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.


Iain Spiers

Iain is a GP who has worked with Aboriginal Health Services in the Northern Territory since migrating from the UK in 2006. Working in aboriginal health provides many opportunities to try to help « close the gap ». One area in which there is much to be done is in chronic hepatitis B and its prevention. Iain has 2 dogs, Duke and Sadie.

Paul Esplin

I have been working in the HIV Outreach team for the last 4.5 years. Previously I had been working within the homeless sector in the inner city of Sydney and in hospitals for many years.

I am current studying a Masters of Public Health/International Health at the University of NSW (UNSW) which has opened my world up considerably. My Nursing and Career aspirations are to assist in bringing health and healing to marginalised and poor communities in need, social justice and equity and equality for all. 

Rohan Bopage

Rohan is a consultant physician with dual specialist qualifications in infectious diseases (FRACP) and sexual health medicine (FAChSHM) and works at The Albion Centre in Sydney. He is a conjoint lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at University of NSW.  His main clinical and research interests are: HIV, STIs & viral hepatitis care in marginalised populations; HIV/STIs and recreational drug use; bio-medical prevention of HIV

Christina Chang

Christina is an infectious diseases physician at The Alfred Hospital and an NHMRC postdoctoral research fellow at The Doherty Institute. She currently works on understanding the establishment of the HIV reservoir and strategies for its eradication. Christina conducted her PhD on cryptococcal meningitis, HIV and IRIS based in South Africa.

Edwina Wright

Edwina is an infectious diseases physician and clinical researcher at the Alfred Hospital and the Burnet Institute. She has been involved in the clinical care of HIV positive people since 1986. Edwina has a strong interest in HIV-associated neurological disorders and she currently chairs a large, international clinical trial designed to determine the impact of early antiretroviral treatment strategies upon HIV-associated neurocognitive performance. She is also chair of the Asia-Pacific NeuroAIDS Consortium (APNAC) and co-chair of the Australasian National NeuroAIDS Brain and Tissue Bank Project.

Dr Wright also has a strong commitment to the health of HIV positive people living in the Asia Pacific region and has worked with ASHM's International Division for several years. Dr Wright is also closely involved in the work of the Victorian HIV Non-occupational Postexposure Prophylaxis Service. She is the President of ASHM. (Disclosure of Interests)

Janette Quinn

I work in Addiction Medicine at the Ipswich Drug and Alcohol Clinic. I have worked in the area for 7 years, and have a large percentage of clients who have Hepatitis C and /or HIV. I previously worked in General Practice and Women’s Health.


Laura Cunningham

Laura is a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the Kirketon Road Centre, which is a Primary Health Care clinic in Kings Cross. The aim of the service is to prevent, minimise and treat HIV and other transmissible infections and hepatitis. Laura’s role involves health education and co-ordinating youth clinics in the Kings Cross area.

David Orth

Dr David is a General Practitioner working at the Gladstone Road Medical Centre in Highate Hill, Brisbane. He has been involved in the care of PLWHIV since 1989. He has been the Medical Director of GRMC for two periods:1989 to 2000 and 2004 till now. GRMC is a high caseload HIV practice, as well as a strong Sexual Health and hepatitis C management focus. A large proportion of the patients who attend are Gay men, Lesbian women, and transgender men and women. GRMC currently has two Registrars completing their GP terms and approximately 10 Medical students rotate through the practice each year.

Ban Kiem Tee

Dr BK Tee is an HIV section 100 GP with 15 years of clinical experience and 8 years of research participation as the Principal Investigator at The Centre Clinic, Victorian AIDS Council, where he is also the clinical director since 2009. 

David Baker

David is a high case load HIV prescriber. He works in general practice in Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia and is a Clinical Advisor on Primary Care to ASHM

Kenneth Ibe

Dr Kenneth Ibe is a General Practitioner working mainly in the aboriginal communities of Gilgandra and Gulargambone in NSW. He has special interests in viral hepatitis and HIV as it affects these communities and has been involved in the management of these infections and also narcotic abuse through the methadone program in these communities for about 10 years now. He is eager to continue his services to these communities in the years to come.

