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ASHHNA Carol Martin Scholarship

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 acknowledges and thanks ViiV Healthcare for their generosity in funding the 2017 scholarship.

When can I apply for a scholarship?

Scholarships open in April each year

How can I apply for a scholarship?

Click on link below and complete application

2017 Scholarship Application

Past successful scholarship applicants

See the ASHHNA newsletters for scholarship reports


Michael O’Reilly
Course: Conference attendance

Lisa Moser
Course: Workshop attendance

Angela Davidson
Course: Conference attendance


Belinda Hengel
Course: Conference attendance

Nassim Nankumbi
Course: Further education

Laura Cunningham
Course: Further education


Donna Tilley, Clinical Nurse Consultant Sexual and Women’s Health, Community Health, Sydney Local Health District, NSW
Course: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Bridging course

Denise Cummins, Clinical Nurse Consultant HIV-Disease, Community Health, Sydney Local Health District, NSW
Research: contributing to PhD in HIV associated cognitive impairment (HAND)

Cath Hakason, Educator, Sexwise Parenting
Course: Certificate IV Relationship education – group facilitation skills


David Lee, Nurse Practitioner, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Melbourne, Victoria
Conference: Invited speaker at Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Darwin

Kathryn Lynch, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern, NSW
Conference: Attendance at Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Darwin

Amanda (Jill) Townsend, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre, Sydney, NSW
Course: Sexual Health Principles and Practice subject as part of Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing


Rita Fahy, Clinical Services Mentor, Susu Mamas, Goroka PNG
Course: Reproductive Health in Developing Countries subject as part of Masters in Public Health

Melissa Power, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Parramatta Sexual Health Clinic, Western Sydney, NSW
Course: Sexual Health Principles and Practice subject as part of Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing

Donna Keeley, Clinical Nurse Consultant, B2 Clinic, IDD Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle, WA
Conference: Attendance at 13th International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) World Congress, Melbourne, 2012


Alison Kincaid, Clinical Nurse Consultant Sexual Health, Murumbidgee& Southern Local Health Districts, NSW
Conference: Present Poster at Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Canberra.

Louise Holland, Clinical Nurse Consultant Sexual Health, Bendigo Community Health Services, VIC.
Conference: Attend Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Canberra.

Kym Boyes, Nurse Practitioner Women’s Health, Queensland Health Cape York Conference: Attend Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Canberra.

Katie Barker, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Mt Isa Queensland
Course: Travel costs associated with Masters in Public Health, James Cook University Queensland


Christine Remington, Clinical Nurse, Carins Sexual Health Service Queensland Conference: Attend Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference, Melbourne

Margot Kingston, Clinical Nurse Manager, Family Planning Queensland Conference: Present Paper at New Zealand Family Planning Conference, Wellington Trudi McIntosh, Registered Nurse, Sydney Sexual Health Centre NSW
Course: Family Planning NSW Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health (Nursing)


Cathy Watson, PhD student with the Department of General Practice at University of Melbourne; and nurse at Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne VIC
Research: Use of Allumsativum (garlic) in prevention of recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis.


Brad Whitton, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre VIC
Conference: Attend Australasian Sexual Health Conference and network with colleagues to set up a Victorian ASHHNA sub branch.

Cath Hakason, Women’s Health Kalgoorlie WA
Research: Nursing models for female sexual dysfunction.

Career Advice

How do I get into sexual health nursing?

In many states and territories of Australia the entry point into sexual health nursing is a Family Planning Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health.

There are also courses and workshops available through the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) that give a good theory background.

Each state and territory is different, and sometimes a sexual health service might be looking for an RN with experience, and other times the service may be willing to train and support RNs with no prior experience.

Check out the online learning section on the website to do some short modules in sexual health, look for opportunities to do courses, join ASHHNA and attend ASHHNA sub branch meetings.

Call the Nursing Manager of the service near you and ask what experience or educational background they look for when recruiting.

You can also contact any of the ASHHNA Executive Committee members who would be happy to talk with you about your career plans.

