Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the 01-2017 meeting, held on 2 March 2017.
The Chapter Committee discussed the College State and Territory Committees and agreed that further two-way communication was recommended where possible as only one state committee had an AChSHM representative. Enquiries would be made to determine if further appointments can be made.
Education and training
The Training Committee met for their face-to-face meeting on 17 March. 16 trainees are registered for the 2017 AChSHM Trainees' Day which is a great achievement for only the second year.
Policy and advocacy
Dr Natalie Edmiston has recently been appointed as the new Policy Lead for Sexual Health Medicine as A/Prof Catherine O’Connor no longer has capacity to fill this role.
The Chapter has been approached to develop two joint clinical guidelines on testosterone replacement therapy and erectile dysfunction management with the Endocrine Society of Australia and the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. This request was an outcome of the National Testosterone Leadership Symposium which Dr Neilsen attended in his capacity as President.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Sexual Health Working Party had a successful first meeting on 23 February with representatives from Public Health, Western Australia and the Northern Territory in attendance.
Members of the Working Party agreed they would need to quickly build momentum and would maintain a monthly meeting schedule. Members were keen to 'think outside the box' and branch out differently from the traditional responses that had been applied to of sexually transmitted infection outbreaks.
The Working Party will ensure it has clear goals and that advocacy is in line with SMART criteria; specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound.
Subsequent to the Chapter Committee meeting, the Working Party has also met in late March and early May and is continuing work on advocacy goals, engaging with external stakeholders and has held discussion around principles of good sexual health
A brief Australasian Sexual health Alliance (ASHA) report was provided. They were working on a position statement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.
The ASHA Executive had also been asked to endorse a position statement from the Family Planning Alliance Australia on relationship and sexuality education in schools.
Members discussed correspondence regarding Chapter support for the formation of a non-specialist sexual health interest group.
The Committee also reviewed a summary of the current status of funding for Chapter awards and prizes. New study grants would be introduced this year and be offered twice a year in two rounds; if there are no applicants or the grants are not awarded in the first round, they will automatically go to a second round later in the year.
The next meeting of the AChSHM Committee will take place on Friday 30 June 2017 via teleconference.
Dr Graham Neilsen, President
Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine