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Announcing the winners of the Carol Martin Professional Development Scholarship for Sexual & Reproductive Health and HIV Nurses Sponsored by ViiV Healthcare

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Announcing the winners of the Carol Martin Professional Development Scholarship for Sexual & Reproductive Health and HIV Nurses Sponsored by ViiV Healthcare
ASHHNA is delighted to congratulate the recipients of our 2019 scholarships.  The scholarship supports nurses to participate in professional development, enhancing the skills and knowledge of the sexual, reproductive and HIV nursing workforce.

This year the Executive Committee were able to distribute funding to a larger number of applicants, due to the generous increased amount of funding provided by ViiV Healthcare, and we are grateful for their continued support of nurses’ professional development.

Judging of the applications was done by a panel of five ASHHNA members across NSW, Queensland and Western Australia, and all applications were de-identified prior to assessment.

The recipients of the 2019 awards were:

Louise Holland, Nurse Practitioner Candidate/Clinical Nurse Consultant, Women’s and Sexual and Reproductive Health, Bendigo Community Health Services.

Louise was awarded $1500 towards attending the Australasian Sexual Health and HIV & AIDS Conference in Perth.

Louise hopes that attendance at the conferences will help her learn how other rural and regional health professionals and agencies design, fund and deliver health care, so that she is more informed of how her own service delivery can be improved.  She also plans to present her project “Is it in yet? Increasing access for rural and regional women to etonogestrel implants in a regional community health service”.

Rachael Dunn, Clinical Nurse Specialist Immunology, Perth Children’s Hospital

Rachael was awarded $1100 towards attending the Australasian Sexual Health and HIV & AIDS Conferences in Perth.

Rachael works within a multidisciplinary specialist team providing a state-wide service to children and teenagers living with HIV, and infants perinatally exposed to HIV.  She is hoping to learn more about programs and models of care for paediatric HIV and families, and management of HIV in pregnancy and perinatally exposed infants that could be applied to her cohort and improve service delivery.

Sheranne Dobinson, Registered Nurse, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

Sheranne was awarded $1100 towards attending the Australasian Sexual health and HIV & AIDS Conferences in Perth.

Sheranne hopes this conference will be about applying learning and accumulating experience and building on over 30 years’ experience in HIV, sexual and reproductive health.  She will be seeking new research and ways to implement innovations in nursing.  She has also contributed to a project which has been submitted for presentation “Victorian clinical network to maximise retention in HIV care”.

Lisa Harrison, Nurse Practitioner/ Statewide Nursing Officer – Clinical Governance, Family Planning Queensland – True Relationships and Reproductive Health

Lisa was awarded $1100 towards attending the Australasian Sexual Health and HIV & AIDS Conferences in Perth.

Lisa is looking forward to the ability to sit alongside clinicians of a high caliber and absorb their experiences, observe their work and understand their research.  She sees this as an incredible opportunity to grow further in her clinical knowledge and to implement evidence-based learnings into her clinical practice and to disseminate those learnings amongst the clinicians both within her organization and further afield.

Sandra Gregson, Clinical Coordinator Men’s and Women’s Health (Sexual Health), Thursday Island Primary Health

Sandra was awarded $1100 towards attending the Australasian Sexual Health and HIV & AIDS Conferences in Perth.

She hopes the conferences will facilitate an update of her clinical knowledge as well as help her find new ideas to approach all aspects of her work.  In particular, she will be focusing on ideas for working within isolated Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities and to find new resources and networks.  Sandra has also submitted an abstract of a project which she hopes to present at the conference “Torres Model of Sexual Health Service Provision”.

You can look forward to reading the conference reports from all our scholarship recipients in the next ASHHNA Newsletter.

IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress 2018

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IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress, 1 – 3 November 2018, Pullman Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand. A joint meeting between the International Union for Sexually Transmitted Infections –Asia Pacific, the NZ Sexual Health Society and the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance. This is an opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary networking event at a time when countries are finding it challenging to maintain sustainable sexual health service delivery.

Congress Theme: He muka nō te taura whiri’, ‘Many Strands Make up one Rope’

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