Vulnerable populations in the Pacific are currently not receiving adequate HIV services as reported in the Pacific Multi-Country Mapping and Behavioural Study: HIV and STI Risk Vulnerability among Key Populations was a key finding of this study conducted by University of New South Wales the and ASHM in 2016 in nine Pacific Island countries in Kiribati, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, The Kingdom of Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia and The Republic of Marshall Islands.
In 2017, as part of ASHM's Pacific Sexual Health Workforce Capacity Building Program (a joint regional capacity building initiative between ASHM and The Oceania Society for Sexual Health and HIV Medicine to provide clinical mentoring, training and resources to health professionals working in HIV, TB and STIs in eleven Global Fund-supported Pacific countries) the development of a training package was commenced aimed at health care workers with an Introduction to addressing transgender health needs.
This 1-day training package was developed and reviewed in consultation with Pacific Sexual Gender and Diversity Network members and Pacific health workers.
In 2018, ASHM will scope the possibility to deliver this training to specific Pacific countries with large transgender populations, as well as, developing the training into online course format.
For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:
Michelle O'Connor | ASHM International HIV&SRH Program Adviser
Michelle.OConnor@ashm.org.au | +61 2 8204 0736