The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) is an independent organisation, founded in Melbourne in 1976 by an eminent group of
physicians, pathologists and scientists. The aim of the society is to advance postgraduate education in infectious diseases in Australasia
and internationally; to promote research in all aspects of infectious diseases and to advocate for sound and evidence-based public health
policy in matters related to infectious diseases. Membership encompasses Infectious Diseases Physicians, Clinical Microbiologists,
Scientists, Infection Control Practitioners, Public Health Physicians, Sexual Health Physicians, Veterinarians and others eminent in the
field of infectious diseases. ASID has constituted several Special Interest Groups which bring together members with interests in
Paediatric infections, Hospital Infection Control, Mycology and Viral Hepatitis. It has also recently established a clinical trials network
and a guidelines subcommittee.