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This course is a pre-requisite for the ASHM HIV s100 Prescriber Course.

Prospective HIV s100 prescribers: These modules are part 1 of the HIV s100 Prescriber course. All modules must be completed prior to attending the part 2 2-days Face-to-Face Workshop.

Note: Pass Code is required to enable access. Please see more details in the pre-course reminder sent by ASHM or contact ASHM directly.

Contact: Please email HIVprescriber@ashm.org.au if you require assistance or have a clinical question you would like to raise with a medical educator.

Target Audience: General Practitioners

CPD: Completion of the HIV Prescriber Course (including Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 Post course quizzes) - Allocated 40 Category 1 Points in the RACGP QI&CPD program.

Please note that this HIV and Ageing Online Learning Module is part of The RTO HIV and Ageing Course. It can only be viewed and accessed by students at an RTO as part of their course.

If you need any further information, please contact ASHM Senior Project Officer Karen Seager at Karen.Seager@ashm.org.au.

HIV GP Management Plan Audit and Shared Care Training

In Australia, 50% of new HIV diagnoses are made in general practice and people living with HIV have an almost normal life expectancy with treatment. With the development of an HIV GP Management Plan (GPMP) HIV can now be managed as a chronic condition in general practice. The aim of this audit and shared care training is to address some of the major issues in the management of HIV as a long-term condition and improve communication between general practitioners, HIV specialists and patients.

Completion of the HIV GPMP Audit and Shared Care Training attracts  

  • 40 RACGP audit points
  • 6 ASHM HIV points

Objectives

On completion of the HIV GPMP Audit and Shared Care Training GPs will be able to:

  • Define HIV shared care in the context of general practice
  • Confidently manage HIV and associated co-morbidities from a chronic disease perspective
  • Develop a comprehensive HIV GPMP based on national guidelines
  • Increase effectiveness of shared HIV care with specialist colleagues

HIV Point of Care tests (PoCT) refer to rapid screening tests done outside of the traditional laboratory setting. They are also referred to as 'rapid tests'. PoCT is available at sites across Australia. 

ASHM maintains a national curriculum on PoCT which can be used by health professionals and community agency staff to educate test operators on practical issues around:

  • Test operation
  • Particulars on how to deliver a result
  • Details about the necessary elements of operating a PoCT site effectively

This curriculum was funded through a grant from NSW Health, and run by ASHM with collaboration with St Vincent’s AMR.

These online learning modules are Part 1 of the HIV Point-of-Care Training. ​Part 2 is the face to face half-day workshop.

Target Audience: Clinicians and Peer Support Officers.

Evaluation: To be completed after face to face workshop.

Contact: Please email May Wang at May.Wang@ashm.org.au for any enquires.

Last Updated: Oct 2018.

This course is a post-course component for the ASHM HIV s100 Prescriber Course.

Prospective HIV s100 prescribers: These modules are part 3 of the HIV s100 Prescriber course. All modules must be completed after attending the part 2 2-days Face-to-Face Workshop.

Note: Pass Code is required to enable access. Please see more details in the post-course reminder sent by ASHM or contact ASHM directly.

Contact: Please email HIVprescriber@ashm.org.au if you require assistance or have a clinical question you would like to raise with a medical educator.

Target Audience: General Practitioners

CPD: Completion of the HIV Prescriber Course (including both Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) - Allocated 40 Category 1 Points in the RACGP QI&CPD program.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention is now available to prescribe in Australia under the PBS. All general practitioners and nurse practitioners can prescribe PrEP for eligible patients. 

Target audience: General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners and Practice Nurses

Learning objectives: 

  • Explain the effectiveness and safety considerations of PrEP
  • Provide patient education on the effectiveness and appropriate use of PrEP
  • Identify prescribing pathways of PrEP within New Zealand

Last updated 2018

CPD Accreditation: No

Evidence informing clinical guidance for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is rapidly evolving. This online learning module provides guidance for general practitioners to better understand and safely prescribe PrEP.

Target audience:  General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners and Practice Nurses

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the effectiveness and safety considerations of PrEP
  • Provide patient education on the effectiveness and appropriate use of PrEP
  • Identify prescribing pathways of PrEP within your local jurisdiction

CPD Accreditation: HIV Prescribers who complete this OLM will be accredited for 2 HIV CPD Points (2 hours). No RACGP Points accredited.

