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.

NEWS

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. 

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.

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NEWSLETTER 

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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