ASHA seeks to actively contribute and respond to policy decisions within the wider Australasian region. This is done in line with our mission, to reflect best practice standards in sexual health.

Recent submission summaries:

  • In May 2016 ASHA signed on as official supporters of the work of the Australian Safe Schools Coalition. As a group of partner organisations established to improve national and local responses to sexual health, ASHA 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. ASHA strongly encourage the government to continue to support this invaluable program.
  • ASHA wrote a submission to the Australian Human Right’s commission regarding the ‘Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Intersex Rights Snapshot Report’ Consultation, sent 13th February 2015. Full submission available here.
  • ASHA responds to the closure of Brisbane Sexual Health and HIV Service (BSHHS) and Reduction in HIV services by Metro North Hospitals and Health Board, in support of the importance of the BSHHS. See the full letter (sent 7 Aug 2013) here.
  • ASHA supports a change to the recommended gonorrhoea treatment nationally: With increasing rates of gonorrhoea, ASHA recommends the addition of 1g of Azithromycin to the recommended 500g of Ceftriaxone. This was indicated in a letter to the Communicable Diseases Network Australia, co-signed by the Royal Australian College of Physicians. See the full letter (sent 13 Feb 2013) here.