for more information, or email regionalnetwork@ashm.org.au​​ if you have any enquiries.

 

The Regional Network Assembly

The 1st Assembly of the Regional Network was held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 15 – 17 January, 2016. The Assembly was back-to-back with the 18th Bangkok International Symposium on HIV Medicine from 13 – 15 January, 2016.

Learn more about the Assembly at its website​

 

​​The Regional Network Newsletters

Read Edition 1 of the Network's newsletter (July 2014) 

Read  Edition 2 (December 2014)

Read  Edition 3 (July 2015)

​​​​​​​​Read  Edition 4​ (November 2015)

Newsletters were replaced by an active website. The Regional Network produces occasional papers on updates for conferences and meetings. Members are alerted when changes are made. 

Visit Regional Network website

​​Key international studies

Pacific Multicountry Mapping and Behavioural Study Key Findings