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.


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.

Kym Collins

Kym works at Gosford, Albury and Wagga Wagga as a Sexual Health Physician.  She is interested in HIV and Sexual Health care in the regional setting.  She is looking forward to attending her first international conference as a blogger.

Karen Quinn

I graduated from Aberdeen University in 1989 and after getting my MRCGP (UK), I moved to Australia. I have been working in HIV, Blood Borne Viruses and Hepatitis B&C treatment in Central Queensland as a GP prescriber since 1998.

Melissa Kelly

Mel Kelly is an advanced trainee in Infectious Diseases based in Sydney. She has a particular interest in HIV management and infections in immunocompromised patients. Mel is currently finishing a Master's degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine while on maternity leave with her little boy.

Nikki Woolley

Nikki Woolley is  the Viral Hepatitis Program Manager at ASHM. With a background in health promotion and education management, Nikki now oversees ASHM’s hepatitis C and hepatitis B workforce and policy development and the Testing Portal – the home of the Australian HIV, HCV and HBV Testing Policies. Nikki is part of this Conference’s Organising Committee and is also on the LORA Project Steering Committee (Janssen)

Harris Cabatingan

I am currently employed with QLD health as a Clinical Nurse in a rural and remote setting at the Lotus Glen Correctional Centre (LGCC) for 3 years. I manage the Hepatitis C and B portfolio and in coordination with the sexual health team in Cairns, I also attend to the HIV positive clients, monitoring results of those in treatment.
With the current directive of making available the Hep C drugs in the PBS, the combined efforts of the sexual health team, and the coordinated work of the nurses with myself leading the portfolio, LGCC is now the first in Australia to achieve a Hep C free prison status.

Mark O'Reilly

Dr Mark O'Reilly is an s100 HIV/HCV Specialist GP working at Prahran Market Clinic in Melbourne. He is also a Sexual Health Advanced Trainee at the Action Centre (Family Planning Victoria). Interests include HIV prevention, HIV/HCV co-infection and managing issues relating to drug use in the context of sex.

Eugene Priscott

Dr Eugene Priscott is a Senior Registrar in Sexual Health Medicine based at Cairns Sexual Health Service, Queensland. He is also a HIV S100 prescribing General Practitioner.

Eugene completed his medical degree at the University of the Free State, South Africa. He continued his medical career there for a few years before immigrating to Australia.

His clinical interests include HIV prevention and management, viral hepatitis, sexual health medicine, transgender medicine and general chronic disease prevention and management.

Vincent Cornelisse

Vincent is a sexual health registrar and GP at Prahran Market Clinic in Melbourne, where he provides comprehensive healthcare for members of the Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans*/Intersex community. His interests include HIV, viral hepatitis, sexual health, transgender medicine, and the provision of PrEP and NPEP. In his spare time Vincent keeps himself busy with his PhD at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre.

Elisabeth Wilkinson

Elisabeth is a Project Officer for the ASHM HIV & STI Testing Program, having worked for ASHM for over two years. Elisabeth has a background in health sciences (BHSc) and economics (MEcon), and has worked in research and advocacy for not-for-profits both in Australia and abroad.

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)

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