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.

ASHA was formed as a committee under s51 of the constitution of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM). ASHM provides much of ASHA’s infrastructure including the provision of secretariat, technical support, annual conference facilitation, and funding support. The committee of ASHA provides the guidance upon which ASHM acts in relation to policy, educational and resource based support for the sexual health workforce.

For more information on the formation and governance of ASHA please see the Establishment Document.

NEWS

Tuesday 12 July 2016
The Play Safe website from NSW Health has just launched a new sexual health discussion forum for young people aged 15-29 years. The Play Safe Forum is a place where young people can anonymously submit questions to the resident sexual health expert, Nurse Nettie, as well as chat to their peers about sex, relationships and everything in between.

Friday 1 July 2016
ASHM are offering scholarships to attend the 2016 Australasian Sexual Health Conference. See the conference website for further information and to apply. 

Thursday 19 May 2016
Registrations are now open for the 2016 WA Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Applied Research and Evaluation Network (SiREN) Symposium ‘Innovation in Practice’, which will be held 9 – 10 June 2016 at Technology Park in Bentley Western Australia. Register here.

Tuesday 12 April 2016
Are you treating patients living with HIV? Complete the University of Queensland’s quick, anonymous, online survey and go into the draw to WIN a $2000 Flight Centre gift card! The study aims to identify practitioners’ needs and improve smoking cessation services for people living HIV.

Thursday 7 April 2016
Australian STI Management Guidelines For Use in Primary Care – Annual Critical Review Now Complete
These Guidelines, developed by ASHA, are an online resource designed to provide Primary Care Providers with concise information to support the prevention, testing, diagnosis, management and treatment for sexually transmissible infections. The Guidelines are supported by RACGP, AChSHM, ASID, APNA, FPAA, AIDA and ACNP to ensure they reflect best practice and are appropriate for use in primary care. For more information, visit the website.

Monday 7 March 2016
ASHA supports the work of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia. As a group of partner organisations established to improve national and local responses to sexual health, we see this program as a key component of promoting healthy, safe relationships. Adverse psychological and physical health outcomes remain a common experience for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students and teachers need accurate and evidence based resources to help them make schools a safer place for all students. We strongly encourage the government to continue to support this invaluable program.

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NEWSLETTER 

ASHA commenced a quarterly Sexual Health newsletter for its members in mid-2014 (see our membership page for details on how to join).

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