ASHM Report Back

Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.


Michael Moso

Michael is a medical resident with the Infectious Diseases Unit at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. He works as part of the inpatient team managing patients admitted acutely or electively for HIV management. Michael has been heavily involved in HIV research and has previously completed an Honours year in HIV latency with Prof Sharon Lewin. He continues his research with the Infectious Diseases Unit at the Alfred and will be presenting his research on HIV and CKD at this year's conference.

Becky Zhang

Becky is a family physician in Western Sydney Australia. She is a FRACGP with MBBS, Diploma in Child Health, Dermatology and Medical Acupuncture. She is currently a GP training supervisor and RACGP examiner. She has the passion and interest in caring hepatitis patients and their family. She has been involved in the clinical care of hepatitis B positive people in the community and has been a Hepatitis B prescriber since 2015. She believes in holistic health care as it contributes to the Science and Art of Medicine and maintains ongoing professional development in the area. She has commitment of working together with multidisciplinary team towards viral hepatitis elimination.


George Forgan Smith

Dr George Forgan-Smith is a GP based in Melbourne’s busy CBD. He has a busy practice where he has a high focus on gay men’s health, sexual health, HIV care and PrEP.

When he’s not at work he is an active blogger, video creator and enjoys the opportunity to travel and educate at leather, kink and gay men’s health events on sexuality, health and kink safety


Gwamaka Mwasakifwa

I completed my medical training in Tanzania, and then worked in the HIV/STIs clinic. I’m currently doing postgraduate research studies at The Kirby Institute. My research focuses on the pathogenesis of HIV associated changes in bone mineral density (BMD) and kidney proximal tubulopathy. I’m also trained in HIVs100 prescriber course.

Eva Jackson

Eva is a Sexual Health Physician and Clinical Director for Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Sexual Health & HIV Clinics. She has been involved in the clinical care of HIV positive people and their families since 1999. Eva has a strong belief in holistic sexual health care and maintains her professional development in all areas of sexual health medicine. She works with her patients in clinical care to treat their HIV infections in context with their sexuality, relationships and stage in life. She is currently working with ASHM to produce educational material to primary care audiences that encompasses multiple areas of sexual health. She is the convener of this year’s (2014) Australasian Sexual Health conference.

Usaiwevhu Munyengeterwa

Usai is middle aged man who was born and bread in Zimbabwe. He migrated to Australia 12 years ago. He has Extensive experience in general nursing including medical, surgical, emergency, theatre, Hiv and Hepatitis nursing. He has attended several workshops and courses and has a Masters in Public health with the University of New Castle. He is currently practising as a nurse specialist with Justice Health. He coordinates HIV and Hepatitis clinics with the visiting specialists from POWH.

Mark Boyd

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Vincent Burns

Dr Vince Burns is a Registrar in HIV/Sexual Health Medicine at the Albion Centre, Sydney. He is also a s100 prescribing General Practicioner. Vince qualified Medicine in 1992 in England where he worked before emigrating to Australia in 2008. 

Joanne Leamy

Joanne is the Contact Tracing Clinical Nurse Consultant at Cairns Sexual Health, and has worked in the field of sexual health and HIV since 1993 in Australia and New Zealand.  Joanne teaches at James Cook University, is President of Queensland AIDS Council, Secretary of AFAO and Director of Health Reimagined.

Ken Hazelton

Ken Hazelton has been working fulltime in his Practice as a GP in Orange, Central Western NSW, for 30 years.

Ken has been a community HIV s100 prescriber for over 15 years and was one of the first community prescribers in NSW.

As a regional GP, the numbers of active patients have never exceeded 15. Ken has been actively involved in the National HIV Standards, Training and Accreditation Committee (NHSTAC) and its predecessors since 2006 representing low volume prescribers.

Other interests include Medical Educator for his Registrar Training Provider, Senior Lecturer for the Sydney University Rural Clinical School in Orange, and getting in to sporting lycra.

Ken is really looking forward to CROI 2014 and reporting to fellow community HIV s100 prescribers from the Conference.

