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Edition 13

Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference 2016


Gone are the days of a "boring" Closing plenary, where you can get away with ducking out early or having a sneaky snooze at the back! This year's Opening and Closing plenary are two of the key sessions not to miss at the conference;

ASHM Opening Plenary - HIV Prevention, Wednesday 16 November 8.45am - 10.30am
8.45am Welcome to land – Georgina Williams 
8.50am Address from the Health Minister – The Hon Jack Snelling M.P. 
8.55am Committee representative – Steve Wesselingh 
8.58am  Community representative – AFAO and NAPWHA
9.00am  As predicted divergence is happening; HIV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, A/Prof James Ward 
9.30am PrEP at age 6, Dr Jared Baeten 
10.00am Penile microbiome and HIV susceptibility, Dr Cindy Liu

Closing Plenary -  HIV in 2020 – Imagining the Future, Friday 16 November, 3.20pm - 4.20pm
Panel Discussion 
Whatever one’s views about goals and targets, it is clear enough that there has been a strengthened focus in Australia in recent years on bringing critical interventions and technologies, such as treatment, rapid testing and PrEP, to scale. This welcome focus has seen newfound energy and great effort directed to improving access to HIV testing and treatment. Much of this effort has been driven by the imperative of the 2020 goal and under the Ending HIV banner. 

What then, of 2020? While great effort has been expended on the journey to 2020, there has been less discussion of what we’ll find when we arrive. Will HIV be over? Will we truly be ‘switching off the lights’ as has been suggested? Hardly. To presume so is to misunderstand the rhetorical device of Ending HIV and the mobilising intent of ambitious goals. But if HIV will still be here, then in what ways will it be here? At what intensity? Affecting whom? What of our organisations and workforce? And how best can we plan now for this future? 

Join us for what will be an engaging panel discussion on HIV in 2020.
Facilitator: Bridget Haire
Jared Baeten, Vice Chair and Professor, University of Washington, USA 
Levinia Crooks, CEO, ASHM
Andrew Grulich, Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia
Richard Keane, President, Living Positive Victoria
Darryl O'Donnell, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, Australia 
Matthew Weait, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Portsmouth
James Ward, Head Infectious Diseases Aboriginal Health, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, SA, Australia 


ASHM are mixing things up and bringing you the ASHM Hub, which includes a program of events and presentations at both the Australasian Sexual Health Conference and the HIV&AIDS Conference. Visit the ASHM Hub to find out how ASHM can support you in your work, while there  engage and network with ASHM and key peers in the sector.

Monday 14 November
from 1.30pm  
Sexual Health: The Burning Issues
An informal session with Infectious Diseases Physicians
Dr. Allison Ward and Dr Russell Waddell
Afternoon Tea 
from 3.30pm
Need tools for management of contact tracing + STI clinical practice?
Katy Roy (ASHM HIV + Sexual Health Program Manager) presents two website resources

Tuesday 15 November
Morning Tea
from 10.30am 
ASHM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through Online Learning
Learn of online learning modules that provide training of STI and BBVs –
from 12.30pm
Deadly Sex!
A/Prof James Ward (SAHMRI) shares some Deadly Sex insights from this year’s congress
Afternoon Tea
from 3.00pm       
Nurses Social Meet-and-Greet
A networking opportunity for Nursing delegates from across Australia and New Zealand 

Wednesday 16 November
Morning Tea
from 10.30am
Combatting BBV and STI-related stigma + discrimination in health care settings
ASHM CEO, Levinia Crooks speaks about the work that ASHM is leading in this field
Afternoon Tea
from 4.00pm
Sexual transmission of HIV + the law: an Australian medical consensus statement
Presented by Paul Kidd (Chair of HIV Legal Working Group of Living Positive Victoria)

Thursday 17 November
Morning Tea
from 10.30am
Increasing uptake of testing + treatment among Priority Populations
Presented by ASHM Deputy CEO, Scott McGill and other community representative
from 12.30pm
A lunch time tour of the Asia Pacific – HIV responses in Fiji, Papua New Guinea + more
Presented by ASHM’s international team, Paul Zulu (PNG) + Dr Dashika Balak (Fiji)
Afternoon Tea
from 3.30pm
HIV s100 Prescriber Mixer
Mark Boyd (HIV/Infectious Diseases physician) facilitates this networking opportunity

Friday 18 November
Morning Tea
from 10.30am  
Do You DARE? How to conduct an Anal Cancer Examination
Dr Jason Ong and Dr Rick Varma demonstrate a DARE (Digital Anal Rectal Examination)
from 12.00pm 
Trans men in an innovative HIV response
Ted Cook from FTMen-SA speaks about a HIV sexual health campaign highlighting trans MSM
HIV Management in Australasia – Support for Clinical Care
Aaron Cogle (Executive Director of NAPWHA) presents Standards for Psychological Support for Adults Living with HIV and the HIV Management in Australasia: A Guide for Clinical Care website

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