AChSHM Committee Communiqué September and December 2017

Read the highlights of key issues discussed as part of the 03- and 04-2017 meeting, held on 14 September and 1 December 2017.


AChSHM Committee Membership Changes

As members would be aware, Dr Graham Neilsen retired as AChSHM President in mid-2017. The then President-elect A/Prof Catherine O’Connor stepped up into the role, leaving a vacancy for the President-elect position. The Committee have now successfully recruited Professor Christopher Fairley as the interim President-elect until the end of this College election cycle in May 2018. More recently, Dr Arun Menon also joined the AChSHM Committee to fill a casual vacancy.

2018 Annual Scientific Meeting and Trainees’ Day

The Committee has been continuing preparations for the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) Chancres, coffee and clinical updates, which will be held in Melbourne on Saturday 17 March, followed by the Annual Trainees’ Day on Sunday 18 March.

2018 Planning

The Committee confirmed its 2018 Work Plan, which includes continuing Policy and Advocacy efforts through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Sexual Health Working Party, and further work advancing and defining the Chapter’s relationship with the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) through the development of a Model of Collaboration Schedule.

Education and training

New Framework for Educational Leadership and Supervision

As members would be aware, the College is currently undertaking an ambitious Education Renewal Program which will be delivered over several years from 2018. One aspect of the program is the development of a new Framework for Educational Leadership and Supervision which will mandate completion of the Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) workshops for all College supervisors from 2020. The AChSHM Committee is seeking to organise an SPDP workshop the day after the 2018 ASM in Melbourne for supervisors that are available to stay.

Policy and advocacy

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Sexual Health Working Party

Following Dr Nielsen’s resignation the Working Party appointed a new chair, Dr Nathan Ryder, who commenced in the position in August 2017. The Working Party have continued their policy and advocacy
efforts, including the development of an Advocacy Strategy and a set of Principles of good sexual health care relating to the high incidence of sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.

Evolve Recommendations

The Chapter Committee have further refined their Evolve List of the top 5 low-value practices and interventions in Sexual Health Medicine. The Committee will finalise the list at their first meeting in 2018.

Consultations on the National Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and Blood-borne Viruses (BBV) strategies

The Chapter was invited by the Federal Department of Health to provide feedback on the development of the National STI and BBV strategies. Consultation meetings took place in capital cities and included discussions with regional and national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups.


Foundation Awards

Nominations have closed for the AChSHM Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Discipline of Sexual Health Medicine and the Penelope Lowe Trainee Prize. Both will be formally presented at the upcoming ASM in March.

The next meeting of the AChSHM Committee will take place on Thursday 22 February 2018 via teleconference.

Associate Professor Catherine O'Connor, Acting President
Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine
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