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Wednesday 7 June 2017
The wrap-up report for the 2016 Australasian Sexual Health Conference in now available. Click here to view the detailed report. For further information on the 2016 or 2017 Australasian Sexual Health Conference, please contact the ASHA Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday 6 June 2017
Online registrations are now open for the 2017 Australasian Sexual Health Conference. Register before Sunday, 3 September and save $100. Click here to see the program overview and click here to register. We look forward to seeing you in Canberra, ACT from Tuesday, 7 November - Thursday, 9 November 2017.

Wednesday 24 May 2017
The Journal of Adolescent Health has released a position paper by Anita Brakman, Claudia Borzutzky, Sasha Carey, Melissa Kang & Tanya Kowalczyk Mullins on Condom Availability in Schools: A Practical Approach to the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infection/HIV and Unintended Pregnancy. Click here to read the position paper in full.

Friday 21 April 2017
The Journal of Youth Studies has released an article by Stephen Bell, Peter Aggleton, James Ward & Lisa Maher on Sexual agency, rick and vulnerability: a scoping review of young Indigenous Australians' sexual health. Click here to read the article in full.

Tuesday 28 February 2017
ASHA co-chair and Family Planning Medical Director Dr Deborah Bateson explains the recent changes in the National Cervical Screening Program. Click here for the full Sydney Morning Herald article.

Wednesday 8 February 2017
The 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health Rights have opened abstract submissions for their upcoming 2017 conference, scheduled for Monday, 27 November - Thursday, 30 November. This year's conference will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam and expects to welcome 1,000 or more participants from the Asia Pacific region. Visit the website for more information.

Friday 2 December 2016
ASHA have released commentary on the new WHO global treatment guidelines for gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis. A recent review of the Australian STI Guidelines found that there were no changes required and that the Australian guidelines are consistent with the new WHO STI treatment recommendations.

Thursday 24 November 2016
Family Planning NSW have released an updated edition of Reproductive and Sexual Health: An Australian Clinical Practice Handbookwhich is a resource for all primary care practitioners. The updated Handbook features 17 chapters on Reproductive and Sexual Health including new topics on early pregnancy related problems and pelvic floor disorders.

Wednesday 23 November 2016
Iris Education are running two face-to-face workshops in Brisbane in 2017 - Sexual Health First Aid Workshop and Best Practice in Transgender Health Workshop for GPs and Health Providers. Visit the website for more information.

Wednesday 16 November 2016
Dr Peter Saxton, New Zealand AIDS Foundation Fellow and Director of the Gay Men's Sexual Health (GMSH) research group at the University of Auckland has been awarded the 'Mid-career interdisciplinary achiever award' by ASHA. Click here to read the full press release.

Friday 11 November 2016
The Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) invite AChSHM Fellows and trainees, GPs and allied health professionals to the 2017 AChSHM Annual Scientific Meeting in Sydney on 18 March 2017. More information on the website

Tuesday 25 October 2016
The International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) has recently launched a series of 'Topic Reports' to inform us of the most up-to-date research and practice, and to provide a resource for teaching, and planning meetings. The reports include recent advances in the field; top 5 most important recent publications; potential speakers for meetings and questions to be answered by future research.

Wednesday 21 August 2016
UNSW Practical Justice Initiative and the Australian Human Rights Centre invite you to the free lecture Do Definitions Matter? Data, Law and Decision-Making in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights on Tuesday 4 October 5.30-7.00pm at the University of New South Wales, Randwick NSW.

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
The Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA) supports the work of the Australian Safe Schools Coalition. 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.

Monday 7 March 2016
Read the latest ASHA book review of "Male Sex Work and Society", edited by Victor Minichiello and John Scott, reviewed by Dr Margaret Redelman OAM, Sexologist and President of the Society of Australian Sexologists NSW. 

Friday 26 February 2016
Dame Margaret Sparrow, a leading New Zealand reproductive rights advocate, doctor, and author has written a fascinating book review for ASHA, reviewing the recently published book "The Secrets of the ANZACS: The Untold Story of Venereal Disease in the Australian Army, 1914-1919" by Raden Dunbar. 

Tuesday 16 February 2016
The Centre for Social Research in Health invites researchers, health professionals, policy-makers and community members from across a variety of fields to join them at the Social Research Conference on HIV, Viral Hepatitis & Related Diseases. Registrations close 18 March 2016. 

Monday 15 February 2016
The Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Applied Research & Evaluation Network (SiREN) are offering a scholarship for a PhD candidate to pursue a project in the area of sexual health and blood-borne viruses exploring evaluation and capacity building. Applications close 29 February 2016.  

