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October 2016:  Join a multi-disciplinary delegation at the 2016 Australasian Sexual Health Conference (14–16 November, Adelaide, Australia) promising an exciting annual get-together for anyone in the sexual health community – clinicians, researchers, educators, allied health professionals and interested community members.

This year’s theme of Re-thinking Sexual Health invites participants to think outside the square, and will provide a stimulating environment in which to share ideas on any aspect of sexual health. Anticipate cutting-edge research, innovative education ideas, and above all, lively debate!

This conference is also held back-to-back with the 2016 Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference (16–18 November, Adelaide, Australia).

You are warmly invited to attend this conference which will provide you with excellent networking and learning opportunities. We anticipate the ambience of beautiful Adelaide will enrich your conference experience. The registration period in which to join closes soon on 22 October.


Program Overview Available

Keep updated by visiting the conference website as we update with more information on the program and invited speakers. Scroll down below and read through some of the selected speakers and program highlights that shouldn't be missed:


REGISTER ONLINE HERE before 28 October

Alternatively download the registration flyer PDF here


Have a Twitter account?

You can also follow the of-the-moment live feeds from the conference and join in on the dialogue via @ASHMMedia with the conference hashtag #SH16

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Program Highlights: Clinical Sexual Health

Hear of research informing clinical management of patients or the use of laboratory/diagnostics in sexual health, including for example: clinical audits, case studies or case series, treatment trials; studies involving novel uses of nucleic acid detection tests, point of care testing, cervical screening, technology, evaluation of new diagnostic tests, antimicrobial resistance and molecular typing. Here's a sample:

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Program Highlights: Psycho-social

Hear from speakers presenting research into the psychological and social influences on sexuality, sexual practices and sexual health, including the mental health implications of poor sexual health – for example: social and psychological factors affecting sexual health; social inequalities (of gender, social class, ethnicity, sexuality, disability) and sexual health.  A diverse range of topics includes:

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Program Highlights: Education + Health Promotion

SH16 Twitter Image - Quote - Megan Lim 300px.jpgResearch papers are being presented on the theme of health education and health promotion relevant to sexual health; research into the policy, program and contextual factors affecting the success of actions and interventions to promote sexual health. These span a diverse range of health promotion actions, programs, interventions and evaluations; policy frameworks and service provision; school-based sexual health education; education in community and health care settings; technology and social media; HIV and sexual health – including:

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Program Highlights: Reproductive Health

Hear from leading research informing service delivery and clinical management of reproductive health covering, for example, clinical audits, clinical trials or reviews in relation to contraception, abortion, fertility/infertility and other related areas:



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Program Highlights: Sexuality

Hear from research, trials and clinical presentations on sexual behaviours and practices, and how they affect individuals, couples and society and the effect of social media. Includes the therapy and management of sexual dysfunctions: male and female, gay and straight, conservative and other:

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Program Highlights: Epidemiology

SH16 Twitter Image - Quote - Lyndall Young 300px.jpgHear presenters speak of research informing the epidemiology of STIs and other aspects of Sexual Health, which includes case-control or cohort studies, community screening studies, surveillance reports, investigation of STI outbreaks, vaccines, microbicides, enhanced screening strategies systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses:

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Program Highlights: GP Session

Presentations from the below speakers comprise a session tailored specifically for General Practitioners:

  • Rising Australian Epidemics: Gonorrhoea and Syphilis – What is the Role of the General Practitioner? – Jason Ong (Monash University, The Alfred, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre)
  • 10 Key Practical Implications of the Renewed National Cervical Screening Programme for GPs and Practice Teams – Siobhan Bourke (Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health)
  • A Crash Course in HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for GPs – Vincent Cornelisse (Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Monash University)
  • Mycoplasma Genitalium  Is this the "New Chlamydia?" – Catriona Bradshaw (Monash University)
  • Emergency Contraception in the Australian Setting: Introducing a New Oral Alternative – Deborah Bateson (Medical Director, Family Planning NSW)

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Keynote Speaker Highlights

  • A/Prof Amber D'Souza leads a research program on infectious causes of cancer, focusing on understudied areas such as anal cancer among MSM, and oral HPV causing tonsillar cancers. She is the co-PI of the datacenter for the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS).
  • A/Prof Rebecca Guy is the Head of the Surveillance, Evaluation and Research Program at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales. She is an epidemiologist with expertise in sexual health public health interventions and surveillance. Her research focuses on reducing the impact of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) in vulnerable populations.
  • Prof Mark Hayter is Head of the Nursing Department at the University of Hull, United Kingdom. Mark is an Editor of the Journal of Advanced Nursing and has previously edited the Journal of Clinical Nursing. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of School Nursing, Sex Education, the International Journal of Qualitative Methodology, Nursing Outlook and the Journal of Nursing Interventions.
  • A/Prof Marion Saville is a NZ medical graduate who trained in pathology in the US, specialising in cytopathology. Her major interest lies in the prevention of cervical cancer through HPV vaccination and cervical screening.

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REGISTER ONLINE HERE before 28 October

Alternatively download the registration flyer PDF here

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About ASHA

The Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA) is a group of partner organisations established to improve national and local responses to sexual health issues, via a multidisciplinary support network for the sexual health workforce. It aims to strengthen bonds between specialists, GPs, nurses, researchers and other key contributors to the sexual health sector, through collaboration in sexual health education, training, policy-making and research.

The Australasian Sexual Health Alliance seeks to use the Australasian Sexual Health Conference to achieve its purpose of acknowledging and building on the specific expertise of sector partners in our common aims of improving national and local responses to sexual health in Australasia, in supporting and collaborating with close neighbouring countries to achieve these objectives.

View past conference information here