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.


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.

Lisa Harrison

Worked professionally as a Registered Nurse in Reproductive and Sexual Health for 20 yrs. Worked for 7 yrs in Sexual Health, HIV, BBV's, including establishing Liver Clinic Services for the treatment of Hep C & B. Worked as a Forensic Nurse Examiner since 2009. Current working as the Senior Nursing Officer/ NP Student Candidate at True Relationships and Reproductive Health Rockhampton. Due to complete NP study end of 2017.

Brett Hadlow

Brett is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in HIV and Research with Clinic 16 at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. He has been working in HIV and Sexual Health for 5 years and is Site Clinical Research coordinator for the current NSW PrEP trial and previous PEP and PrEP trials. He is currently undertaking post graduate studies in Nursing with the goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

Gary Prott

I’m originally from Scotland. I’ve worked extensively in community HIV /AIDS care in New York City from 1992  - 1997. My current role is as CNS at RPA Sexual Health. I was previously at the Albion Centre, also specialising in sexual health and HIV management.



Kate Salisbury

Kate is Nursing Unit Manager at the Kirketon Road Centre in Kings Cross, Sydney and has been working in the sexual health and HIV prevention and treatment field for 13 years. Kate has a particular interest in working with marginalised populations.  As well as being a registered nurse for nearly 20 years, she also has a Master of Public Health and a Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Vanessa Towell

Vanessa Towell is a Program Manager for the National Policy and Education Division at ASHM. Vanessa manages training, resources and policy projects with a focus on viral hepatitis.

Rebecca Bosworth

Rebecca Bosworth is a PhD candidate at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW. Rebecca's doctoral thesis focuses on harm reduction in prisons globally. She also works as a Registered nurse for Justice Health. Her research interests include prisoner health, harm reduction and HIV/hepatitis prevention among drug injecting prisoners.

Mark Rowe

I am an RN with 20 years of experience. I have been practicing within the sphere of Sexual Health & HIV for around 9 years. Based in Alice Springs in Central Australia, I initially worked out bush in remote Aboriginal communitues and then for the last 7 years I have been based at an urban clinic. I completed my Masters degree in STI’s, HIV & Sexual Health through the University of Sydney in 2014.

Robert Page

Rob Page is a GP at the Kirketon Road Centre in Kings Cross, Sydney. His interests include harm minimisation, HIV medicine, addiction medicine and Aboriginal health. He is currently studying a Master of Public Health at Sydney University.

Mary Florance

Mary is a Clinical Nurse Specialist focusing on HIV, Sexual Health and Viral Hepatitis at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. She is particularly interested in the sexual health and rights of the sex worker community as well as evolving client engagement strategies to optimise patient care and education.

Susan Mason

Sue Mason has been a  registered nurse since 1989 working in the fields of gastroenterology surgery and gastroenterology and hepatology. Currently employed at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney as a clinical nurse consultant in hepatitis C treatment and care. I have been on the board of the Australasian Hepatology association since 2008 and i am currently the president. I have been a clinical advisor for ASHM since 2009 working on the development and delivery of hepatitis C education modules.
Can speak to hepatology nursing, HCV treatment and care, AHA matters including the consensus based nursing guidelines for the nursing care of patients with Hepatitis B, hepatitis C, advanced liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Margaret Traill

Regional Sexual Health Nurse in Albury NSW. All rounder - sexual health, HIV care, NSP, health promotion/education, advocate and confidant

Clancy Barrett

I am a passionate sexual health nurse who enjoys engaging with clients and colleagues from a broad range of backgrounds. I love working in rural areas and with disadvantaged clients, specifically those from ATSI and LGBTQI backgrounds. I relish the chance to continue learning and expanding my professional networks.

Meredith Williams

Meredith Williams is a general practitioner/ s100 prescriber working at East Sydney Doctors and the Kirketon Road Centre in Darlinghurst, Sydney.  She has particular interests in preventative health and working with marginalised populations.

Vaughn Eaton

Vaughn Eaton is the Director, SA Pharmacy for the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) which incorporates Flinders Medical Centre, Noarlunga Hospital and the Repatriation General Hospital.  Vaughn, a lecturer at Flinders University and University of SA, has had a long interest in Infectious Disease and HIV medicine while contributing in this area to professional publications and journals.

Crystal Connelly

Crystal is a registered nurse with extensive experience in the management and treatment of patients with viral hepatitis. Since joining DCS she has enjoyed the scope of her role in managing Communicable Diseases, including viral hepatitis within the correctional setting.  In 2009 Crystal was elected to the Board of the Australasian Hepatology Association where she has promoted care and access to treatment of prisoners with hepatitis B & C. After completing her under graduate in nursing Crystal went on to complete further qualifications in Health Management and is currently studying Infectious Diseases at UWA.

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.

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