Melinda Hassall1 and Elizabeth Crock2
1Clinical Nurse Lead, Nursing Program, Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM); 2HIV Clinical Nurse Consultant and HIV Program Co-ordinator, Bolton Clarke Homeless Person’s Program, Melbourne. Vice President, ASHM.
The 2017 Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference and Australasian Sexual Health Conference provided an opportunity for healthcare professionals, community organisations and people with lived experiences from countries including Australia, Canada, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, UK and the US to share their knowledge and experiences in the fields of HIV, AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health.
The conferences also provided nurses the chance to showcase the innovative models of nurse-led care that have been developed to ensure timely and equitable access to management and treatment for people living with HIV (PLWH), particularly key affected populations. Nurses are experts at reaching people and are adept at recognising instances of unfair and inequitable distribution of resources. The role of the HIV nurse in Australia has changed significantly along with the trajectory of treatment and management of HIV, creating opportunity for innovative models of care. Read more…