Latest News

We are always interested in articles for the newsletter

If you have any information, stories, research or news you want to share contact Donna Tilley or Garry Kuchel – the Newsletter Editors.

All posts by Donna Tilley

2017 ASHHNA Scholarship Now Open

By | Governance | No Comments

The scholarship is named in honour of our friend, colleague and former ASHHNA Vice-President, Carol Martin who passed away in February 2011. Carol was a passionate and skilled clinical nurse and educator who was involved in the education and training of many HIV and sexual and reproductive health nurses and doctors. Carol’s legacy will continue through the inspiration and influence she had on all those who worked with her and knew her.

ASHHNA would like to acknowledge and thank ViiV Healthcare for providing scholarship funding for 2017.

2017 Scholarship Application

ASHHNA Annual General Meeting and Breakfast

By | Governance | No Comments



The Australasian Sexual Health Conference for 2016 is fast approaching!

For brief overview of the conference, including costs  – 2016_ashm_sexualhealth_regobrochure_final1

To register visit –


ASHHNA invites all nurses to the AGM and breakfast, featuring guest speaker, Rosalie Altus, Clinical Nurse Consultant and Viral Hepatitis Liaison Nurse, Flinders Medical Centre

For more information – agmandnursesbreakfast2016

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 6.31.48 PM

Women’s Health Week: Talking about Fertility in Sexual Health and Reproductive Health

By | Governance | No Comments

Do you feel confident in your skills and knowledge on fertility? We know that the fields of sexual health, reproductive health and fertility contain a vast body of different knowledge bases.

Your Fertility is the collaboration of  Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA)Andrology AustraliaJean Hailes for Women’s Health and The Robinson Research Institute.

This coalition of sexual health and reproductive health services focused on five key factors that affect getting pregnant and having a healthy baby: age, smoking, weight, alcohol and, timing of sex and has published updated fact sheets on fertility available for general public.

On their website you will also find links to a series of Jean Hailes accredited continuing professional development modules on fertility, menopause and PCOS

Your Fertility website has some great interviews with experts in the area of sexual and reproductive health and tips on ways to start the conversation on difficult health issues in fertility such as obesity and smoking.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 5.51.27 PM

Positive Caring Handbook

By | Governance | No Comments

In 2013, Living Positive Victoria received a grant from the then-Department of Health and Aging under its Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants Fund.

The Positive Caring Handbook is a resource developed as a joint project of Living Positive Victoria and the Royal District Nursing Service Limited (RDNS).

The handbook aims to answer common questions frequently asked by people caring PLHIV, and to provide clear and practical information.

Access the handbook here Positive+Caring+Handbook+-+March+2016


In the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games let’s take a look at Zika virus…

By | Blog | No Comments

What is Zika and what are the symptoms?

Zika is caused by a flavivirus closely related to dengue and chikungunya. Only 1 in 5 people will exhibit symptoms. Zika infection can cause symptoms like fever, rash, severe headache, joint pain, muscle or bone pain. Illness from Zika is usually not severe and does not require hospitalisation. There is now strong scientific consensus that Zika infection is the cause of the majority of cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome.

How is Zika transmitted?

Transmission can occur via bite from an Aedes mosquito, a blood to blood transfer or sexual contact from an infected male via his semen. Transmission via Aedes mosquito is the most common form of transmission. The Australian Health Department has a regularly updated  list of countries  in which Zika has been confirmed.

Types of Zika transmission

The virus has been known about for some years and the risk of transmission is considered low. There have been hundreds of recorded cases of sexual transmission from male to female and 1 case of male to male in the current epidemic in Central and South America. Sexual transmission of the virus can occur through oral, vaginal or anal sex. It is not known if sexual transmission of Zika can occur from female to male and there has been no evidence of this occurring to date. There have been a number of cases of Zika virus transmission in Brazil and French Polynesia via blood transfusions.

Microcephaly and Zika

The recent epidemics in Central and South America have seen a dramatic increase the number of recorded cases of microcephaly. In the period 2001 and 2014 Brazil had on average, about 163 cases of microcephaly a year (this includes non-Zika related microcephaly). For the year 2016 Brazil has advised that the number of Zika-related microcephaly  cases is stable at 4908. For key facts about Zika virus and pregnancy click here. There is no evidence of Zika virus transmission via breast milk.

What are the Australian recommendations for pregnant women?

The Australian Health Department describes Zika as an evolving situation. Info for clinicians and public health providers can be found here. A useful tool is the interim table for the clinical assessment and screening of asymptomatic pregnant women can be found here.

Sexual contact with a confirmed Zika-positive person or person who has traveled to Zika area

Current CDC guidelines advise abstinence or use of condoms for oral, anal, vaginal sexual contact for up to 6 months after a confirmed symptomatic or asymptomatic infection and abstinence or condoms for 8 weeks post a partner returning an area where there was Zika.