This training will provide GPs, Nurses, Aboriginal Health care workers and other Health Professionals working in primary care an update on strategies available for the prevention of HIV transmission, focusing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). This training will also cover how to screen, diagnose and treat syphilis.
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective method to prevent HIV. A landmark in HIV prevention, PrEP (tenofovir with emtricitabine) is now approved for use on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, thereby providing broader access for any doctor, general practitioner, and endorsed nurse practitioner to be able to prescribe PrEP to an eligible Australian resident who holds a current Medicare card.
There were 4398 infectious syphilis notifications (infections of less than two years’ duration) in Australia in 2017. In the Northern Territory this was 322 in 2017. This training will also cover an update on syphilis.
- Describe HIV epidemiology in Australia and the different HIV prevention strategies
- Explain the role of HIV treatment and management
- Provide patient education on the effectiveness and appropriate use of PrEP/PEP
- Identify the prescribing pathways of PrEP within your local jurisdiction
- Implement different HIV prevention strategies
This evening educational session will be presented by Dr Manoji Gunathilake, Sexual Health Physician at SHBBV Unit, Centre for Disease Control.
This course is targeted towards community GPs, Practice Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers with an interest in PrEP.
This is a FREE course. Refreshments and dinner will be provided.
This educational session is funded by the Department of Health.