Sexual Health Conference

The Australasian Sexual Health Conference is convened by ASHA. The conference encourages all disciplines involved in sexual health medicine and sexual health promotion to come together and share experiences, new research and discuss national and local responses to sexual health in Australasia.

2020 Joint Australasian HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Conferences: VIRTUAL

Monday 16 – Friday 20 November 2020

It’s undeniable that COVID-19 has impacted all our lives professionally and personally, and demanded we adapt to a new working environment. What hasn’t changed is our desire to ensure the conferences remain a forum for further education, research and connection within the sector.

Program overview and scholarships available; find out more at 


Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Sept 16-18, 2019.

The Key Findings Report for Joint Australasian Sexual Health and HIV&AIDS Conferences 2019 is available to download

The presentations, abstracts and audio recording are available in the Program on the conference website.

A number of delegates blogged from the conference, view the reports at:


A Joint Meeting of IUSTI-AP, NZSHS & ASHA

Auckland, Aoteroa New Zealand 1-3 November 2018.

This an invitation to all health professionals working in the area of sexual and reproductive health to  attend the IUSTI AP Congress (a joint meeting between the International Union for Sexually Transmitted Infections –Asia Pacific, the NZ Sexual Health Society and the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance) to be held in Auckland, Aoteroa New Zealand 1-3 November 2018.

This is an opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary networking event at a  time when countries are finding it challenging to maintain sustainable sexual health service delivery.

Visit the conference website for more information. 

Pictured above: 2017 ASHA Sexual Health Conference Co-Convenors Tim Bavinton and Dave Templeton passing the ASHA conference scroll over to Eric Chow. Eric was standing in for Christopher Fairley, who is the convenor of the scientific program for the 2018 IUSTI AP conference.


The 2017 ASHA Sexual Health conference was held in Canberra, ACT, 7-9 November 2017, with the theme of “Re-Forming Sexual Health”. 

Taking forward the agenda for re-thinking sexual health established by the 2016 Australasian Sexual Health Conference in Adelaide, the 2017 interdisciplinary conference addressed how sexual health can be Re-Formed: firstly towards more integrated and personalised provision attuned to people’s needs; and secondly, to make more streamlined and cost-effective use of available resources. 

The ASHA award winners were announced at the conference. CLICK HERE for more details. 

A report of key learnings with policy makers, health professionals, and community reviewed from the 2017 conference is available. Download a copy: Key Learnings Report  |  View as online Magazine

Visit the conference website for more information. 


The 2016 ASHA conference in Adelaide, South Australia. The conference was held on 14-16 November 2016, with the theme of “Rethinking Sexual Health”. 

Emerging technologies, environmental challenges such as emerging antibiotic resistance, changing work practices and the persistence of sexual health inequalities all point to the need for adopting an interdisciplinary approach to ‘Rethinking Sexual Health’ research and practice – every presenter was be asked to consider how we should be ‘rethinking sexual health’.

Click here to view the 2016 Australasian Sexual Health Conferece Report for a detailed wrap-up of the conference.

The ASHA award winners were announced at the conference. CLICK HERE for more details.


The 2015 World HIV & STI Congress was held in Brisbane, Australia on 13-16 September, 2015. 

For the first time in its 40 year history the International Society for STD Research (ISSTDR) held its biennial meeting below the equator. The meeting was held in conjunction with the International Union against STIs (IUSTI) ensuring a vibrant event with delegates from around the world. The ISSTDR and IUSTI are the preeminent global bodies dedicated to research into STIs, HIV and sexual health, from basic science through to population health.

The Congress was held back-to-back with the Annual Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference, 16-18 September.

The theme of the 2015 Congress was “Up and Coming”, and focused on the promotion of new and outstanding international researchers whilst ensuring a strong basic science track.  It highlighted research from the Asia and Pacific regions and promoted research into the sexual health of vulnerable populations; including Indigenous people, ethnic minorities, and sexual/gender minorities. 

The 2016 ASHA Social Networking Event ‘Coming Together: Getting to Know ASHA and Each Other’ was held at the Congress, where delegates from a broad range of interdisciplinary organisations met, from across Australia and internationally. The evening was a huge success with over 100 tickets sold. Pictures from the event can be found here.

The inaugural ASHA Mid-Career Interdisciplinary Achiever Award was also presented at the Congress.

For a snapshot of highlights from the Congress, check out the photos on the Congress website


The 2014 Australasian Sexual Health Conference was held from the 9-11 October 2014 at the Sydney Masonic Centre, Sydney, Australia.

With other 390 health professionals attending, the conference was a great success. The conference showcased how promoting good sexual health in our communities not only includes the safety messages of condom use, but goes well beyond to encourage self-confidence in knowledge and community acceptance.

ASHA’s inaugural Young Clinical Leader Awards were also announced during the conference.

To read some of the stories coming out of the conference, go to the event’s media page.


The ASHA 2013 Australasian Sexual Health Conference was held on 23 – 25 October 2013, in Darwin, Australia. The conference was held back-to-back with the Australasian HIV & AIDS (ASHM) Conference 21 – 23 October 2013.

If you’d like to get a snapshot of highlights from the conference, check out the Conference Photos.

This year’s conferences generated unprecedented media coverage so it’s well worth taking a look.

Invited speakers included Dr Roy Chan, Head of the National STI Control Programme in Singapore; Dr Teresa M. Darragh, University of California, San Francisco; Professor Basil Donovan, the Kirby Institute, Australia; Associate Professor Jane Hocking, University of Melbourne, Australia.