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.


Brett Hadlow

Brett is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in HIV and Research with Clinic 16 at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. He has been working in HIV and Sexual Health for 5 years and is Site Clinical Research coordinator for the current NSW PrEP trial and previous PEP and PrEP trials. He is currently undertaking post graduate studies in Nursing with the goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

Gary Prott

I’m originally from Scotland. I’ve worked extensively in community HIV /AIDS care in New York City from 1992  - 1997. My current role is as CNS at RPA Sexual Health. I was previously at the Albion Centre, also specialising in sexual health and HIV management.



Kate Salisbury

Kate is Nursing Unit Manager at the Kirketon Road Centre in Kings Cross, Sydney and has been working in the sexual health and HIV prevention and treatment field for 13 years. Kate has a particular interest in working with marginalised populations.  As well as being a registered nurse for nearly 20 years, she also has a Master of Public Health and a Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Vanessa Towell

Vanessa Towell is a Program Manager for the National Policy and Education Division at ASHM. Vanessa manages training, resources and policy projects with a focus on viral hepatitis.

Rebecca Bosworth

Rebecca Bosworth is a PhD candidate at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW. Rebecca's doctoral thesis focuses on harm reduction in prisons globally. She also works as a Registered nurse for Justice Health. Her research interests include prisoner health, harm reduction and HIV/hepatitis prevention among drug injecting prisoners.

Mark Rowe

I am an RN with 20 years of experience. I have been practicing within the sphere of Sexual Health & HIV for around 9 years. Based in Alice Springs in Central Australia, I initially worked out bush in remote Aboriginal communitues and then for the last 7 years I have been based at an urban clinic. I completed my Masters degree in STI’s, HIV & Sexual Health through the University of Sydney in 2014.

Robert Page

Rob Page is a GP at the Kirketon Road Centre in Kings Cross, Sydney. His interests include harm minimisation, HIV medicine, addiction medicine and Aboriginal health. He is currently studying a Master of Public Health at Sydney University.

Mary Florance

Mary is a Clinical Nurse Specialist focusing on HIV, Sexual Health and Viral Hepatitis at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. She is particularly interested in the sexual health and rights of the sex worker community as well as evolving client engagement strategies to optimise patient care and education.

Susan Mason

Sue Mason has been a  registered nurse since 1989 working in the fields of gastroenterology surgery and gastroenterology and hepatology. Currently employed at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney as a clinical nurse consultant in hepatitis C treatment and care. I have been on the board of the Australasian Hepatology association since 2008 and i am currently the president. I have been a clinical advisor for ASHM since 2009 working on the development and delivery of hepatitis C education modules.
Can speak to hepatology nursing, HCV treatment and care, AHA matters including the consensus based nursing guidelines for the nursing care of patients with Hepatitis B, hepatitis C, advanced liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Margaret Traill

Regional Sexual Health Nurse in Albury NSW. All rounder - sexual health, HIV care, NSP, health promotion/education, advocate and confidant

Clancy Barrett

I am a passionate sexual health nurse who enjoys engaging with clients and colleagues from a broad range of backgrounds. I love working in rural areas and with disadvantaged clients, specifically those from ATSI and LGBTQI backgrounds. I relish the chance to continue learning and expanding my professional networks.

Meredith Williams

Meredith Williams is a general practitioner/ s100 prescriber working at East Sydney Doctors and the Kirketon Road Centre in Darlinghurst, Sydney.  She has particular interests in preventative health and working with marginalised populations.

Vaughn Eaton

Vaughn Eaton is the Director, SA Pharmacy for the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) which incorporates Flinders Medical Centre, Noarlunga Hospital and the Repatriation General Hospital.  Vaughn, a lecturer at Flinders University and University of SA, has had a long interest in Infectious Disease and HIV medicine while contributing in this area to professional publications and journals.

Crystal Connelly

Crystal is a registered nurse with extensive experience in the management and treatment of patients with viral hepatitis. Since joining DCS she has enjoyed the scope of her role in managing Communicable Diseases, including viral hepatitis within the correctional setting.  In 2009 Crystal was elected to the Board of the Australasian Hepatology Association where she has promoted care and access to treatment of prisoners with hepatitis B & C. After completing her under graduate in nursing Crystal went on to complete further qualifications in Health Management and is currently studying Infectious Diseases at UWA.

Ruthy Mciver

Ruthy McIver is a CNC at Sydney Sexual Health Centre where she coordinates the clinical research and quality activities. She has postgraduate qualifications in international health and public health.

Samuel Elliott

Dr Sam Elliott is a HIV and Hepatitis specialist GP working at Riverside Family Medical Practice in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. Sam is committed to General Practice and HIV research. He is actively involved in the training of medical students and GP Registrars. Sam has an interest in Cardiovascular comorbidity in HIV and models of team based management of HIV / Viral hepatitis patients within a General Practice setting.

Manoji Gunathilake

Dr Manoji Gunathilake (MBBS/Dip Ven/MD/DFSRH/FAChSHM)

Manoji Gunathilake is the sexual health physician at Sexual Health & Blood Borne Virus Unit of the Centre for Disease Control – Darwin, Northern Territory.

Ivette Aguirre

Ivette is the Senior Clinical Pharmacist at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (Alfred Health). She has an interest in Infectious Diseases/HIV and is in the process of completing a Master of Clinical Pharmacy involving a project looking at the impact of a Pharmacist Review at Annual Health Checks in patients taking combination antiretroviral therapy.

Christine Janssen

Christine started her Social Work career in Aged Care and was involved in the design of the Acute Care Aged Unit (ACAU), which is also known as MAU. She then moved to Community as a Case Worker, which gave insight into the other side of aged care.
Christine moved to the Liver Clinic in the Gastroenterology & Hepatology Dept. in April 2009, in response to an EIO which stated ‘no experience necessary, suitable for a Social Worker who wants to expand her fields’. This has proved to be an exciting and rewarding position, offering opportunities not generally available within a hospital setting.
A successful application to Diversity Health for a grant has resulted in a project that has been running for the past 12mths. As Project Manager, Christine has formed partnerships with a number of CALD organisations to promote health initiatives and developed a program that can be implemented by other disciplines to reach CALD communities.
There has also been the opportunity to present at Forums and Conferences, both local and national. One of the presentations illustrated the development of a new practice model, PAVE, which she designed to assist patients before, during and after treatment.
Christine is a board member on a number of external committees and provides consultation to  organisations, eg NSW Cancer Council, TRAIDS, and HepLink and has had feature articles published in HepReview.

Amanda Chambers

I have been working as a sexual Health Nurse for the past 14 years in STI/BBV with a passionate interest in HIV. My work has been in both Clinical Roles and Surveillance within the SA Health and NGO sectors. In 2006 I completed the Advanced Nurse Practice module in HIV and Hepatitis C through ASHM in Sydney. These modules progressed my practice and interest in the field.

I endeavour to keep myself up-to-date in the field by attending conferences and updates. During the past 12 months attending ASHM STI/ HIV Conference Adelaide, ART of Art in Melbourne and Gilead Sex in 2017 Sydney. My most recent projects are Lead Nurse for the Rapid HIV Testing, Peer led program (RAPIDO), a Government funded demonstration project through Shine SA, and Lead Nurse for PrepX SA trial at Hyde Street Practice, Adelaide, working alongside a Sexual Health Physician and specialists.

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