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.

Bloggers

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 news.com.au 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)

Mark Ryan

I work as a General practitioner and Community S100 prescriber in two practices, a private GP clinic in west Hobart and the southern Tas Refugee Health center. I have recently begun to specialize in the long term management of HIV care and work in close collaboration with our Sexual Health Clinic in Hobart.

Dr Elizabeth Crock

I have worked in HIV nursing for over 20 years, initially at the Fairfield Infectious Disease Hospital in Melbourne, where I undertook post graduate studies in Infectious Diseases Nursing, and later in the community.   I have worked as Clinical Nurse Consultant in HIV at the Royal District Nursing Service in Melbourne, Victoria for 15 years and am now the HIV Team Coordinator within the Homeless Person’s Program at RDNS.  I have a long term interest in ethics, human rights and public health, especially in relation to HIV and nurses’ roles.

Mekala Srirajalingam

Mekala Srirajalingam is a consultant physician with dual specialist qualifications in Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) and Public health medicine (FAFPHM) and works at The Ipswich Sexual Health Service and Metro North Public Health Unit [part-time relieving].  Mekala also and holds the academic title of Senior Lecturer with The University of QLD

Steven Wade

Steven Wade is a general practitioner at O'Brien Street Practice and ProHealth at Kensington in Adelaide, South Australia.


He has a special interest in HIV medicine and Sexual Health.

Edward Reis

Edward Reis is the International Division Manager and Deputy CEO at ASHM. (Disclosure of Interests)

Catherine Orr

Catherine completed medicine at Monash University graduating with honours in 1997. She completed an intern year in Alice Springs Hospital and entered GP training in 2000. She has worked in rural and remote Australia, completing a Masters in Public Health at Sydney University and further degrees in rural medicine.


She became Medical Director of Gateway Health Wodonga in 2015 and has overseen the development of the Multicultural Clinic which sees all the newly arrived refugees to the region and the development of the first locally based HIV clinic at Gateway Health. She is also the doctor for Clinic 35 Gateway Health which is a sexual health clinic for young people and oversaw the development of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy program within Clinic 35 in 2014. Since then the clinic has performed more than 200 medical terminations and is seen as one of the leading innovators in the provision of medical termination of pregnancy in a rural GP setting.

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