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 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.

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. 



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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