ASHM International runs a series of short courses in HIV medicine, HIV/viral hepatitis co-infection and related conditions
Clinical and Laboratory Mentoring is one of the ways that ASHM courses focus on the needs of clinicians and the needs of key affected populations
ASHM International conducts a variety of educational activities and programs, in collaboration with regional and Australian partner organisations, aimed at enhancing the HIV, viral hepatitis and STI clinical capacities of health care providers in Asia and the Pacific.
The Short Course in HIV Medicine and Related Conditions and Managing HIV in Key Affected Populations in the Asia and Pacific Regions that ASHM conducted between 2004-2014 were intensive programs for experienced HIV clinicians and health care providers and attracts participants from Asia and the Pacific.
ASHM International manages a unique program of clinical and laboratory mentoring, through which HIV and related experts undertake regular, short-term mentoring visits to participating sites over an agreed duration in order to facilitate clinical capacity development and sustainability.
ASHM International also contributed to the ASHM Leadership, Networking and Mentoring Program which links and provides networking and mentoring opportunities to people working in the HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health sectors.
Is it HIV? is a clinical and training resource aimed at enhancing early diagnosis and treatment of HIV in Asian and Pacific settings. The resource is available in hard copy and in e–learning. There is a Bahasa Indonesian edition and a Vietnamese edition of the resource.
ASHM conducted the International Short Course in HIV Medicine and Related Conditions from 2004 - 2014, adjacent to the Australasian HIV and AIDS Conference and in 2014 the World AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne.
The course is designed to meet the needs of participants from countries in the Asian and Pacific regions who have an advanced level of knowledge and professional experience in HIV management. The course focuses on:
Site visits were included as part of the program.
Participants receive ongoing follow up and support through a range of mechanisms.
ASHM also collaborates in regional training programs. These are developed together with our local partners in order to better address the clinical challenges, as well as the epidemiology and the social and cultural responses to HIV in specific settings and populations.
Drawn from ASHM's extensive membership, ASHM's mentors provide clinical and laboratory expertise to clinicians and other health workers in sites across the Asia and Pacific regions. Through regular, short term visits, mentors build professional relationships with local clinicians and health workers to provide practical support and positive outcomes for HIV care and treatment in diverse settings.
Clinical mentorship is a system of practical training and consultation that fosters ongoing professional development to yield sustainable high quality clinical care outcomes.
ASHM's members represent a wide range of experts with clinical, laboratory research and advocacy skills; many have worked in Asia and the Pacific and participate in ASHM Internationals' mentoring programs.
ASHM provides training and support to our mentors. The Clinical Mentoring Introduction Workshop provides:
The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine and TREAT Asia have collaborated on the production of Is it HIV? a handbook for health care providers.
This valuable reference handbook aims to enable health care professionals in Asia and the Pacific to diagnose HIV infection at earlier stages of disease. This would facilitate more rapid treatment initiation, both reducing disease morbidity among HIV-infected people, and HIV transmission in the region.
The handbook includes clinical descriptions of a wide spectrum of HIV-associated conditions, divided by organ systems into fifteen chapters. The publication has been overseen by experts from ASHM and TREAT Asia, and has been produced with the assistance of AusAID and the University of Malaya, through an educational grant from Pfizer Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
The Is It HIV? online learning modules are adapted from Is It HIV? a handbook for health care providers, which focuses on the needs of health care professionals in Asia and the Pacific making early diagnosis of HIV infection.