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This course is a pre-requisite for the ASHM HIV s100 Prescriber Course. This course is also useful for GPs and practice nurses interested in providing HIV shared care. 

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.

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

A webinar explaining the background to the PBAC decision to remove the CD4>500 prescribing criteria for ART initiation. Levinia Crooks, ASHM CEO outlines the process and persons involved in the submission. Former ASHM President Associate Professor Edwina Wright, Alfred Hospital, Monash University, and The Burnet Institute then covers the clinical rationale behind the PBAC decision and the implications this will have ART prescribing in Australia.

Target audience: HIV s100 Prescribers, General Practitioners, health professionals, policy makers and health promotion staff working with people with HIV.
CPD: 2 HIV CPD
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health
Utilizing tools developed by the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) as part of their campaign to address stigma and discrimination, this webinar presented by the NSW Users & AIDS Association (NUAA) addresses how the general community’s inherent attitudes can act as a barrier to health service provision for PWID. PWID are often reluctant to engage with health service providers, and have been known to defer and delay treatment based on real or perceived experiences of discrimination.

Target audience: Health care professionals looking to engage with PWID to challenge stigma and discrimination and improve the quality of health service provision.
CPD: Equivalent to 1 hour of CPD. There is no HCV CPD for this webinar.
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health



Always wanted to know why people inject their methadone and risk their place on the program? Wondering if people use drugs in response to childhood trauma? Want to know if using wheel filters make much of a difference in terms of public health? Why do people share injecting equipment when there is a risk of blood borne virus transmission? The NSW Users & AIDS Association (NUAA) answers these questions and more.

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

This HIV Testing Webinar will address training needs such as sexual history taking, identification of priority populations, routine testing and contact tracing with the overall objective of normalising HIV testing and overcoming barriers that GPs may currently face around HIV testing. Presented by: A/Prof Catherine C O'Connor, Director Sexual Health Service, Exec Clinical Director Community Health | Community Health RPA Sexual Health.

Target audience: General Practitioners, Practice Nurses and other Primary Care Practitioners (primarily for those in Sydney LHD)
CPD: Equivalent to 1 hour of CPD
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: Sydney LHD

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

Presented by ASHM President, A/Prof Mark Boyd and ASHM Clinical advisor Dr Craig Rodgers this webinar focuses on when and how to switch HIV ART regimens in your virally suppressed patients.

Target audience: GPs s100 Prescribers
CPD: 2 HIV CPD
Type: Webinar (2015)
Funded by: NSW Health 

Presented by Dr Marianne Jauncey, this session will cover the history and background to pharmaceutical opiate injecting and the move towards tamper resistant formulations. In April 2013, Australian Oxycontin formulation was changed (from OC to OP), find out what your clients will and won’t be able to do after the formulation change.

Target audience: Professionals working with people who inject opiate pharmaceuticals.
CPD: Equivalent to 1 hour of CPD. There is no HCV CPD for this webinar.
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health

This HIV Testing Webinar addresses training needs such as sexual history taking, identification of priority populations, routine testing and contact tracing with the overall objective of normalising HIV testing and overcoming barriers that GPs in the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District may currently face around HIV testing.

Target audience: General Practitioners, Practice Nurses and other Primary Care Practitioners (primarily for those in South East Sydney LHD)
CPD: Equivalent to 1 hour of CPD
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: South East Sydney LHD
Good oral health is essential to general health and quality of life. People Living with HIV (PLHIV) have increased risk of oral health manifestations. ASHM and the South Eastern Sydney LHD Oral Health Promotion Working Group, present this webinar to equip non-dental health practitioners with the dental .

Dr Helen Carey, Specialist Dentist from Sydney Dental Hospital discusses common dental presentations in PLHIV. Lindy Stark, APD Sydney Dental Hospital and Angela Langton, Senior Community Dietician, Positive Central discusses the links between diet and oral health.

Target audience: Health professionals, policy makers and health promotion staff working with people with HIV.
CPD: 2 HIV CPD
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health
Presented by Dr Marianne Jauncey, this session will cover the history and background to pharmaceutical opiate injecting and the move towards tamper resistant formulations. In April 2013, Australian Oxycontin formulation was changed (from OC to OP), find out what your clients will and won’t be able to do after the formulation change.

Target audience: Professionals working with people who inject opiate pharmaceuticals.
CPD: Equivalent to 1 hour of CPD. There is no HCV CPD for this webinar.
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health

Key studies and the relevant issues for prescribers and clinicians involved in HIV care that arose from CROI 2014 held in Boston. Presented by Dr Ken Hazelton, S100 GP Prescriber, Prince Street Medical Centre, Orange, NSW.

