ASHM recognises the vital role that nurses play in the testing, diagnosis, treatment and care of those at risk of and living with HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs. Our Nursing program aims:
Our program offers nursing education and resources in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections for novice to expert nurses providing care and management to people with blood borne viruses (BBV), in Australia and New Zealand. Ensuring nurses have access to high quality and relevant training to enhance their professional development is a priority. Search for Training Opportunities
ASHM is committed to supporting nurses to work to their full scope of practice. We do this via the program in the following activities:
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Melinda Hassall is responsible for the ongoing management and development of ASHM’s Nursing Program. 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. She is a member of the Australian College of Nursing and the Brisbane Region Secretariat. Please contact Melinda for further information on ASHM’s nursing related activities and the Nursing Program.
Dr Liz Crock is an HIV Nurse Practitioner who specialised in infectious diseases and worked in HIV in the early 1990s as an HIV Clinical Nurse Specialist at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital in Melbourne. She has worked with the Royal District Nursing Service, now Bolton Clarke HIV Team as Clinical Nurse Consultant in Melbourne for the last 17 years, and is the current Vice President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANZANAC). She is currently on the ASHM Board of Directors.
Penny has been working in the Sexual Health, HIV and Hepatitis health sector as a specialist nurse since 1995 and is currently the Nurse Practitioner at the Townsville Sexual Health Service. She has extensive knowledge and skills in sexual health, women’s health, reproductive health, sexual function, genital dermatology and forensic nursing. She is currently on the ASHM Board of Directors.
Clinical Nurse Advisors provide high quality clinical advice to ASHM. They assist with the development of policy, clinical training materials and resources and contribute to the clinical review of training curricula, materials and ASHM publications.
The aim of the nurse member network is to provide ASHM members with the opportunity to engage with the Nursing Program and guide the direction of the program, through knowledge sharing local and jurisdictional clinical and policy issues, identifying training gaps and opportunities for advocacy. View the Nurse Network Terms of Reference.
All nurses are invited to become ASHM Members. Nurses who are existing members of the following professional nursing associations are eligible to become an ASHM Affiliate Member and receive membership benefits free of charge:
Nurses who are members of organisations with ASHM organisation sustaining membership are also eligible to become an ASHM Affiliate member.
ASHM held a one-day forum, a satellite event of the 2018 Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference. Participants shared nurse-led models-of-care, knowledge and experiences for the management and treatment of viral hepatitis.