Before the end of a busy 2019, ASHM International supported the Asia Pacific HIV Practice Course (APHPC) from 25–29 November in Singapore, co-facilitated by ASHM Deputy CEO Scott McGill. This has been running for four years now, with ASHM collaborating with our colleagues in Singapore from its inception.
The APHPC course is an important opportunity for multidisciplinary healthcare workers (including nurses, pharmacists, social workers and non-infectious disease trained physicians) to update their skills with accredited training. Participants who work with people living with HIV came from across the Asia Pacific region to hear the latest epidemiological, clinical and psychosocial HIV updates. Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka were all represented at the course. Representing regional excellence, APHPC is jointly organised by the National University Hospital, Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, Singapore General Hospital, and Action for AIDS. APHPC was additionally supported by the Singapore Infectious Diseases Society, the Chapter of Infectious Disease Physicians Singapore, and ASHM.
Sessions throughout the course included:
• HIV in Asia Pacific
• Stigma and Discrimination
• Basics of HIV and ART
• HIV Prevention
• Sexual Health
• Local Health Initiatives for Key Affected Populations
• HIV and Mental Health
• Long Term HIV Management
• HIV and Substance Use
• Providing Psychosocial Support
• Models of and Barriers to Care
ASHM is running a number of regional events in 2020 including the 1st Regional Transgender Affirmative Health workshop and the 1st Regional PNG and Pacific Master Mentoring Course.