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.


Tuesday 28 November

CAREER OPPORTUNITY - Research Assocaite, Post Doctoral Fellow at The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society, UNSW Medicine. This position will contribute to the conceptualisation, design and implementation of epidemiological and public health research projects. In particular, this position will be involved with the direction, management and application of a large national database used to monitor blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections across Australia. CLICK HERE for more information and to apply.

Monday 20 November 2017
The Journal of Global Public Health has released an article by Peter Aggleton and Purnima Mane on Enabling positive change: Progress and setbacks in HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Click here to read the full article.

Thursday 9 November 2017
2018 Sexual Health conference announcement - 2018 IUSTI AP Congress will be a joint meeting between the International Union for Sexually Transmitted Infections –Asia Pacific, the NZ Sexual Health Society and the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance and will be held in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand 1-3 November 2018. For more information please see the conference website.

October 2017
New blog post! Zac Cannell and Sean Miller from SHINE SA talk about transgender health in South Australia on the ASHA blog - The Efficacy of community leadership: Trans Health South Australia - a community resource, by the community. CLICK HERE to read the full blog.

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 Handbook, which 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.



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