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.


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. 

Maung Maung Sein

Currently in the Rural GP Program of Tasmania and member of RACGP. Interested in Sexual and reproductive health, including HIV and Viral Hepatitis. Recently, completed both HIV and Hep B Prescriber Program and very keen to practice and help in the rural community of North West Tasmania.

Belinda Greenwood-Smith

Belinda is a Rural Medical Practitioner and Public Health Registrar who is currently working on a project to improve the cascade of care for Indigenous people with chronic hepatitis B infection living in remote communities of central Australia. She has also worked in the prison system and is keen to improve the management of viral hepatitis in that setting.


Dinusha Chandratilleke

I am an advanced trainee in Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology, currently working in Royal Perth Hospital in the HIV/Immunology service.  I previously worked in the diagnostic HIV laboratory at St Vincent’s Hospital (Sydney).  Looking forward to being involved in my first ASHM conference.

Dr Craig Rodgers

Craig Rodgers has been a General Practitioner at East Sydney Doctors in Darlinghurst since 2002. He commenced his involvement in the treatment of HIV/AIDS as a HIV registrar at the Albion Street Centre in 1997 and has continued his work in this area both in General Practice and at the Kirketon Road Centre (KRC) in Kings Cross, where he has worked as an Addiction Medicine Specialist and Medical Unit Manager. Apart from HIV, his other medical interests include Mental Health, Sexual Health, Hepatitis C, and the treatment of drug dependence. He regularly contributes to education programs run by the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM), and has also been on the council of the Australasian Professional Society for Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD) since 2007, currently as Treasurer.

Elizabeth Pearce

I'm a registered nurse with over 10 years nursing experience. I've worked in the UK, Singapore and Australia in the transplantation setting, Emergency Care and now HIV and Sexual Health.

Eric Chan

Eric is a General Practice Registrar in his final term having passed all his exam requirements. He works in Meadowbank and Hornsby in Sydney, serving a diverse patient demographic including heterosexual, LGBTI, CALD and refugee communities. Eric believes in non-discriminatory health care and is active in increasing awareness and access for screening, monitoring and treatment for Hepatitis within these communities.

Richard Wright

General practitioner inner Melbourne.35 years. 
Consultant at 'the travel doctor'30 years Diploma Sexual health. 
International certificate Travel Medicine. 
S100 prescriber. 
B Sc psychology/ exercise physiology




Megan Campbell

Megan is a Project Officer in the National Policy and Education Division at ASHM. She works primarily in coordinating HIV & STI Testing education for medical practitioners.  Megan holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Psychological Studies) from the University of Western Australia.

Duc Nguyen

Duc Nguyen is a Program Manager for ASHM International Division. He has been involved in the ASHM International HIV Program since 2008 and has been supporting the ASHM partnership and collaboration programs in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Timor Leste. Duc has also coordinated the ASHM International Short Course in HIV Medicine since 2008, which aims to advance clinical capacity of regional clinicians in HIV care and management. He also coordinates publication of a regional HIV resource ‘Is It HIV?’, which aims to facilitate early detection of HIV and related conditions, especially at primary health care levels in resource-limited settings. He is also involved in coordinating the ASHM twinning program which involves twinning up HIV professionals from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines with Australia-based clinicians for clinical placements and mentoring support.

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