30 June 2017:  ASHM is very pleased to be continuing workforce development as part of the Queensland Sexual Health Strategy aimed to help improve the sexual and reproductive health of all Queenslanders. Starting on 1 July 2017, ASHM will begin a new four year contract with Queensland Health, continuing our role in workforce development in clinical service provision for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health across Queensland. We look forward to continuing to deliver this work in partnership with Primary Health Networks, Hospital and Health Services and community based organisations.

This end of financial year 2016-2017 marks the end of an exciting 12 months for ASHM-run activities in Queensland. We have welcomed three new staff members to our Brisbane office, and ran 53 training courses in HIV, viral hepatitis, sexual health and harm reduction spanning the state from Thursday Island and Bamaga in the far north to Mt Isa in the west down to Coolangatta in the south.

ASHM Queensland staff recently attended the Queensland HIV Research Update 2017 hosted by the HIV Foundation Queensland. All research projects and programs supported by the HIV Foundation Queensland were presented throughout the day showcasing the depth and breadth of HIV research occurring across the state. The Forum highlighted how funding received from the HIV Foundation Queensland has enabled the development of a critical mass of HIV research in Queensland, and has led to further opportunities for ASHM to collaborate in HIV research. (Pictured above: Dr Jeanette Young, Chief Health Officer, Queensland Department of Health; photo source: @HIVFoundationQ)

Dancing in the Rain film launchASHM staff also attended the recent launch of ‘Dancing in the Rain by Hepatitis Queensland, a short film aimed at engaging and raising awareness of hepatitis B in the African/Australian community in Queensland. The film highlighted the importance of testing, and if positive, regular monitoring of liver health in a light-hearted and engaging way. The aim of the film is to raise awareness of hepatitis B amongst the African/Australian community in Queensland; to highlight the importance of being tested, and if found to have the virus, to engage in regular monitoring, and treatment if necessary. Developed by Hepatitis Queensland and with the Queensland African Communities Council and African Leaders in Brisbane, the film explores these serious issues in a light-hearted way that hopes engages the audience.