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.


Kenneth Ibe

Dr Kenneth Ibe is a General Practitioner working mainly in the aboriginal communities of Gilgandra and Gulargambone in NSW. He has special interests in viral hepatitis and HIV as it affects these communities and has been involved in the management of these infections and also narcotic abuse through the methadone program in these communities for about 10 years now. He is eager to continue his services to these communities in the years to come.

Gemma Hartmann

I’m a Sexual Health/HIV CNS at the Eurobodalla Sexual Health service on the south coast of NSW.  Previously I worked in a busy metropolitan sexual health clinic, however a keen interest in rural health propelled me to make the move. I’m enjoying the varied challenges involved in sexual health service provision in regional and rural communities.

Robert Burton

I studied medicine a St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London before going on to specialise in general practice. I undertook my GP training through University College London Hospitals. It was during this time that my interest in sexual health was sparked after working in a busy London sexual health clinic. After completing my GP specialty training, I moved to Sydney and began work as a registrar at Sydney Sexual Health Centre, Sydney Hospital. I spent two years at SSHC, during which time I completed the s100 HIV prescriber course. Following this I joined Taylor Square Private Clinic in May 2014 and I continue to work there now. I particularly enjoy the opportunity to work in this high case-load practice where I can combine my joint interests in sexual health/HIV medicine and general practice.

Dr Carole Khaw

Dr Carole Khaw is a Sexual Health Physician at Clinic 275, STD Services, Infectious Diseases Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital.


She is also Senior lecturer in Medical Education and MBBS Clinical Skills Year 1 and 2 Co-ordinator at the University of Adelaide.


Dr Khaw has been involved in and passionate about HIV medicine since 2009 and has a particular interest in HIV and ageing, co-morbidities and co-infections.


She has been involved in several projects with ASHM including being a speaker for the most recent s100 prescriber course in Adelaide and the ‘Sexual Health Update’ in Ceduna, S.A.











Levinia Crooks

Levinia is Chief Executive Officer of Australasian Society for HIV Medicine and Co-chair of the HIV Testing Policy Expert Reference Committee. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Public Health and Human Biosciences at La Trobe University

Olena Goodwin

Olena is a General Practitioner and S100 prescriber from St Kilda South Medical Clinic in Melbourne. She has been involved in the clinical care of Hepatitis B and C infected patients and their families. Olena has a strong belief in holistic health care and maintains her professional development in preventive medicine.

Garry Kuchel

Garry is a Registered Nurse of over 25 years experience. After working for 16 years in the “pinnacle” area of ICU, Garry took a break & wondered “where to from here” with his nursing career. Almost literally by chance, he was offered a couple of hours a week casual work conducting HIV/STI screening with the WA AIDS Council in their weekly SOPV (sauna) clinic for gay/MSM. Quite unexpectedly, Garry found his niche. In July 2010 the WA AIDS Council opened their new, & until then unprecedented & unique (in Australia), peer based & nurse-led HIV/STI screening service - the M Clinic - dedicated to gay & other MSM. Garry has developed a consuming passion for the sexual health of gay men & other MSM, including MTF & FTM transgender, as well as Sex Workers & IDU. Being a gay man, Garry also sees himself as somewhat uniquely well-placed to engage with gay & other MSM because he "gets them". Garry’s mantra: "I care, but I don’t care” i.e. he cares about his clients & their sexual health, but “I don’t care who you have sex with”. It’s all about potential risk, not judgement.  

Matthew Shields

Matt Shields is a sexual health physician and general practitioner working in a primary care setting at Taylor Square Private Clinic in Sydney. His special interests are HIV medicine and viral hepatitis, STIs and dermatology.

A/Prof Marilyn McMurchie

Adjunct Associate Professor (Discipline of General Practice) University of Sydney; MB BS  MHP  FAFPHM; OAM

Marilyn McMurchie is a general practitioner in central Sydney with a strong interest in HIV medicine and education, and Adjunct Associate Professor (Discipline of General Practice) University of Sydney.

From 1991 to 1993, Marilyn was President of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) and until 2013 was a member of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

In the 1990s, she received a World AIDS Day award and a Gavemer Foundation award and in 2006 was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services in HIV care and education.

Marilyn currently represents the NSW Faculty of the RACGP on the committee overseeing the implementation of the NSW Ministry of Health’s strategy to eliminate HIV infection.