Penny Kenchington

I have worked as a senior nurse in the area of HIV, Hepatitis and sexual health for more than 22 years, 9 of those years as a Nurse Practitioner. My role is varied within the sexual health service in a regional and remote setting. One of my primary roles is providing a sexual health service for Indigenous men and women, managing STI, hepatitis B and C, sexual function and reproductive health in a remote community. I am a senior clinician in the regional sexual health service and a board member of the HIV foundation QLD.

Danielle Collins

Danielle Collins is a registered nurse undertaking her final year of her Nurse Practitioner candidacy, specialising in HIV medicine, through the Alfred Hospitals Victorian HIV Service.

Danielle has previously worked for the Victorian AIDS Council and has a strong interest in HIV treatment and prevention.

Nicolette Roux

Dr Nicolette Roux completed her medical degree at the University of Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg South Africa in 2004. She moved to Australia with her family in 2008, worked in an Emergency Department on the Gold Coast for 4 years then moved more regionally. 
Since moving to Australia she has developed an interest in Indigenous Health and has worked at Wuchopperen Health Service in Cairns since April 2014. She is currently completing her Fellowship with Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine with Advanced Specialist Training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

Peggy Bain

Peggy is a Neuropsychologist with 20 years clinical experience in HIV neuropsychology, for the past 16 years in an area position at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.  She was a protocol team member for the SMART Neurology Substudy and is currently NSW State Chair of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists.Peggy

Michael Seah

Mike is a general practitioner and community s100 prescriber at Gungahlin Family Healthcare in Canberra. He has been involved in the clinical care of HIV positive people since 2003. Mike works closely with other health and community providers in Canberra to coordinate HIV care. He has participated in the panel adapting the US Antiretroviral Guidelines and lectured on lesbian, gay and transgender issues in the Australian Defence Force. Mike has a strong interest in men's health, HIV treatment and sexually transmitted disease prevention.

Geraldine Dunne

Geraldine has a strong background in Paediatric Nursing in both Australia and the UK, completed her paediatric training at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and holds a degree in Child Health as well as a post graduate diploma in Child Development. She has worked at both major Paediatric hospitals in Sydney.

Sydney Children’s Hospital is a tertiary referral centre and is part of the Sydney Children’s Hospital network.

Her current role as Clinical Nurse Consultant, Infectious disease and Immunology, involves caring directly for children and their families affected by HIV in a tertiary Children’s hospital. Services include all aspects of HIV treatment, prevention, counselling, advocacy, case management and, education, as well as participation in research. These services are provided to Children who are HIV positive but also to infants born to HIV positive women. Sydney Children’s Hospital has a successful pMTCT service which means the CNC is responsible for coordinating across several services throughout Sydney and NSW. In conjunction with the HIV teams social worker, she Co-ordinates ‘Camp Goodtime’ and ‘Positive Kids’ camps annually, which are camps for families, children and adolescents affected by HIV.

She coordinates continuing education activities for health professionals in Australia and New Zealand and assist in the development of local and national guidelines on paediatric HIV prevention and care. Geraldine participates in national surveillance of peri natal exposure and transmission coordinated by Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU).

Joanne Bell

Dr Joanne Bell is an s100 prescribing GP based in Townsville, North Queensland. She works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward.

Her GP fellowship was achieved in 2016 with an advanced skill in Sexual Health and Aboriginal Health.

Dr Louise Owen

Dr Louise Owen is a Sexual Health Physician and Director of the Tasmanian Sexual Health Service.  Louise has been working in the area of sexual health since 1996, and is passionate about education and aims to increase awareness around sexual health by providing education to GPs, Registrars and Medical Students on HIV prevention and management, STI testing, and transgender medicine.

Jeffrey McMullen

Hello my name is Jeffrey. I am a Clinical Nurse on the infectious Diseases Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. My main ambition as a nurse has been and is to reduce the stigma associated with HIV. I hope to achieve this by educating other colleagues and the general public.

Anna Roberts

Anna is a solicitor and manages the National Policy and Education Division of ASHM, which oversees the domestic HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health programs. She has a Masters in International Public Health and worked as a human rights and immigration solicitor before joining ASHM in 2013. Anna has a background in international development and research with a focus on HIV and policy development. 

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