Target audience: HIV s100 Prescribers, General Practitioners, health professionals, policy makers and health promotion staff working with people with HIV.
CPD: 2 HIV CPD
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health
Presented by Dr Rick Varma, this webinar assists General Practitioners and Practice Nurses to undertake sexual history taking, opportunistic testing, contact tracing and referral pathways in their practice. The aim of the course is to help doctors and nurses overcome the barriers they face in introducing HIV and STI testing as a standard practice for everyone sexually active and under the age of 29 years or of any high risk population.

Target audience: General Practitioners and Practice Nurses
CPD: No HIV CPD points are available for this webinar
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health

These online learning modules are designed for registrants of the Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber Course and are a prerequisite for the one day face-to-face training.

Module 1 covers priority populations, testing and diagnosis of hepatitis B. Participants will review priority populations for hepatitis B screening, identify which tests are to be ordered, and be able to interpret serology to determine if a patient is susceptible, vaccinated, previously exposed, and has acute or chronic hepatitis B infection.

Modules 2 through 6 follow a family through their various diagnoses of hepatitis B. Participants will follow the journey of each family member covering issues such as; diagnosis, assessment and initial management; HBV, advanced liver disease and HCC; HBV and immune suppression; HBV and pregnancy

Each module includes opportunities for self-assessment to ensure learning objectives are met.

Target audience: GPs
CPD: RACGP accredited and has been awarded 7 Category 2 QI&CPD points
Type: eLearning Module (2015)

Of people living with hepatitis B (chronic hepatitis B, CHB) in Australia, 43% remain undiagnosed. Without appropriate management, up to 1 in 4 people with CHB will die from liver cancer or liver failure. Timely diagnosis and clinical management, including the prescription of antiviral therapy, can prevent cancer and save lives. 

Hepatitis B can now be managed as a chronic condition in general practice. The aim of this audit and training is to address some of the major issues in the management of hepatitis B as a long-term condition and improve communication between general practitioners, specialists and patients. 

Completion of the Hepatitis B: Clinical Management Audit and Training attracts
40 RACGP audit points

This online learning module provides participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to more confidently manage their Aboriginal clients with hepatitis B and C. It outlines the public health aspects and clinical management of hepatitis B and C and advocates a proactive approach to health care for Aboriginal clients.

Target audience: Clinical care teams working with Aboriginal clients in AMSs/ACCHOs or other primary health care settings. This course will be of particular benefit to GPs, Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers.
CPD: RACGP 3 Category 2 QI&CPD points.
Type: Videos (written 2010, updated 2014)
Funded by: National Partnership Agreement in Indigenous Health, Department of Health 

This four-part module discusses the role general practitioners can play in the diagnosis and management of hepatitis B. It also highlights the link between hepatitis B and liver cancer. Liver cancer, most of which is caused by viral hepatitis, is now in the top 10 causes of cancer death and most people diagnosed with liver cancer in Australia die within one to two years – many in the first month after diagnosis. Appropriate management and treatment of hepatitis B can prevent liver cancer.

Target audience: General Practitioners (GPs); however, practice nurses and other health professionals may also find it useful.
CPD: 2 RACGP QI&CPD Category 2 points in the 2014-2016 triennium.
Type: Online Module that includes short video clips
Funded by: Australian Government, Department of Health and developed in conjunction with Cancer Council NSW.

This course comprises 5 individual modules that should be completed in sequential order. Each module will take you approximately 30 mins to complete.

This online learning module consists of 4 individual modules covering; HCV epidemiology, prevention and natural history; HCV testing and liver disease staging; Treatment options for HCV; and Monitoring, adherence and post-treatment follow-up. These modules are designed for medical practitioners working in drug and alcohol settings or with people who inject drugs.

Comprehensive General Practice (GP) health care as well as specific HCV care is important for patients living with chronic HCV infection. This population has a high rate of morbidity and mortality from liver disease, injecting drug use (IDU) and other causes which are potentially treatable in a GP setting.   There is evidence, from other health conditions, that the use of a comprehensive general practitioner management plan (GPMP) results in improved health outcomes.

The overall aim of the HCV GPMP Audit and Training is to address some of the issues in the management of HCV as a long-term condition and improve communication between general practitioners, HCV specialists and patients.

Learning Objectives

On completion of the HCV GPMP Audit and Training, GPs will be able to:

  • Recognise the importance of hepatitis C (HCV) infection in Australia 
  • Assess the range of health needs for a patient living with chronic HCV
  • Develop a comprehensive GP management plan based on the patient needs that follows national guidelines
  • Increase effectiveness of communication with specialists and other health care providers

Five videos presented by leading clinicians in the sector addressing current issues in hepatitis C management. These short videos cover new therapies, assessment with fibroscan, cirrhosis and transplantation, co-infection and up to date epidemiological information for Australia.

Target audience: General practitioners, infectious diseases physicians and gastroenterologists.
CPD: RACGP 3 Category 2 QI&CPD points.
Type:  Videos (2014)
Funded by: Abbvie  - unconditional educational grant.  

This course was developed by ASHM in collaboration with the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine.