Tawhanga Nopera

I have lived with HIV since I was 22, contracting the virus through unprotected sex in 1998. I identify as takatāpui and am a genderfluid Māori person who lives in my tribal village connected to my whānau, hāpū and iwi, or family, subtribes and tribes. I have been a professional artist since 2007 and recently submitted the first creative practice PhD through the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato. My research focuses on ways that raranga, a traditional Māori weaving process, can be used as a methodological approach to heal gender identity and sexual trauma. Specifically, within my research and creative practice I use raranga to analyse, interpret and transform lived realities of marginalised people.

Robin Dubow

Born UK 1950. Graduated with honours Sydney University 1974. Law degree university of Tasmania 2005. Worked in PNG, Canada, Antarctica, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, South Africa, Cambodia, Indonesia, and all parts of Australia including Norfolk Island and Christmas Island. Current working as a GP in Hobart Australia.

Fiona Anderson

CNC Launceston Sexual Health Service TAS.

Worked CNC Tasmanian Sexual Health Service past 10 years, currently covering North and North West Tas.

RN/RM Majority of past roles Midwifery;developing  Indigenous Women’s  Birthing Centre, Homebirth, NT;Women’s Health Rural and Remote NT and CNC Remote Indigenous Community NT for 5 years  setting  up the background experience necessary for Sexual Health.

Public, Tropical Health Master in QLD


Explored NGO work overseas to return to WA Remote; Midwifery/Women’s Health to Sexual Health Brisbane and TAS

Jamma Li

I'm a third year advanced trainee in Clinical Immunology & Allergy in NSW. I'll be reporting back particularly on sessions relevant to HIV practice in suburban Sydney, as well as interesting international perspectives.

Dr Jane Hunt

Dr Jane Hunt is a GP working at Holdsworth House Medical Practice (HHMP), a high HIV case-load private general practice in Darlinghurst, N.S.W.

Jane is a co-investigator on HIV- related clinical trials conducted at HHMP. She has been involved in the care of HIV positive people and their partners since 2006 and has been a HIV s100 prescriber since 2012.

Festus Anochie

General Practitioner with more than 15 years experience in rural/urban general practice

Marilou Capati


I am a GP, GP supervisor and director of Top End Medical Services in Casuarina, NT, and a member of the Top End Clinical Council of the NT Primary Health Network.  I am passionate about migrant and refugee health and am one of the first GP prescribers of ASHM's Hep B S100 program.  

Stuart Aitken

Stuart is a sexual health physician in private practice on Queensland's Gold Coast. His interests are in STIs, HIV medicine, infectious diseases epidemiology and gender medicine. He is a senior lecturer at Griffith University, and medical educator at True Relationships and Sexual Health (formerly Family Planning Queensland). 

Rasanga Liyanage

Rasanga is the Advanced Trainee in Sexual Health at Short Street Centre Sexual Health Clinic (St George Hospital) in Kogarah, NSW. She is a Sexual Health Physician from Sri Lanka with over 9 years’ experience and will be presenting her latest research on ‘nPEP knowledge among MSM’ at EACS 2015.

Julian Langton-Lockton

Julian Langton-Lockton is a sexual health physician working as a research fellow / advanced trainee in sexual health medicine at Western Sydney Sexual Health since February 2014.

His current role at WSSHC involves clinical outpatient sexual health and HIV care; research including the SPANC study where he is currently undergoing training in anoscopy; teaching on the Masters program for HIV, STIs and sexual health, and medical students at the University of Sydney.

Julian completed his specialist training in sexual health and HIV medicine in the UK and has worked as a consultant physician in HIV and Sexual health in the UK (Manchester, London and Birmingham).  In addition to his sexual health training, he has 2 years of Infectious Diseases and 2 years of General Medicine at advanced trainee level.

His specialist work has involved delivery of HIV care for acute inpatients and outpatients.

Throughout his career, Julian has been actively involved in teaching general practitioners, hospital doctors, allied health workers and medical students.

His interest includes teaching on HIV and sexual health to diverse audiences; HIV and sexual health clinical care; and development of programs that will benefit CALD domestic and international communities and hard to engage marginalised communities within Australia.

Anthony Elias

I am an Australian infectious disease registrar working over in HIV in Dili, East Timor. Timor remains a low prevelence country, however in recent years incidence has steadily risen. Here I am part of a team caring for half of the patients in the country on treatment. Work here has been challenging with limited resources, an unreliable supply chain and Significant administrative hurdles. I hope to eventually return to Australia and complete infectious disease training.