ASHHNA Nurses Awards

These awards recognise the outstanding contribution to Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV that nurses make and is aimed at encouraging nurses to develop research and present that research to a wide audience.


ASHHNA Nurses Award for Best Poster Presntation

Each year at the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance Sexual Health Conference a nurses prize is awarded to a nurse for the best poster.


ASHHNA Kendra Sundquist Nurses Award for Best Oral Presentation

This award is named in honour of Dr Kendra Sundquist, a nurse who has considerable expertise in sexual and reproductive health, sexuality and psychosocial care in cancer. As an educationalist for the past 20 years she has trained thousands of doctors, nurses and allied health workers in Australia, New Zealand and in developing countries such as China, Vietnam and the South Pacific. She has played a key role in educating health professionals about the need to discuss sexuality with cancer patients and their partners, through professional training workshops and conference presentations. She has also been involved in the development of education and training packages for health professionals about cancer and sexuality.

The ASHHNA Kendra Sundquist Nurses Award has not been allocated for several years and is currently under review by the ASHHNA Executive Committee.

Adelaide 2016

Naomi Hoffman

Nine Years On: Increasing Access for MSM to Sexual Health Clinics in an Outer Metropolitan Area – A Clinical Perspective

Authors: Naomi Hoffman, Rachel Moss, Maya Carellas, Anik Ray, Sandhya Goundar, Christopher Carmody, Yoges Paramsothy.

Brisbane 2015

Poster Prize:
Donna Tilley

Outreach chlamydia testing: upskilling a multidisciplinary workforce.

Authors: Tilley DM, Dailey BR, Sharp NC, House D.

Sydney 2014

Presentation Prize:
Karen Biggs (NSW)
Deadly Liver Mob: An incentive-based, peer-referral project increasing sexual health screening in Aboriginal People in Western Sydney

Poster Prize:
Jennifer Walsh and Karen Biggs (NSW)
Why not the GP? Client preferences for obtaining Sexual Health Services in Western Sydney

Darwin 2013

Presentation Prize:

Poster Prize:
Judith Dean (QLD)
Intergenerational Differences in Sexual Health Knowledge among the Queensland Sudanese and South Sudanese Communities

Melbourne 2012

Presentation Prize:
Bronwyn Silver (NT)
Chlamydia trachmonatis, neisseria gonorrhoea and trichomonas vaginalis incidence in remote Australian Aboriginal communities: Findings from the STRIVE Trial.

Poster Prize:
Edwina Jachimowicz (NSW & SA)
STI syndromic management training game – educators resource for sexual health trainers in PNG.

Canberra 2011

Presentation Prize:
Linda Garton (NSW & WA)
‘Yes we can’ – a nurse driven asymptomatic screening program for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in a remote WA Emergency Department.

Poster Prize:
Sandra Downing (QLD)
Do SMS reminders & incentive payments increase chlamydia test of reinfection rates?

Sydney 2010

Poster Prize:
Edwina Jachimowicz (WA)
Chlamydia: Download to Diagnosis.

Brisbane 2009

Presentation Prize:
Cathy Watson (Vic)
Use of Allumsativum (garlic) in prevention of recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis.

Poster Prize:
Simon Doyle-Adams (QLD)
Treatment of Trichomonas vaginalis in North Queensland.

Perth 2008

Fiona Macfarlane (Vic)
Management of Women Diagnosed with Asymptomatic Chlamydia Infection – Are Pelvic Examinations Necessary?


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The Australasian Sexual Health Nurses Association formed in 1991 and in 2009 officially included HIV nursing to become the Australasian Sexual Health and HIV Nurses Association (ASHHNA). ASHNNA Inc. is governed a 14 member Executive Committee.  ASHHNA is guided by a Constitution endorsed by the NSW Department of Fair Trading.

ASHHNA is a member of the Coalition of Australian National Nursing and Midwifery Organisations (CoNNMO) and is a founding member of the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA)

When are the meetings held?