Prescribers need to go to ASHM Prescriber Portal for points claiming after completion.

Last updated in 2018.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention is now available to prescribe in Australia under the PBS. All general practitioners and nurse practitioners can prescribe PrEP for eligible patients.

Target audience: General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners and Practice Nurses

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the effectiveness and safety considerations of PrEP
  • Provide patient education on the effectiveness and appropriate use of PrEP
  • Identify prescribing pathways of PrEP within your local jurisdiction

CPD accreditations: 2 HIV CPD Points (for HIV Prescribers Only)

Last updated: 2018

Presented by Dr Hubert Muruszak, this webinar provide practical information on how to discuss smoking cessation with your patients.

Target audience: GP HIV s100 Prescribers, health and health promotion staff working with people with HIV.
CPD: 2 HIV CPD
Type: Webinar (2015)
Funded by: NSW Health

This introduction to hepatitis B consists of six individual modules. 

Prospective HBV s100 prescribers: These modules are part 1 of the Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber course. All modules must be completed prior to attending the part 2 Face-to-Face Workshop.

Existing HBV s100 prescribers: Use these modules to refresh your knowledge and earn HBV CPD points (2 points for completion of all 6 modules). Module completion records will be checked by ASHM staff during the prescriber renewal period, and HBV CPD allocated accordingly.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify priority populations for hepatitis B in Australia and outline modes of transmission and the principles of prevention, including HBV vaccination.
  • Order appropriate diagnostic tests to establish patient hepatitis B status and identify which phase of disease a patient is in and how this effects their management.
  • Describe the association between hepatitis B and liver cancer and identify criteria for HCC surveillance in people living with CHB.
  • Screen patients undergoing chemotherapy or immunosuppressive/biologic therapy and describe the management of those found to be HBsAg positive.
  • Demonstrate the management of women with chronic HBV infection before, during and after pregnancy.

Contact: Please email HBVPrescriber@ashm.org.au if you require assistance or have a clinical question you would like to raise with a medical educator.   

Target audience: General Practitioners 

CPD: Allocated 7 Category 2 points in the RACGP QI&CPD program for the 2017-2019 triennium (activity 91497)

Last updated: 2018

This assessment is the final component of the Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber Course. It consists of five case studies, each assessed by a multiple-choice quiz. It is recommended that you complete all case studies within six weeks of attending the face-to-face course.

Each quiz has a passing grade of 75%. If you score below this on any quiz, you will be able to reattempt that quiz after a 24 hour lock-out period. You will be given five attempts to complete each quiz. If you would like the lock-out period reset or have exceeded the maximum number of attempts, please contact HBVPrescriber@ashm.org.au for support.

You must attain a passing grade (75% or more) on all five case studies in order to become an accredited Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Screen at risk patients appropriately
  2. Plan antiviral treatment for HBV infection
  3. Utilise treatment protocols for monitoring patients’ responses to HBV antiviral therapy
  4. Implement shared care between primary and tertiary settings including appropriate referrals
  5. Develop management plans for patients requiring ongoing monitoring

Contact: Please email HBVPrescriber@ashm.org.au if you require assistance or have a clinical question you would like to raise with a medical educator. 

Target audience: GPs who have completed the online and face-to-face components of the Hepatitis B Prescriber Course.

CPD: The Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber Course is allocated 40 category 1 points in the RACGP QI&CPD program for the 2017-2019 triennium (activity 88416). You must have attended the face-to-face course and then completed all five case studies to be awarded these points. There is no passing requirement for QI&CPD points.  

Last updated: 2017

Access these video modules to update your knowledge of Hepatitis B. 

Contact: Please email HBVPrescriber@ashm.org.au if you require assistance or have a clinical question you would like to raise with a medical educator.   

Target audience: Primary Care Practitioners 

CPD: Existing HBV s100 prescribers can use these video modules to earn HBV CPD points (1 HBV CPD per video module). You will need to watch until the end for a video to be marked as completed. Video completion records will be checked by ASHM staff during the prescriber renewal period, and HBV CPD allocated accordingly. 

