Sector News
9 May 2018


The National Program Committee for the 2018 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference is pleased to outline the following initiatives for people living with HIV and other priority groups and communities to promote and commit to meaningful engagement at this year’s conference to be held in Sydney from 24 - 26 September 2018. Visit the website:

"ASHM is committed to ensuring that community engagement goes beyond rhetoric into meaningful practice and we both value and rely on the support, expertise, collaboration and guidance of our community partners in the sector especially AFAO (Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations), NAPWHA (The National Association of People with HIV Australia), AIVL (The Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League), Scarlet Alliance (Australian Sex Workers Association), Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance, and their members and colleagues," said Scott McGill, Acting ASHM CEO.

"These initiatives are essential in placing people living with HIV in a central position, actively involved in their own health and welfare and taking an active role in decisions about treatment, self-education about therapies, opportunistic infections and adherence, and positive prevention," said Robert Mitchell, Vice-President of the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA).


Initiatives for People Living with HIV and Community

Development of a Community Working Group – reporting into the National Program Committee
  • With a focus on partnerships, program and community inclusion, with representatives from a range of local and national community organisations including the national peak community bodies AFAO and NAPWHA
PLHIV representatives
  • On all Committees to ensure appropriate community representatives are included as speakers, chairs and panelists in sessions
Acknowledging the involvement of and impact on Community in all relevant presentations
  • Supporting the GIPA (The Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV) call-to-action requesting that all presenters acknowledge the participants’ involved in studies at the beginning of their presentation
  • Presenters are required to outline how their work has a positive impact on the community and what steps are being taken to take the research into practice
A focus on Community Presentations and Abstract options
  • Aiming to increase the number of  practice-based abstracts which are to be included across the program
  • Re-development of the practice-based abstract system i.e. supporting  ongoing projects  that can be submitted for consideration in the conference
  • Ensuring reviewers are matched better to their areas i.e. researchers  review research based abstracts and not practice-based abstracts
  • Incorporating more presentations on ‘putting research into practice’ or ‘translational research’ into the main program

Offering the best possible rate for PLHIV and Community workers

The National Program Committee are dedicated to making the conference as accessible for PLHIV and Community as possible, therefore they have provided the below special rates for PLHIV and Community workers:

Students, PLHIV, Resource-Limited Country

  • *Early Bird $550* cheapest full conference rate available

​Community, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Workers, Counsellors & Educators

  • ASHM Financial Member Rate:  ** Early Bird rate AU$650 **
  • ASHM Affiliate Member Rate:  ** Early Bird rate AU$750 ** 
  • Non-ASHM Member Rate:  ** Early Bird rate AU$880 **

Great opportunities for Affiliated Member of ASHM at the Conference

There are still opportunities for affiliated organisations to:

  • Organise a sponsored satellite session or
  • Hold a meeting or workshop within the conference

Contact or call +61 2 8204 0770 to discuss your participation.


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