The Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA) is a committee formed under s51 of the constitution of ASHM to facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations to support the Australasian sexual health workforce.
The committee of ASHA provides the guidance upon which ASHM acts in relation to policy, educational and resource-based support for the sexual health workforce.
ASHA works to improve national and local responses to sexual health issues, via a multidisciplinary support network. ASHA aims to strengthen bonds between specialists, GPs, nurses, researchers and other key contributors to the sexual health sector, through collaboration in sexual health education, training, policy-making and research.
ASHM was approached by a group of its members looking for support to increase the policy voice of those working in the sexual health area.
In 2009, the ASHM Board made a conscious decision to extend its engagement and support to the viral hepatitis and sexual health workforce. This is reflected in ASHM’s tagline: Supporting the HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health sector.
In response, ASHM established ASHA, a committee comprising of Organisational Sustaining Members working in sexual health.
ASHA takes a broader view of sexual health, rather than just STIs.
As such, the professional groups involved include sexual health and infectious diseases physicians, GPs, family planning, reproductive health specialists, sexuality educators and therapists and others with an interest in sexual health.
ASHM provides much of ASHA’s infrastructure including the provision of secretariat, technical support, annual conference facilitation, and funding support.