Last updated: 2018

Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) frontline workers have a crucial role to play in eliminating hep C in Australia. This open access online learning module consists of 4 individual modules that introduce the topics of testing, management and treatment; and how to talk to people in the NSP setting about hep C. For participants enrolled in the part 2 face-to-face workshops, all modules are required to be completed before attending the training.

Learning Objectives for the Hep C for NSP Frontline Workers Education Program:

  • Explain what hep C is to a person in the NSP, how it effects the body and how to prevent transmission
  • Be aware of the stages of change people may go through and effective communication techniques to engage and support people throughout their hep C journey
  • Describe hep C testing and liver assessment
  • Describe treatment for hep C, including advantages of adherence
  • Describe ongoing hep C prevention and care, including follow-up testing and ongoing liver assessment.
  • Understand how to link people into hep C care, e.g. be able to determine local referral pathway

Target Audience: These modules are designed for individuals working in primary, secondary and pharmacy needle and syringe programs.

Last updated: October 2018

This webinar covers screening, testing, patient assessment, treatment and monitoring for hepatitis C, and is targeted towards primary care health professionals.
This webinar was presented by Dr Sarah Walker (Gastroenterologist), Dr Shiv Chitturi (Gastroenterologist) and Ms Anne Blunn (Clinical Nurse Specialist) from the Canberra Hospital, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit on 19th June 2018 in Canberra, ACT. 

Learning outcomes

  • Identify at risk patients and ensure they are regularly screened
  • Interpret test results and diagnose hepatitis C appropriately
  • Implement recommended guidelines for management and treatment of hepatitis C in primary care
  • Assess for advanced liver disease, monitor for hepatocellular carcinoma and refer appropriately
  • Describe new treatment guidelines and mechanisms for prescribing with, or without, a specialist

The “A Normal Day” online training module, developed by The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL), in partnership with The ID Crowd and ASHM, is designed to enhance communication and understanding between people who use drugs and healthcare professionals.

The six-part podcast series includes practical resources and features conversations between a range of healthcare professionals and people who use drugs on the challenges and misunderstandings that occur within the clinical relationship.

Last updated: December 2017

This online learning module is part 1 of the Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program and consists of 4 individual modules that introduce the topics of assessment, management and treatment of hepatitis C. All modules are required to be completed before attending the part 2 face-face workshop.

Learning Objectives for the Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program:

  • Describe the risk factors for HCV infection enabling effective practice screening processes and prevention education

  • Demonstrate competence interpreting clinical and other relevant information to diagnose and provide effective care of people living with HCV infection

  • Demonstrate competence in liver disease assessment

  • Demonstrate understanding of DAA therapy for the treatment of HCV and competence in selecting and prescribing appropriate therapy

  • Monitor patients on treatment and post-treatment appropriately

Target audience: These modules are designed for medical practitioners working in drug and alcohol settings or with people who inject drugs.

CPD: The Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program (Part 1, 2 & 3) is allocated 40 Category 1 points in the RACGP QI&CPD program for the 2017-2019 triennium (activity number 87474). Participants must complete the online modules and face-face training for allocation of full points.

Last updated: 2018

These online learning modules are designed for registered and enrolled nurses whose patients have, or are at risk of, blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs). These modules are available for anyone to complete. They are also a prerequisite for the face-to-face ASHM workshop: Short Course in Sexual Health Nursing.

Module 1 Population Health Perspectives presents an overview of the population health concepts with a focus on the epidemiology and decreasing infections through early detection. Participants will review key health promotion models and the factors that contribute to an effective health promotion campaign. In addition, participants will be able to identify priority populations for screening.

On completion of this module, participants are expected to be able to: 

  1. Utilise screening tools in their nursing practice  
  2. Discuss the principles of epidemiology in relation to STIs/BBVs 
  3. Describe how epidemiology and health promotion activities are effective tools in disease prevention 
  4. Demonstrate ability to access relevant state, territory and national strategies, where available 
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in health promotion  
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of epidemiology data collection and its use in directing nursing practice. 

