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ASHM announce resignation of CEO A/Prof Levinia Crooks, AM

1 September 2017   Adjunct Associate Professor Levinia Crooks, AM has resigned due to health reasons, as Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM). A/Prof Crooks has worked tirelessly for the organisation for eighteen years and her outstanding professional and personal contribution to the HIV and broader BBV and sexual health responses in Australia have been invaluable. ASHM President, Professor Mark Boyd, expressed his sincere thanks. “Levinia has been one of Australia’s leading HIV advocates. Her work at local, national and international levels has been extraordinary. She has used the experience from the HIV sector to push for dramatic changesRead More →

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Internship Report

Ashfaq Chauhan spent an internship at ASHM in 2016. As part of this placement Ashfaq supported the Regional Network and its 1st Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand. Read Ashfaq’s report about the Assembly, its preparation and the professional learning experience of the intern position…Read More →

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Book sales support HIV children in India

Mr Yang Kaymond, Miss Nadia Sim and Miss Elampirai Elangovan are three medical students, now in their final year at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. In 2012 they made the first of three visits as part of Project Naadi, an overseas community project that included a stay at Shelter Home, an orphanage for children with HIV in Chennai, India. Project Naadi is entirely led by student volunteers. Solomon Raj, the founder, who juggles three jobs to support these children, started the Shelter Home project five years ago. Uma Kumar, the main caretaker, joined Mr. Raj shortly afterRead More →

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Journal of the International AIDS Society – International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 

Dear Reader, The evidence is growing: harm-reduction rather than punitive measures to address drug use hold both health and economic benefits. Increasingly, research has emerged from the South-East Asian region, revealing the cost-efficacy and return of investment of harm reduction initiatives while also showing the limitations of compulsory drug detention centres (CDDCs)—which are widespread across the region. These findings have been confirmed further by initiatives piloted in Malaysia and the Philippines. However, in spite of this growing awareness, new policies are emerging threatening to reverse the gains obtained so far. The continued detention of people who use drugs in CDDCs prevent them from accessing the opioid substitution therapies and/or HIV services they require whileRead More →

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