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ASHM Newsletter - June 2015
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'Many Strands Make up one Rope': 2018 IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress
brings together the sexual health workforce to strengthen bonds 
Health experts from across the Asia Pacific gathered in Auckland from 1–3 November for the 2018 IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress, to discuss the major challenges facing sexual and reproductive health in the region. "Not only [did] this congress bring together the diverse countries of our region to showcase our collaboration when it comes to sexual health, we are also demonstrating what we can achieve when we see partnerships between specialists, GPs, nurses, community, researchers, health promoters and educators,” said ASHM CEO Alexis Apostolellis.

The congress, hosted by ASHM, is a joint meeting of the International Union for Sexually Transmitted Infections — Asia Pacific, the NZ Sexual Health Society and the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA). We would like to thank all delegates, speakerssponsors, exhibitors and the congress committee who attended and participated. Congratulations are extended to all of the ASHA awardees, including: Dr Deborah Bateson awarded the ASHA Distinguished Services AwardDr Graham Brown awarded the Mid-Career Multidisciplinary Achievement AwardJessica Botfield awarded the Young Leader Award. Selected IUSTIAP18 presentations and abstracts are now available in the program as audio recordings.  ACCESS THEM HERE
 
Key voices speak out on inequity and lack of access issues for indigenous workers

Sexual health workers from across Australia and New Zealand were in Auckland, New Zealand, at the IUSTIAP18 Congress discussing the many issues affecting their sector including trends in STI and HIV diagnoses in Asia and the Pacific but also to develop ways forward. The global burden of 4 curable STIs (syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis) in 2016 remains very high and is largely unchanged from 2012, as reported by WHO. Inequity and lack of access continue to be major barriers that indigenous workers have to deal with, as reported on Te Karere (New Zealand-Aotearoa's longest running Māori news service delivered entirely in Māori). Interviews include Alison Green, Chief Executive of Te Whāriki Takapou (pictured) who asserted that what is needed to address those structural issues is a clear evidence-based road map from the New Zealand Ministry of Health around the sexual and reproductive health requirements and priorities as identified [not by others, but] by Maori communities.  View Media Clip
 
ASHM's ALL GOOD website awarded finalist as Community Campaign of the Year at the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards

5 November 2018:  ASHM's health website for people of culturally and lingustically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, ALL GOOD, was awarded as a finalist in the category of Community Campaign of the Year for the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards (PMCAs) recognising excellence in the multicultural media and marketing industry. The Commonwealth-funded website, launched in early-2018, focuses on key information on BBVs and STIs and provides tools and referral pathways to testing and treatment. Information is provided in 17 different languages (with more to be added), including English, in both text and spoken word recordings.  Read more
 
ASHM supports HIV & STI workforce development training in Timor-Leste

26-29 September 2018:  In collaboration with Marie Stopes Timor-Leste, ASHM's International Program conducted a 4-day clinical mentoring training for experienced clinical providers (doctors, midwives, nurses) in Dili, Timor-Leste. The workshop aimed to improve the quality of HIV & Sexual Health testing, treatment and clinical management services by strengthening the knowledge and skills of Marie Stopes staff to train and mentor their own clinical workforce.  Read more
 
SECTOR NEWS
Special issue of SEXUAL HEALTH available for FREE download:  Getting PrEP to the people — opportunities, challenges, and examples of successful health services models of PrEP implementation

For those who work in HIV prevention, there is no doubt that antiretrovirals, both as treatment and PrEP, provide an opportunity to stop HIV transmission altogether. This special issue of Sexual Health brings to light the opportunities and challenges for health service providers engaged in PrEP implementation. It discusses goal setting, policies, demand creation, and what it takes to attract, serve and retain PrEP users. This is illustrated using experiences of PrEP implementation pioneers from around the world. Don't miss an editorial by Australian experts Iryna Zablotska-Manos and Jason Ong; with Jared Baeten, Nittaya Phanuphak and Sheena McCormack. Available for download from 29 November and available free for the whole of December 2018.  Access it here
 
New data released: Australia's Annual Report Card on HIV, hepatitis and STIs

The Kirby Institute have released the latest findings from the 2018 Annual Surveillance Report where key findings related to HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and sexually transmissible infections in Australia to the end of 2017 can be viewed on an interactive website using interactive graphs that explore the data breakdown and trends according to population or demographic. A separate report is prepared that further explores the data in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. Find out what's new in 2017 and access the interactive website
 
2019 Australasian Sexual Health Conference
16 – 18 September 2019
Perth, WA
2019 Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference
17 – 19 September 2019
Perth, WA
2019 Australasian Viral Hepatitis Elimination Conference  |  13 – 15 August 2019  |  Sydney, NSW