Module 2 - Practice Issues in Sexual Health; Roles and Responsibilities presents an overview of the current sexual health issues affecting our nursing practice. Key policy directives and legislation are reviewed in relation to the role of nurses. Participants will be provided with the resources to access further guidance and support when dealing with the complicated aspects of professional practice. Each module includes opportunities for self-assessment to ensure learning objectives are met.

On completion of this module, participants are expected to be able to: 

  1. Describe where further guidance and support can be accessed. 
  2. Describe current policy and legislation guiding nursing practice. 
  3. Describe processes related to the notification of infectious diseases.  
  4. Demonstrate locating key sexual health and HIV policy documents.  
  5. Demonstrate confidence in gaining informed consent and conveying a test result for STIs and BBVs. 
  6. Discuss responsibilities of the nurse when undertaking contact tracing. 
  7. Perform a children and young person’s risk of harm assessment as part of a sexual health consultation.

Target audience: Primary Healthcare Nurses and Midwives

CPD: Module 1 (2 hours) Module 2 (3.5 hours)

Type: eLearning Module (2015)

Funded by: Australian Government, Department of Health

Provides an eye-opening look at culture, cultural identity and working effectively with people from different cultures. This webinar will explore nursing culture and how it impacts on clients; problems arising as a result of cultural differences; the relationships between culture and health outcomes; and the major health belief systems. Participants will be able to identify the elements necessary to provide culturally appropriate nursing care for people with, or affected by, hepatitis B.

Target audience: Nurses caring for people with hepatitis B.
CPD: Equivalent to 1 hour of CPD.
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health.

This course is a series of 4 quizzes based on the booklet: Aboriginal Health Workers & Blood-Borne Viruses. They will test your knowledge of HIV, Hep B and Hep C.

Objectives:

On completion of this program Health Workers are able to:

* Explain the similarities and differences between the Hep B, Hep C and HIV viruses and how they are spread

* Identify priority groups of people for testing for blood-borne viruses

* Apply standard infection control procedures to the workplace and work related tasks

* Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of blood-borne viruses in providing culturally appropriate information to clients and communities.

Target Audience: Aboriginal Health Workers

Note: You must have an account and be logged in to receive a certificate.

Australians live in a multicultural, multi-layered society. We identify ourselves by our background, gender, culture, beliefs, experiences and by our sexuality. Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) have diverse sexual health needs. This module aims to inform health professionals about the diversity within the LGBTI community and to reduce stigma and discrimination, particularly for gay men and men who have sex with men, by ensuring their specific health needs are being met.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the diverse health needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) community
  2. Confidently deliver a sexual health history check
  3. Identify common STIs in gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM)
  4. Implement guidelines for STI testing and management in asymptomatic in your practice
  5. Describe the common health issues faced by gay men and MSM

Target Audience: GPs, health professionals

Duration: One hour

CPD: RACGP 2 Category 2 QI&CPD points

Funding Body:  STI in Gay Men’s Action Group (STIGMA)

Contact:

1) Please contact Elissa Magner at Elissa.Magner@health.nsw.gov.au if you would like to be listed on Gay Friendly GP List.

2) Please email education@ashm.org.au if you require assistance or have a clinical question you would like to raise with a medical educator.

Last checked: 2018

Many health services working with people who inject drugs (PWID) are being instructed by best practice management to increase their levels of consumer participation/engagement. The NSW Users & AIDS Association (NUAA) offers a ‘how to’ regarding issues of consumer engagement in relation to PWID as health service clients, exploring barriers to engagement and strategies that can increase consumer participation in non-tokenistic means.

Target audience: Health service providers in both the drug and alcohol and NSP areas.
CPD: Equivalent to 1 hour of CPD. There is no HCV CPD for this webinar.
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health
Presenting research conducted by the Centre for Social Research in Health in partnership with a harm minimisation program and NSP network in NSW, this webinar will outline some of the key policies and guidelines that shape current NSP provision. In addition, issues such as the demands on the NSP workforce, opportunities for further hepatitis C prevention in the NSP setting, ways in which to consider the range of clients' needs and client preferences in accessing NSP services will also be explored.

Target audience: : Health service providers and policy makers interested in both drug and alcohol and NSP service provision.
CPD: Equivalent to 1 hour of CPD. There is no HCV CPD for this webinar.
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health