ASHM supports health professionals working with sexually transmissible infections (STIs) throughout Australasia.


 

To give our support, we:

  • Offer a comprehensive range of practical resources, education, training and support for the health workforce.
  • Developed Australia's first STI Management Guidelines, a comprehensive and easy-to-use website.
  • Work in partnership with organisations across the sector to support the national and state/territory strategies.
  • Advocate for an expanded scope of practice for primary care professionals diagnosing and managing STI / STD.

ASHM responds to the needs of the sector. If you have identified a need for training, resources or support, please contact us.

 

ASHM’s work in STI

As a peak organisation, we:

 

ASHM is proud to work in collaboration with sector partners, including professional organisations, governments and community groups, towards improving access to sexual health services and the sexual health and wellbeing of people in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific regions. ASHM’s partnerships and collaborations include Secretariat support to the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA), Clinical Mentoring in 11 Pacific Island countries and territories, joint development of clinical education programs and resources, and working in partnership on policy, recommendations, strategy and guideline development.

ASHM has an active program of policy development in Australia. In particular advocating for broadened prescribing rights for primary health practitioners and supporting practitioners to work to their full scope of practice. ASHM is a key contributor to the development and review of the Fourth National Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2018 and the Fifth National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood-Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2018. Find out more about ASHM’s work in policy and advocacy here

ASHM’s STI education and training programs meet the learning needs of a diverse number of healthcare practitioners. These include; BBV/STI updates, journal club and sexual health courses, combining online learning and practical workshops. Courses are specific to roles or settings such as, Primary Health Care; Nursing and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services. To find out more about available training see here

ASHM developed Australia’s first STI Management Guidelines for use in primary care website and the Australasian Contact Tracing Guidelines maintains multiple resources to provide healthcare practitioners with tools to implement HCV testing, linkage to care and treatment processes in their setting. These include patient checklists, reference guides, decision making tools and more. View our suite of resources here

ASHM coordinates the Australasian Sexual Health Conference which brings together National and International health professionals, researchers and community organisations. The Australasian Sexual Health Conference is the leading multidisciplinary sexual health conference in Australasia.  In 2018 ASHM is collaborating with ASHA, the New Zealand Sexual Health Society Incorporated and the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) to coordinate the IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress in Auckland

The ASHM membership program strives to draw together a range of professions supporting people living with HIV, viral hepatitis, STIs and related diseases. To learn more about the program and apply for membership, see here