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
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.
ASHM invites applications for funding to assist in improving the delivery of sexual health services, and support implementation of the Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-21 and its associated action plans. Visit our page for more information.
Vanessa Towell, Director of Programs
Email | T 0409 478 657
As the Director of Programs for the National Policy and Education Division, Vanessa works across the major program areas of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health.
Melinda Hassall, Clinical Nurse Lead (Nursing Program)
Email | T 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, Senior Project Officer (HIV and Sexual Health)
Email | T 0413 471 937
Kate is responsible for the delivery of the HIV s100 prescriber program in Queensland, including training about HIV treatment and prevention such as Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). She also delivers training and education on STIs and sexual health.
Queensland clinicians, including GPs and PHC nurses who are interested in training and support through the HIV s100 prescriber program as well as workers in sexual health (both clinical and non-clinical) who are interested in training and education opportunities in providing access services to PEP and PrEP, can contact Kate directly.
Shelley Kerr, Viral Hepatitis Project Officer
Email | T 0421 285 479
Shelley is responsible for coordinating training in the Hepatitis B prescriber program and for Hepatitis C management and treatment . These programs equip clinicians to manage and monitor patients, and prescribe medications for viral hepatitis in the primary care setting.
Shelley is also responsible for coordinating training which supports pharmacists who dispense highly specialised drugs for HIV and viral hepatitis.
QLD clinicians who are interested in continuing professional development opportunities in viral hepatitis can contact Shelley directly to find out more about upcoming training.