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.


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.

Susan Baglow


Sue Baglow is a GP working with refugees at Companion House and in private practice in Canberra. She has recently been involved in setting up a nurse-led hepatitis clinic at Companion House to help ensure continuity of monitoring and treatment compliance in a population with many co-morbidities and psychosocial problems.


Lauren Finlay

Lauren Finlay is a recently fellowed GP working for Apunipima Cape York Health Council in Napranum, a remote Aboriginal community with a population of 1000 people in Cape York. Lauren has always had an interest in sexual health, completing her MHSSH at Sydney University in 2013.

Ric Milner

Ric is a section 100 prescribing GP and has been working with patients with HIV since the beginning of the illness in Australia. He initiated and developed a sexual health clinic with Barwon Health in Geelong. He now works in General practice and in the prison system in Victoria.

Sean Slavin

Sean Slavin works in the Health Promotion Program of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations and is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW. He has a PhD in anthropology and has worked in HIV social science research and community based education and prevention for over 15 years. He is actively engaged in research into various aspects of living with and prevention of HIV including the role of treatments.

Rebecca Wiig

Rebecca completed her medical degree in Ireland and graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in 2005 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. She has worked in Australia since 2006 in various hospital positions, including Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as eight years as a registrar in Sexual Health Medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital. She went on to do General Practice training,completing this in 2014. Rebecca has a particular interest in Sexual health, Women’s health and contraception.

Shylet Sitima

I am a full time GP at an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Centre. We have a large volume of patients with Hepatitis C and hence my keen interest to learn more about managing this problem.


Niveditha Manokaran

Niveditha Manokaran is a Sexual Health Registrar working at Clinic 16,Royal North Shore Hospital for the last 5 years. She is currently also a GP registrar under training. She has a Diploma in Dermatology and Sexual Health from India and has been working in this area since 2010. She is a S100 prescriber. She is also trained in sexual and reproductive health from Family planning NSW and is also trained to do IUDs from FPA-NSW. Her special interests are HIV care and management, Women's health and Dermatology.

Trent Yarwood

Trent is an infectious diseases physician at Cairns Hospital, where he is responsible for the antimicrobial stewardship program. He also sees patients at the Cairns Sexual Health clinic where he has an interest in managing HIV+ patients with medical comorbidities.  Trent is undertaking post-fellowship training in public health medicine as part of the communicable disease control team at Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns).  His current research is on Group A Streptococcal skin diseases, and medical staff attitudes towards antibiotic prescribing and antibiotic resistance. His other clinical interests are infection control in healthcare settings and in communicable disease epidemiology.

Trent is an adjunct Senior Lecturer with the James Cook University School of Medicine & Dentistry, and an Associate Lecturer with the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School.  He has two children and is a member of the JCU Fencing Squad.

Sonja Hill

Sonja Hill is a Senior Project Officer at ASHM working primarily on the hepatitis C education and prescriber program. She has also coordinated hepatitis C training for non-liver specialist physicians in Indonesia and Malaysia. Her interests include the development of resources and online modules in the area of hepatitis C. 

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