The VHSIG is a special interest group of ASID, that was officially launched at the 2011 ASID ASM in Lorne.
Membership of the VHSIG is open to anybody who is a full or associate member of ASID. ASID members can opt to be VHSIG members by updating their membership profile.
The current management committee is:
- Joe Torresi – Chair - Vic
- Josh Davis – Deputy Chair - NSW / NT
- Ben Cowie - Vic
- Joe Sasadeusz – Vic
- Kumar Visvanathan - Vic
- Sarah Huffam - Vic
- Greg Dore – NSW
- Gail Matthews- NSW
- Mark Douglas - NSW
- Andrew Lloyd - NSW
- Tony Allworth – QLD
- Krispin Hajkowicz - QLD
- Kerry Read – NZ
- Arlo Upton - NZ
- David Shaw – SA
- Tom Snelling - WA
- Vanessa Towell (representing ASHM)
The main aims of the VHSIG are:
- Training. To help encourage ID trainees to work in area of VH (clinical and research); to ensure there is appropriate viral hepatitis content in training curricula.
- Meetings/workshops. To run a regular VHSIG symposium at ASID ASM (frequency to be determined), as well as other workshops and courses
- Communication. To create and maintain an email discussion group, OzHep (see below)
- To collaborate and co-operate with the Australian Liver Association, ASHM and other stakeholders.
OzHep is an email discussion group, similar to OzBug, but about viral hepatitis. OzHep is a joint initiative of the ASID VHSIG and also the ALA (Australian Liver Association). Membership is open to health care workers involved in clinical, research or laboratory aspects of viral hepatitis management. To join OzHep, simply send an email to:
To contact VHSIG please click here.