Our Purpose

ASHM is a peak organisation of health professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections. ASHM draws on its experience and expertise to support the health workforce and to contribute to the sector, domestically and internationally.


Who We Are

ASHM is a professional, not-for-profit, member-based organisation. It supports its members, sector partners and collaborators to generate knowledge and action in clinical management and research, education, policy and advocacy in Australasia and internationally. It is committed to quality improvement, and its products and services are sought after by governments, members, health care workers and affected people. ASHM's dedicated membership, high-calibre staff and commitment to partnership assure its effectiveness in achieving its mission.

​ASHM is one of more than 54 000 charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).



​ASHM is also a signatory to the Code of Conduct for Australian aid and development agencies, which is administered by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). 



How We Work

ASHM works collaboratively and in partnership to prevent HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs, and to preserve and protect the health of those living with these infections. It aims to function as a cohesive and inclusive group of professionals, advancing its vision in a skilled, informed, compassionate and appropriate way.


Our Values

ASHM is committed to the principles of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion and Jakarta Declaration on Leading Health Promotion into the 21st Century, as well as the highest standards of ethical conduct as practised by the medical, scientific and health care professions.

ASHM is committed to continual quality improvement and working in ways that:

  • support collaboration, partnership and cooperation
  • reflect best practice in management and service delivery
  • are informed by the latest scientific, clinical, health and policy research
  • maintain transparency, industrial fairness and democratic decision-making
  • strengthen ties with infected and affected populations
  • respect cultural differences and diversity
  • respect privacy and confidentiality, and
  • redress social inequities

ASHM is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for Australian aid and development agencies, which is administered by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID).


Complaints Handling

If you wish to make a complaint against an ASHM staff member or volunteer, please send an email to either the ASHM Acting Chief Executive Officer, Alexis Apostolellis, at alexis.apostolellis@ashm.org.au or to the ASHM President, Dr Nicholas Medland.

ASHM maintains an External Complaints Policy, which includes a clear procedure to be followed in the case of a complaint being received. A copy of this policy will be made available upon request.

If you wish to report a breach of the ACFID's Code of Conduct to which ASHM is a signatory, please refer to the ACFID website for instructions.


Our Governance and Business

ASHM is a company limited by guarantee and tax deductible gift recipient. It is governed by a constitution and voluntary board. The work of the Society is conducted by a secretariat and through the contributions of members and sector partners.


About the ASHM Website

The ASHM website targets an audience of health care professionals in Australasia and/or those working in related areas of health concerned with HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health. Information provided herein is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between health care professionals and their patients and clients. 

​The ASHM website is our core communication tool. Different pages and sub sites are supported by funding from state and federal government agencies, commercial companies, and non-government organisations. Our editorial content is free from any commercial influence.