• ASHM established an office in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane in March 2016. Under our contract with Queensland Health, ASHM are currently delivering a comprehensive program of workforce development in BBV and STI to health professionals in a variety of settings, including specific programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and Queensland Health staff working in correctional centres. ​​​​.
  • ASHM continue to work in close collaboration with Hepatitis Queensland and other sector partners throughout Queensland in order to deliver these programs.

Pictured above:  ASHM staff from Queensland with presenters and course participants — including: Richard Mola (Men’s Health Worker of Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre; and Deadly Sex Organising Committee Member), Dr Josh Hanson, Dr Darren Russell, Carla Gorton — at the delivery of STI-BBV Training on Thursday Island 16 March 2017

Queensland Sexual Health Research Fund

ASHM has been appointed by the Queensland Department of Health to administer the Queensland Sexual Health Research Fund, which has committed $1,065,000 over 3 years to fund research which improves the sexual and reproductive health of all Queenslanders.    

Round 3 applications have closed (closed Friday 2nd October 2020).

Information on successful submissions can be found on our page

Meet our ASHM Queensland Team

Melinda Hassall, Clinical Nurse (Viral Hepatitis)Melinda Hassall, Clinical Nurse Lead (Nursing Program)

Email  |   0422 596 701​

As Clinical Nurse Lead, Melinda is responsible for the ongoing management and development of ASHM’s national Nursing Program.  Ensuring nurses have access to high quality and relevant training to enhance their professional development is a priority.  The Nursing Program also provides ASHM nurse members with opportunities to participate in discreet projects and activities related to advocacy, policy and practice within the HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health sectors.

Melinda is a Registered Nurse with experience in acute care, primary health care and public health, has completed a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion and a Masters degree in Public Health.  Melinda has a strong interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the elimination of viral hepatitis.

Please contact Melinda for further information on ASHM’s nursing related activities and the Nursing Program.​


Kate Bath, Project Officer (HIV and Sexual Health)Kate Bath, National HIV Program Manager

Email  |   0413 471 937

As National HIV Program Manager, Kate manages all HIV related projects and activities within the relevant State and Commonwealth Programs of the National Policy and Education Division, including partnership development, workforce development, capacity building, resources, strategies and policies 


Sami Stewart, National Viral Hepatitis Program Manager

Email  |   0431 619 986

As National Viral Hepatitis Program Manager, Sami is responsible for the ongoing management and development of ASHM’s viral hepatitis work in Australia. Sami manages all components of relevant hepatitis B and hepatitis Cprograms within ASHM’s National Policy and Education Division, including partnership development, workforce development, capacity building, resources, strategies and policies.


Shelley Kerr, HIV Senior Project Officer

Email  |   0421 285 479

Shelley is responsible for the delivery of the HIV s100 prescriber program​ in Queensland, including training for HIV treatment and prevention such as Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

Queensland clinicians, including GPs and nurses who are interested in training and support through the HIV s100 prescriber program​ as well as health workers (both clinical and non-clinical) who are interested in HIV training and education opportunities, can contact Shelley directly.


Queensland Organisational Sustaining Members