Friday, 20 November 2015
The Royal Australian College of Physicians have recently launched a position statement titled Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Young People, calling for change to improve access for young people in Australia and New Zealand to sexual and reproductive care.

Friday, 30 October 2015
The Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health is holding it 1st National Conference, titled 'Equity and Justice – in Gender, Sexuality, Education and Health' at Western Sydney University on 22-23 November 2015. The Conference aims to increase the public profile of work on equity and justice particularly in relation to contemporary issues of gender, sexuality, health and education and their intersections. Registrations close 6 November 2015.

Monday, 19 October 2015
The Centre for Social Research in Health will host the 14th Social Research Conference on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Related Diseases at UNSW Australia on Thursday March 31 and Friday April 1, 2016. Scholarship applications are now open. Abstract submissions close 2 November 2015.

Wednesday, 13 October 2015
The UNDP have recently released the Blueprint for the Provision of Comprehensive Care for Trans People and Trans Communities in Asia and the Pacific. This publication outlines the priority health care needs and human rights issues for transgender people in the Asia Pacific region.

Thursday, 17 September 2015
ASHA congratulate Dr Megan Lim, winner of the inaugural ASHA Mid-Career Interdisciplinary Achiever Award, presented yesterday at the 2015 World STI & HIV Congress.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015
Wednesday 16 September 2015 marks Global Female Condom Day. Global Female Condom Day is an annual day of education and advocacy to increase awareness, access, and use of female condoms. Find out more on the Global Female Condom Day website.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015
South Western Sydney Local Health District have an employment opportunity for a Director of Sexual Health. Applications close 20 September 2015. 

Friday, 4 September 2015
Friday 4th September 2015 marks World Sexual Health Day! This year's focus is on how promotion of sexual health and sexual rights contribute to a fairer society for all persons. Under the theme "Sexual Health for a Fairer Society", the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) has updated and published a Sexual Rights Declaration.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015
The Victorian government have recently included sexual and reproductive health as an important component of overall health and wellbeing in the new Victorian Health and Wellbeing Plan.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has recently released Patient Delivered Partner Therapy (PDPT) Guidelines for Chlamydia. PDPT describes the practice in which treatment is prescribed for the sexual partner/s of an index patient diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection, as well as the index patient.

Monday, 31 August 2015
The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) have an employment opportunity for a Research Fellow in Women's Reproductive & Sexual Health. Applications close 30 September 2015. 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have released a statement supporting the use of expedited partner therapy as a method of preventing gonorrhoea and chlamydial reinfection when a patient's partners are unable or unwilling to seek medical care.

Thursday, 6 August 2015
A senior researcher from the University of New England has launched the first Australia-wide survey intended to give direct voice to intersex people.

Friday, 31 July 2015
The University of Wollongong are working on a next generation condom made from hydrogels, funded by one of 52 worldwide grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Dr Deborah Bateson, ASHA Chair and Medical Director of Family Planning NSW, responds to the Channel 7 news story on combined oral contraception and risk of stroke. Dr Bateson provides information to support practitioners in addressing concerns raised by the story about the risk of stroke for women using a combined oral contraceptive, as well as guidance for safe contraceptive prescribing in the context of stroke.

Friday, 26 June 2015
UNESCO, UNDP and Being LGBT in Asia have launched a #PurpleMySchool campaign to create safe spaces for LGBTI students across Asia and the Pacific.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015
ASHA have endorsed the new STIGMA one-hour online learning module for GPs, Becoming more Gay Friendly in your Practice. Login and earn 2 RACGP QI&CPD points!

Friday, 29 May 2015
Check out the ASHA collaborator prizes to be awarded at the 2015 World HIV & STI Congress.

Thursday, 28 May 2015
Read the book review by Dr Lynnette Wray, President of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine, of 'Sexual Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach', edited by A/Prof. Meredith Temple-Smith.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015
You are warmly invited to attend the 2015 ASHA social networking event 'Coming Together: Getting to know ASHA and each other' at the World STI & HIV Congress!

Monday, 18 May 2015
Join the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health for the SEXruality Conference  in Bendigo 21-22 July 2015. The conference focuses on sexual and reproductive health in rural settings, and encourages growth in the capacity of rural practitioners and early career researchers.

Monday, 11 May 2015
Researchers at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre have developed evidence-based resources  to assist primary healthcare providers in supporting pregnant women who use alcohol and other drugs.

Monday, 4 May 2015
The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Family Planning Alliance Australia (FPAA) have recently launched a policy document designed to advance sexual and reproductive wellbeing in Australia.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Wednesday 17 December is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. To show your support, attend a local event.

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