Specialised Programs

ASHM is committed to supporting the HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health workforce across Australasia.

This extends to running programs that take into account the specific considerations of key groups.

These specialised programs include:

  • Nursing: We recognise the key role nurses play in the testing, diagnosis and management of patients across the spectrum of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health.
  • InternationalThis program supports capacity-building, leadership and mentoring, professional societies, and educational initiatives across the Asia-Pacific.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait IslandersWe provide specific training, education and resources to support health workers and community-controlled health service staff.
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities: We provide resources to support health workers working with CALD clients. 
  • HTLV-1 Working Group: ASHM has initiated work to support progress in understanding and responding to Human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) in Australia.

If you or your organisation is interested in working with ASHM as part of any of these programs, please contact us

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A brief overview of each program

 

Provision of education and resources to support and strengthen the nursing workforce involved in the treatment, care and management of people with HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Sexually Transmissible Infections. Advocacy on issues related to nurses’ capacity to work to their full scope of practice.

Education and workforce capacity strengthening programs specific to practitioners working in drug and alcohol settings or with people who use drugs. Including hepatitis C education programs and pharmaceutical opioid dependence training.

Practical resources, education, training and support, tailored to meet the needs of the health care sector who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Includes HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health.

Practical resources, education, training and support, tailored to meet the needs of the health care sector who work with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people. Includes HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health.

Workforce development activities in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health for health professionals including primary and tertiary care at all levels throughout Queensland, with special programs for Queensland Health staff working in correctional centres, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and community pharmacists.

The Victorian HIV and Hepatitis Integrated Training and Learning (VHHITAL) program delivers comprehensive education and training for GPs for the diagnosis, treatment and management of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections (STI). The program is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and is delivered and managed through a consortium comprising of North West Melbourne PHN (NWMPHN), the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM), Alfred Health, and the Doherty Institute.

Coordination of the HTLV-1 working group and yearly HTLV-1 roundtable, as well as advocacy on HTLV-1 as a public health issue in Australia and internationally.

Resources, training and workforce development is available to support community pharmacists to engage in the care of people living with HIV or viral hepatitis.