Gemma Hartmann

I’m a Sexual Health/HIV CNS at the Eurobodalla Sexual Health service on the south coast of NSW.  Previously I worked in a busy metropolitan sexual health clinic, however a keen interest in rural health propelled me to make the move. I’m enjoying the varied challenges involved in sexual health service provision in regional and rural communities.

Robert Burton

I studied medicine a St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London before going on to specialise in general practice. I undertook my GP training through University College London Hospitals. It was during this time that my interest in sexual health was sparked after working in a busy London sexual health clinic. After completing my GP specialty training, I moved to Sydney and began work as a registrar at Sydney Sexual Health Centre, Sydney Hospital. I spent two years at SSHC, during which time I completed the s100 HIV prescriber course. Following this I joined Taylor Square Private Clinic in May 2014 and I continue to work there now. I particularly enjoy the opportunity to work in this high case-load practice where I can combine my joint interests in sexual health/HIV medicine and general practice.

Dr Carole Khaw

Dr Carole Khaw is a Sexual Health Physician at Clinic 275, STD Services, Infectious Diseases Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital.


She is also Senior lecturer in Medical Education and MBBS Clinical Skills Year 1 and 2 Co-ordinator at the University of Adelaide.


Dr Khaw has been involved in and passionate about HIV medicine since 2009 and has a particular interest in HIV and ageing, co-morbidities and co-infections.


She has been involved in several projects with ASHM including being a speaker for the most recent s100 prescriber course in Adelaide and the ‘Sexual Health Update’ in Ceduna, S.A.











Levinia Crooks

Levinia is Chief Executive Officer of Australasian Society for HIV Medicine and Co-chair of the HIV Testing Policy Expert Reference Committee. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Public Health and Human Biosciences at La Trobe University

Olena Goodwin

Olena is a General Practitioner and S100 prescriber from St Kilda South Medical Clinic in Melbourne. She has been involved in the clinical care of Hepatitis B and C infected patients and their families. Olena has a strong belief in holistic health care and maintains her professional development in preventive medicine.

Garry Kuchel

Garry is a Registered Nurse of over 25 years experience. After working for 16 years in the “pinnacle” area of ICU, Garry took a break & wondered “where to from here” with his nursing career. Almost literally by chance, he was offered a couple of hours a week casual work conducting HIV/STI screening with the WA AIDS Council in their weekly SOPV (sauna) clinic for gay/MSM. Quite unexpectedly, Garry found his niche. In July 2010 the WA AIDS Council opened their new, & until then unprecedented & unique (in Australia), peer based & nurse-led HIV/STI screening service - the M Clinic - dedicated to gay & other MSM. Garry has developed a consuming passion for the sexual health of gay men & other MSM, including MTF & FTM transgender, as well as Sex Workers & IDU. Being a gay man, Garry also sees himself as somewhat uniquely well-placed to engage with gay & other MSM because he "gets them". Garry’s mantra: "I care, but I don’t care” i.e. he cares about his clients & their sexual health, but “I don’t care who you have sex with”. It’s all about potential risk, not judgement.  

Matthew Shields

Matt Shields is a sexual health physician and general practitioner working in a primary care setting at Taylor Square Private Clinic in Sydney. His special interests are HIV medicine and viral hepatitis, STIs and dermatology.

A/Prof Marilyn McMurchie

Adjunct Associate Professor (Discipline of General Practice) University of Sydney; MB BS  MHP  FAFPHM; OAM

Marilyn McMurchie is a general practitioner in central Sydney with a strong interest in HIV medicine and education, and Adjunct Associate Professor (Discipline of General Practice) University of Sydney.

From 1991 to 1993, Marilyn was President of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) and until 2013 was a member of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

In the 1990s, she received a World AIDS Day award and a Gavemer Foundation award and in 2006 was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services in HIV care and education.

Marilyn currently represents the NSW Faculty of the RACGP on the committee overseeing the implementation of the NSW Ministry of Health’s strategy to eliminate HIV infection.

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.

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