ASHM’s collaborations with peer nursing and midwifery organisations across the health sector is vital to our program

These relationships are pivotal in ensuring the role of nurses and midwives is accurately recognised and that they are offered evidence based, high quality education and well-developed tools and materials.

 

ASHM and ASHHNA Collaboration

Shannon Woodward, President of the Australasian Sexual Health and HIV Nurses Association (ASHHNA), spoke about the important relationship between ASHM and ASHHNA:

“ASHM and ASHHNA have worked collaboratively for many years to strengthen and promote the role of nurses in the sexual health and reproductive health and HIV sector. ASHM and ASHHNA work together to develop programs and initiatives, and to plan and deliver training for nurses and midwives at a national level on a variety of aspects relating to sexual health and HIV. “ Woodward said.

ASHHNA members provide valuable nursing input on several ASHM committees including the Australasian Sexual Health and HIV Conferences which ensures that content is relevant to nursing practice, the ASHM HIV Treatments Committee, and the ASHM HIV s100 Prescribers National Standards for Accreditation/Curriculum Committee. ASHM recently collaborated with ASHHNA on initiatives including the newly developed Removing Barriers OLM, advocacy for expanded HIV, hepatitis B and C prescribing for nurse practitioners, and a review and update of ASHM nursing courses.

“ASHM seeks ASHHNA representation on numerous committees and when developing and reviewing existing resources and nursing courses. This arrangement allows for nursing input and our nursing voice to be heard across the sector, not only for nurses working in sexual and reproductive health and HIV, but also for nurses working in primary health care. ASHHNA looks forward to an ongoing strong relationship with ASHM in the years to come.” Woodward said.

ASHM recognises and appreciates our ongoing relationship with ASHHNA as well as other key peer nursing bodies.

 

ASHM and DANA Collaboration
ASHM and Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA)  collaborate to improve the lives of people affected by  blood-borne viruses, sexually transmissible infections or alcohol and other drug issues to achieve our shared mission. 

DANA works to enhance the capacity of its members to respond effectively to the issues they confront in a culturally sensitive manner. Dana’S collaboration with ASHM and its network of health workers provides a mechanism to strengthen this. For instance, DANA members are eligible for Associate Membership of ASHM.  However, our relationship extends well beyond this. Our organisations also collaborate to support innovative   nurse-led models of care and to provide the latest education for nurses in general and nurse practitioners in particular with emerging hepatitis C treatment and management.  

ASHM and ACN Collaboration

International Nurses Day is a time to celebrate and reflect on the breadth and diversity of the nursing profession and how many people living in Australia nurses connect with in the delivery of care. As nurses play a key role in providing care and treatment for people with BBVs and STIs.

Adjunct Professor, CEO of Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Kylie Ward said that it is important to reflect on the joint achievements between the ACN and the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM).   

“ACN and ASHM have collaborated for many years to bring expertise and professional development opportunities to nurses throughout Australia. Together we created two online courses that ACN ran for several years as part of our continuing professional development including Sexual Health Principles and Practice, and the Sexual Health Clinical Practice course, which also included a clinical placement.” Said Ward.  

More recently, ACN has worked with ASHM on developing the online learning module as part of the Removing Barriers: Providing Care for People with BBVs Project, aimed at challenging public perceptions and behaviours that promote negative stereotypes.

Many people living with a blood-borne virus, such as HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C face barriers when accessing the health system due to stigma and discrimination. The shared goal of ACN and ASHM is to ensure that everyone has access to quality health care and treatment options. 

  • Initiation and maintenance medications for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B 
  • Medications for the treatment of hepatitis C in correctional facilities 
  • Initiation and maintenance medications for the treatment of HIV. 

Ward believes that as healthcare becomes more complex with many competing priorities, it is important that we build and maintain collaborative relationships.

“By fostering a shared approach in health care and increasing public awareness of Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections through sexual health programs, nurses throughout the country are expanding their roles and leading a positive change in the way sexual health is perceived. Thank you for making a difference all day, every day, everywhere.” Ward Said.

“Happy International Nurses Day.”  

 

ASHM and AHA Collaboration
The Australasian Hepatology Association (AHA) is the peak professional association for hepatology nurses in Australasia.   

AHA is dedicated to ensuring excellence in the care and management of people affected by liver disease, supports and educates a wide range of nurses across the healthcare sector. AHA members have collaborated with ASHM to: 

  • Decrease stigma and discrimination towards people affected by Hepatitis
  • Assisted in increasing knowledge of viral hepatitis and advanced liver disease with the review and development of education and resources,  
  • Provided advocacy for expanded HIV, hepatitis B and C prescribing for NPs,  
  • Input to conference programs to ensure content relevant to nursing practice and professional development opportunities.