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.


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. 

Kaija Talviharju

I made a shift from the social welfare field to nursing in 2009, and have worked as a nurse at the Kirketon Road Centre in Kings Cross since early 2014. This role includes a mix of sexual health, drug health and general nursing care. My professional interests including providing quality health care to marginalised people.

Bianca Davidde

I completed post graduate medicine in 2011, during which I spent a student elective in a HIV clinic in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Since graduation and fellowship I have worked in correctional health, a high HIV case load general practice and have recently commenced training to become a sexual health physician.

Katelin Haynes

As the Queensland Program Manager, Katelin works across the major program areas of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health. Katelin has recently completed her PhD in medical research.

Interested health sector parties in Queensland (including clinicians, Aboriginal and Islander Community-controlled Health Services, community and sexual health workers and organisations) can contact Katelin about any of ASHM’s Queensland activities including:

  • Deadly Sex Congress for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers

  • HIV, viral hepatitis, sexual health and harm reduction workforce development program

  • ASHM Membership enquiries including specific benefits and scholarships for Queensland members

  • HTLV-1 Program



Louise Holland

Louise Holland- Sexual Health Nurse Consultant with Bendigo Community Health Services and Infectious Diseases Nurse Consultant with Bendigo Health. Louise’s specialist interests are sexual health issues for rural adolescents and people with a disability. Louise also coordinates health education programs for her specialist areas. Louise works at the Bendigo Hospital’s Specialist Infectious Diseases Clinic that manages viral hepatitis and HIV clients.

Mark Bloch

Dr Mark Bloch is director and head of Clinical Research of Holdsworth House Medical Practice, a large HIV-caseload practice in inner-city Sydney and is a board member of ASHM. (Disclosure of Interests)

Fiona Taylor

Registered Nurse for 29 years, worked in a variety of areas, including Intensive Care, Midwifery and most recently school based youth health nursing (9 years) where a passion for inclusive, sex positive, sexuality education developed. Completed Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health in 2014 and am currently employed (on contract) as Clinical Nurse/Clinical Trials coordinator at Sexual Health and HIV Service, Roma Street Brisbane. It is a busy clinic with a large cohort of HIV and SH clients. I am currently busy with Qprep trial but also responsible for a number of other trials, ie START, Cease and Long Term Non progressors. Have been a member of the Sexual Health Society of Qld for a number of years and attend regular PD in the area of SH and HIV.

William Hooke

As a registered nurse at Clinic 16 (North Sydney) I see a mixed caseload of clients for HIV/BBV/STI testing and treatment. Prior to and concurrently throughout my nursing I spent up to four years working with ACON (LGBTIQA+ Community organisation) as a volunteer and then as a Peer Educator for aTest (Point of Care HIV testing) conducting rapid HIV tests. I am currently enrolled in my Masters of Public Health and have a strong interest in changing STI treatment guidelines.

Karinne Andrich

I am the Refugee Health Nurse for Hunter New England LHD which covers the geographical size of the UK.  I am very humbled & privileged to be in this role and meet all refugees and asylum seekers on their arrival to Newcastle. My previous education in Paediatrics, Child & Adolescent Mental Health and International Health has given me the foundations I need to build upon. More recently I have commenced in Sexual Health as a casual nurse.

Janelle Small

I started my nursing career in 1996, working in a number of hospitals around Sydney. Left Sydney in 2001 to work in rural and remote areas of Central Australia and Kimberley region of Western Australia. I loved the Aboriginal culture, people, their communities as well as the challenges and complexities of living and working in them.

Most of my nursing had been in ED/ICU as well as Paediatrics. In 2004 had a career change and moved in to the world of sexual and reproductive health, working for a NGO in Canberra for a period of time before moving to the NSW Mid North Coast in 2007.

This is where I am currently based as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Sexual Health/HIV/Viral Hepatitis and work in an Outreach clinic for Hunter New England LHD, covering both Taree and Forster as a single nurse lead clinic. There is a large Aboriginal community as well as other high risk/at risk groups that I work with and enjoy being an advocate for. Also the challenges faced being in a rural area where there is stigma and isolation, and access to care and treatment that is continually improving.

Ed Gane

Ed is Professor of Medicine at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Chief Hepatologist and Deputy Director of the New Zealand Liver Transplant Unit at Auckland City Hospital. Ed trained in hepatology at the Institute of Liver Studies, King's College School of Medicine, London, where he completed his MD on the pathogenesis of hepatitis C-related liver injury. On his return to New Zealand in 1996, Ed was appointed Transplant Physician for the first New Zealand Liver Transplant programme. In addition, he conducts a National Hepatoma Clinic as well as hepatitis clinics at both Auckland and Greenlane Hospitals. Ed has been the Government Clinical Advisor to the National Hepatitis B Screening Programme since its inception in 1998 and is a board member for the Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand. Ed recently was appointed as Clinical Advisor for the Ministry of Health National Hepatitis C Project. Ed is an Investigator for many international clinical trials of therapies for chronic viral hepatitis with particular interest in early phase development of new direct acting antiviral therapies against hepatitis C. Ed has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals including The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine and serves on the editorial committee for several journals. Ed serves on the Executive Committee of the NZ Society of Gastroenterology and is a member of several international organisations including APASL, AASLD. ILCA and ILTS.

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