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.


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.

Tuesday 12 April 2016
Are you treating patients living with HIV? Complete the University of Queensland’s quick, anonymous, online survey and go into the draw to WIN a $2000 Flight Centre gift card! The study aims to identify practitioners’ needs and improve smoking cessation services for people living HIV.

Thursday 7 April 2016
Australian STI Management Guidelines For Use in Primary Care – Annual Critical Review Now Complete
These Guidelines, developed by ASHA, are an online resource designed to provide Primary Care Providers with concise information to support the prevention, testing, diagnosis, management and treatment for sexually transmissible infections. The Guidelines are supported by RACGP, AChSHM, ASID, APNA, FPAA, AIDA and ACNP to ensure they reflect best practice and are appropriate for use in primary care. For more information, visit the website.

Monday 7 March 2016
The Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA) supports the work of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia. As a group of partner organisations established to improve national and local responses to sexual health, we 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. We strongly encourage the government to continue to support this invaluable program.

Monday 29 February 2016
Read the latest ASHA book review of "Male Sex Work and Society", edited by Victor Minichiello and John Scott, reviewed by Dr Margaret Redelman OAM, Sexologist and President of the Society of Australian Sexologists NSW. 

Friday 26 February 2016
Dame Margaret Sparrow, a leading New Zealand reproductive rights advocate, doctor, and author has written a fascinating book review for ASHA, reviewing the recently published book "The Secrets of the ANZACS: The Untold Story of Venereal Disease in the Australian Army, 1914-1919" by Raden Dunbar. 



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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