Target audience: AChAM Fellows and other Drug and Alcohol practitioners.

Learning objectives
Upon completion of the 3 case-based modules, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the natural history of hepatitis C virus and describe which factors may be involved in more rapid disease progression
  • Evaluate who should be tested for HCV and describe the tests involved in confirming chronic HCV infection and baseline assessment
  • Assess people living with chronic HCV and provide appropriate advice / management strategies to improve their quality of life
  • Provide advice on treatment options for chronic HCV and refer appropriately for specialist assessment
  • Recognise signs and symptoms of chronic liver disease and indications for specialist referral
  • Describe when to monitor treatment response and when dose reduction or treatment cessation may be needed

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 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.

Module 2 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.

Target audience: Nurses
CPD: Module 1 (2 hours) Module 2 (3.5 hours)
Type: eLearning Module (2015)
Funded by: Australian Government, Department of Health

Hepatitis C Concepts and Issues is an online course designed to introduce nurses to hepatitis C. Nurses new to the area of hepatology are encouraged to complete the online module before attending the face-to-face ASHM course; Hepatitis C Nursing: Advanced Management and Treatment to ensure their understanding of the basic concepts is sufficient. Experienced hepatology nurses are invited to complete the module to update and refresh their knowledge of hepatitis C.

CPD: Equivalent to 2.5 hours of CPD 
Type: eLearning Module (2015)

The Partner Notification (Contact Tracing) eLearning Modules are designed for Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers across Western Australia. They address training needs such as understanding the reasons for partner notification, which STIs and blood-borne viruses require partner notification, as well as providing techniques and tips for how to conduct partner notification.

Target audience: Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers (primarily for those in WA)
CPD: Equivalent to 2.5 hours of CPD.
Type: eLearning Modules (2014)
Funded by: WA Department of Health.

Provides primary health care nurses with an update on the sexual health resources designed to support sexual health nursing in primary care. The webinar will also discuss the role of sexual health clinics and the referral pathways that can be used to support those in primary care. Presented in partnership with NSW STIPU and ASHHNA, and aligned with the Sexual Health Nursing Competency Standards for Primary Healthcare Nurses (2013).

Target audience: Primary Health Care Nurses
CPD: Equivalent to 1 hour of CPD.
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health.
Provides primary health care nurses with the skills to complete a basic sexual health history, identify individuals or groups for STI testing, describe techniques to use when engaging with clients at-risk of contracting or transmitting an STI and understand the resources available to support nurses to engage patients in these discussions in primary care. Presented in partnership with NSW STIPU and ASHHNA, and aligned with the Sexual Health Nursing Competency Standards for Primary Healthcare Nurses (2013).

Target audience: Primary Health Care Nurses
CPD: Equivalent to 1 hour of CPD.
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health.
Provides primary health care nurses with an understanding of the appropriate testing methods for STIs, the interpretation of results and the resources available to support nurses to engage in STI testing. Presented in partnership with NSW STIPU and ASHHNA, and aligned with the Sexual Health Nursing Competency Standards for Primary Healthcare Nurses (2013).

Target audience: Primary Health Care Nurses
CPD: Equivalent to 1 hour of CPD.
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health.
Provides primary health care nurses with the clinical skills, confidence and knowledge to increase their scope of practice to include opportunistic testing for chlamydia. Chlamydia is the most frequently notified condition in Australia, with over 80,000 notifications annually. Presented in partnership with NSW STIPU and ASHHNA, and aligned with the Sexual Health Nursing Competency Standards for Primary Healthcare Nurses (2013).

Target audience: Primary Health Care Nurses
CPD: Equivalent to 1 hour of CPD.
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health.
Provides nurses with an update on treatment options for hepatitis C, the benefits of anti-viral therapy and the current optimal treatment regimens. The role of the nurse in patient management and treatment will also be explored. Presented in partnership with AHA and aligned with the AHA Consensus-based Nursing Guidelines (2013).

Target audience: Nurses caring for people with hepatitis C.
CPD: Equivalent to 1 hour of CPD.
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW 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.
Provides primary health care nurses with the knowledge to understand hepatitis B natural history, serology and testing and explores the role of the primary health care nurse in monitoring and management of a patient with hepatitis B. Presented in partnership with AHA and aligned with the AHA Consensus-based Nursing Guidelines (2013).

Target audience: Primary Health Care Nurses
CPD: Equivalent to 1 hour of CPD.
Type: Webinar (2014)
Funded by: NSW Health.
Provides practice nurses with the skills to advocate for the role of the practice nurse in sexual health, develop techniques for expanding their scope of practice and explores opportunities to incorporate STI management into clinical practice. Presented in partnership with NSW STIPU and ASHHNA, and aligned with the Sexual Health Nursing Competency Standards for Primary Healthcare Nurses (2013).

Target audience: Primary Health Care Nurses
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.

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.

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)

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