Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine
The Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) is a Chapter of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Adult Internal Medicine Division that connects and represents Sexual Health Medicine Fellows and trainees in Australia and New Zealand.
We define standards of knowledge, practice and behaviour for medical practitioners aiming to specialise in Sexual Health Medicine. We provide training and continuing professional development, and promote excellence in skills, expertise and ethical standards.
The Chapter acts as an authoritative body for consultation in sexual health medicine. We advocate on behalf of our members and are committed to promoting the study of sexual health medicine with a clinical, public health and research approach to treatment.
We foster collaboration with health professionals and organisations through membership of the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance. The Sexual Health Alliance is our specialty society whose member organisations promote education and training in sexual health medicine and work to ensure the sexual health needs of the community are brought to the attention of government and professional bodies.
About Sexual Health Medicine
Sexual Health Medicine is the specialised area of practice concerned with healthy sexual relations. Sexual Health Medicine Physicians work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team to improve the sexual health outcomes of the individual and the community by identifying and minimising sexual health issues through education, behaviour change, advocacy, screening, clinical service provision, surveillance and research.
Training in sexual health medicine
Sexual Health Medicine Advanced Training is three years in duration.
Find out more about the Advanced Training program in Sexual Health Medicine.
Latest news on Sexual Health Medicine
Read the latest news and communiques from the Chapter.
You can get involved in the Chapter and connect with other AChSHM Fellows and trainees in a number of ways:
The President of AChSHM is Dr Graham Neilsen. Graham has been working in sexual health broadly as well as HIV medicine for over 25 years, in both clinical and public health roles. He has worked in many different settings in Australia, as well as more than 20 countries in Asia, Africa and elsewhere.
Graham has made contributions to the College and Chapter as a member of the Chapter Committee and representing the Chapter on the Queenslad State Committee of the RACP. Graham is a Senior Lecturer at both the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland. He is also President of the Sexual Health Society of Queensland and President of the Queensland Branch of the Society of Australian Sexologists.
He has a strong interest in strengthening services for marginalised populations and is actively involved in improving services for transgender people in Queensland. He is currently working in Brisbane as the Sexual Health Physician at Stonewall Medical Centre and as a Senior Staff Specialist for the Sexual Health and HIV Service of Metro North Hospital and Health Service.
Find out more about AChSHM governance and committees.
Find a Sexual Health Medicine Specialist
View the list of AChSHM Fellows who have agreed for their names to be placed on the website.