The ASHHNA executive meets monthly by teleconference.
Annual General Meetings are held in line with the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance Conference which usually occurs in October or November each year


Shannon Wooward

Shannon is a Nurse Practitioner at Canberra Sexual Health Centre and has been a member of the ASHHNA Executive Committee since 2010 where she previously held the positions of Secretary and Vice President. She has worked in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health for over 16 years. Shannon represents ASHNNA on the ASHM National HIV Standards, Training and Accreditation Committee.

Email: [email protected]


Garry Kuchel

After 16 years working in Intensive Care, Garry needed to move on. After completing an Arts degree as well as language courses in German and AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language), Garry arrived at a “where to from here?” moment when the offer of working as Clinic Nurse for the WA AIDS Council’s newly conceived M Clinic almost literally fell into his lap in 2010. A joint collaborative project with the WA Dept. of Health, the M Clinic – an HIV/STI & Hepatitis screening clinic specifically aimed at gay & other MSM (as well as pre-op MTF & FTM transgender) – has been an astounding success. Garry has become truly passionate about gay & other MSM sexual health, but also sexual health in general. “The satisfaction and reward working in this area vastly surpasses all those years in ICU”.

Email: [email protected]


Brad Whitton
Hepatitis C Clinical Nurse Consultant
The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne

Brad Whitton works at the the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He has extensive HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Nursing experience. Brad has been an active member of ASHHNA for many years and has been the organisations treasurer since 2009

[email protected]

Membership and Email List Coordinator

Kirsteen Fleming

Kirsteen Fleming works as State Nurse Coordinator at Family Planning NSW, with a background in reproductive & sexual health, and gynaecology. Kirsteen has been working with the ASHHNA exec since 2015.

Social Media and Association Representative Coordinator

Joanne Perks

Jo Perks has been involved with ASHHNA Inc since its inception and an executive member for many years. Jo has been the Coalition of National Nursing and Midwifery Organisation representative for many years. As a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Jo brings a voice for members working in sexual and reproductive health services other than public sexual health clinics.

Email: [email protected]

Assistant Treasurer

Andrew Buggie

Andrew is the Clinical Nurse Consultant – HIV & Sexual Health at Lismore Sexual Health Service. He relocated back to the beautiful Far North Coast of NSW in early 2016 after many years nursing in both NSW and Victoria. Since making the leap from critical care nursing in 2009, Andrew has substantial experience in HIV, sexual health, Hepatitis C and general infectious diseases. Andrew continues to undertake out of hours on-call work with the Victorian nPEP Service whilst also undertaking his fulltime CNC duties in NSW! Andrew is passionate about the role of nurses in the HIV and sexual health specialty

Email: [email protected]

ASHHNA Carol Martin Scholarship Coordinator

Suzanne Wallis

Suzanne is a Rural Sexual Health Nurse Practitioner and Forensic Nurse Examiner for adult victims of sexual assault. Suzanne has also held employment with the Victorian nPEP Service out of hours advice line since its inception. Suzanne’s background is in Infectious Diseases nursing, particularly HIV, since 1992 and broader sexual health for the last fourteen years.

Email: [email protected]

ASHA Sexual Health Conference Liaison Coordinator

Brad Whitton
Hepatitis C Clinical Nurse Consultant
The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne

Brad Whitton works at the the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He has extensive HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Nursing experience. Brad has been an active member of ASHHNA for many years and has been the organisations treasurer since 2009

[email protected]

Newsletter Coordinator

Vickie Knight

Vickie is a Clinical Nurse Consultant (Sexual Health and HIV) working at Sydney Sexual Health Centre. She has a degree in nursing and a Masters in Health Science Education from Sydney University and is currently a PhD candidate through the Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine at the University of NSW. Vickie has worked as a Registered Nurse for 25 years with stints working as a Policy Analyst for the Ministry of Health, Justice Health and for the former Far West Area Health Service based in Broken Hill. Vickie has an interest in service planning, clinical redesign and evaluation, and the use of technology in health care.

Promotions Coordinator

Sam Libertino

Public officer

Nicky Sharp

Nicky is the Nursing Unit Manager of RPA Sexual Health in Sydney. She has been an ASHHNA member since 1996 and was a member of the Executive from 2010 – 2015

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