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.


Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith is a Registered Nurse currently working in Sexual Health. With a background previously in Critical Care, her long standing interest in Sexual Health and HIV nursing is now her primary focus and she is currently working at RPA Sexual Health, involved in the EPIC PrEP Trial and caring for persons living with HIV.

She is also an active member of the transgender community and has been involved with support groups, community engagement, education and also Outreach programs for transgender sex workers.

Wei Cai

Dr Wei Hua CAI is a general practitioner in Darlinghurst. He graduated from China in the year 1980 and moved to Australia as a GP in the year 2000He is a S100 prescriber. His main interest of practices are HIV, Hepatitis C and Drug & Alcohol management. Currently he practices in Darlinghurst, Eastwood and Northmead in NSW.


Dr. Iryna Zablotska

Dr Zablotska is an epidemiologist at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia. Sheis an investigator on a number of studies on risk behaviour and behavioural surveillance. She leads the Institute’s work on PrEP, including the NSW demonstration study PRELUDE, and was involved in the development of the NSW and national PrEP guidelines.

Victoria Hounsfield

Victoria Hounsfield is a CMO at Clinic 16 at Royal North Shore Hospital.  She has been practising in the field of Sexual Health and HIV medicine in the UK and Australia for over ten years. She has a particular interest in women with HIV and family planning.  

Michael Burke

Dr. Michael Burke MBBS, PhD has a twenty year engagement with HIV both in international and local settings. He holds positions at the University of Sydney Sexually Transmitted Infection Research Centre and in General Practice Departments at the Universities of Sydney and Western Sydney. He practices at East Sydney Doctors and now increasingly more in western Sydney. (Disclosure of Interests)

Rebecca Houghton

Rebecca is a UK-trained specialist sexual and reproductive health nurse. She has a Masters in Nursing Science and Postgraduate Qualifications in Family planning and Public health. She is currently the Nurse Unit Manager of Sydney Sexual Health Centre.

Virginia Furner

I have 30 years clinical experience in HIV care, treatment, and research and I currently provide care for extremely complex patients with longstanding HIV infection. I have special interests relating to the care of women with HIV and pregnancy, adolescent transition to adult care and the care of urban HIV infected  indigenous men and women.    In addition, I have extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and the clinical teaching of General Practitioners participating in ASHM training to be S100 prescribers of antiretroviral medications.  For many years I also have worked collaboratively with the affected community, being involved in numerous activities for people living with HIV, working with NAPWHA, PozHet and ACON throughout NSW and across Australia, over many years. I was a member of the previously constituted Ministerial Advisory Committee for NSW Health and I am currently on the Ministerial Committee for the implementation of the HIV strategic plan for NSW, focussing on Treatment as Prevention.  

Scott McGill

Scott is a senior public health and development professional with extensive advanced, international experience in HIV prevention, treatment, care and support with a particular focus on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and key populations programming. He has had extensive experience working in the Asia and Pacific regions supporting the development of national strategic and operational planning and capacity building initiatives across a range of stakeholders, epidemic and resource contexts. He has co-authored a number of publications in international peer reviewed journals and has significant experience in using research findings in guiding advocacy and policy initiatives.

Tamara Ryan

I am a general practitioner and community s100 presciber who works across three health services in Townsville. These include Townsville Aboriginal/. and Islander Health Service, Townsville Sexual Health Services and a private practice Stanton Medical Centre. While I am relatively new to this area having obtained my s100 prescribing rights in 2012, I am very interested in the long term management of people living with HIV. Working in Indigenous Health has highlighted to me the great disparity those affected with STIs living in Australia. I have great interest in sexually transmitted disease prevention and further research in this area.

Emily Wheeler

Emily Wheeler is the Manager of the ASHM Nursing Program, coordinating ASHM’s support for nurses working in HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs. Emily is dedicated to expanding the roles of nurses caring for people with, or affected by, HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs, to maximise the capacity for the health system to provide holistic care and optimise patient outcomes. Emily is also employed as a Hepatitis B Clinical Nurse Consultant within the Integrated Hepatitis B Service through Melbourne Health. The role involves the exploration and implementation of innovative models of hepatitis B clinical service delivery, in collaboration with primary care and tertiary services.

Emma Clements

Emma Clements is a registered nurse and is currently the Nurse Unit Manager at Clinic 275 in Adelaide. Emma has previously worked in rural and remote sexual health, hepatitis B surveillance and outbreak control has a strong interest in partner notification and the implementation of electronic health systems in clinical services.

Richard Moore

Richard Moore is a GP who has worked in the HIV field for many years. He is also on the staff at Alfred Hospital and Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

Dr Brad McKay

Dr Brad McKay is a GP, TV Presenter, Radio Commentator & Author. He works at East Sydney Doctors and regularly presents medical news stories for The Today Show Extra on Channel 9. He hosts the TV show Embarrassing Bodies Down Under and writes for and Gay News Network.

Kaylene McKinnon

Dr Kay McKinnon has worked in the area of HIV medicine since 1987, and has seen the epidemic unfold first hand in Sydney, and in country NSW.

Kay has worked in HIV  medicine in Western Sydney at Nepean, Liverpool, and Parramatta Sexual Health centres, and also at Royal North shore hospital and Sydney Hospital.

Kay currently is involved in the care of people from all areas of HIV including MSM, HETEROSEXUALS, CALD, SEX WORKERS, and overseas visitors and country clients including ATSI. Her special interest is Colposcopy and High Resolution Anoscopy, and Compliance with ART, and medical follow-up.

Heather Worth

Associate Professor Heather Worth is based at the University of New South Wales and leads a team of HIV social research and research training in a number of countries in Asia and the Pacific. (Disclosure of Interest: Nothing to declare, 17 July 2012)

Stephen Adams

Dr Stephen Adams trained at Cambridge University and Guy’ Hospital, London, qualifying in 1982. He undertook general practice training, gaining diplomas in obstet-rics & gynaecology, family planning, and child health. He was elected MRCGP in 1987.

Stephen emigrated in 1994 and has medical practices in West Perth and Fremantle with integrated sexual health clinics, “Integrated Sexual Health.” He consults both as a general practitioner and as a sexual health specialist. Stephen is a tutor at University of Notre Dame, Fremantle and continues to be actively involved in teaching and facil-itating in the fields of sexual and mental health. He has lectured nationally and inter-nationally and is chapter author on Men’s Sexual Problems in the textbook “Sexual Medicine.”

Stephen is married with 3 daughters a step-daughter and step-son. He plays field hockey as goalkeeper for the State Masters and is an occasional choral singer and solo-ist.

Samantha Stewart

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Heidi Spillane

Heidi has worked for the past couple of years as a high HIV caseload s100 prescriber in Darlinghurst and also at the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern. She has worked on HIV projects in Uganda, China and Kenya with the humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontieres, and has worked in busy sexual health clinics in Sydney and London. She has completed a Masters in International Public Health at Sydney University and is also a trainee of the Royal Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine.

Chris Sherman

Dr Chris Sherman is a s100 GP based at the Centre Clinic and Armadale Family Clinic in Melbourne. He is undertaking a Masters in Public Health (Sexual Health stream) and is an advanced trainee in the college of Sexual Health physicians.

Chris graduated from Monash University in 2001 and got his FRAGCP in 2006.

Phillip Read

Phillip Read is a Sexual Health Physician at Sydney Sexual Health Centre, and a member of the Kirby Institute Sexual Health research program. (Disclosure of Interests)

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