PrEP updates for HIV clinicians ASHM has developed a Communique that details current information about PrEP and links to the Australian PrEP Guidelines, which were endorsed Monday 16 Feb. The communique also links to the ACON Ending HIV Website which carries recently released detailed instructions about the personal importation of PrEP. In addition, The Australian National PrEP Guidelines and chapter on Biomedical Prevention (chapter 12 of the HIV Management in Australasia 2015 resource) are now available. Please visit http://arv.ashm.org.au/arv-guidelines/prep-resources-for-clinicians for all resources and links.
Second National Hepatitis B Mapping Report Available A new report
about hepatitis B in Australia will be released to coincide with World
Cancer Day. For the
first time, national datasets are used to indicate the current level of
diagnosis, monitoring and treatment, as well as vaccination rates and outcomes
of infection. The second
national report to be produced from Hepatitis B Mapping project has found that
only 57 per cent of people living with hepatitis B have been diagnosed.
Alarmingly, only 13 per cent are receiving guideline-based care. Read the media release, and download the report.
ASHM CEO Speaks at Parliamentary Inquiry into Hepatitis C Following a referral from the former Minister for Health, the Standing Committee on Health has begun a Parliamentary Inquiry into Hepatitis C in Australia. The inquiry terms of reference included surveillance, testing, treatment, prevention and the costs associated with treating the short term and long-term impacts of hepatitis C in the community. As one of the peak organisations in the viral hepatitis sector, ASHM was invited to contribute to the inquiry. Read more
In July 2014 almost 200 health care workers from 20 countries in the Asia, Pacific and African regions participated in this five-day event as part of AIDS 2014. ASHM was joined by collaborators from AFAO, ARCSHS, Burnet Institute, Kirby Institute, Monash University, Sydney Universities, and National Reference Laboratories to provide leadership and mentoring in a range of hands-on skills-building workshops. Most participants also attended a short course before the AIDS conference. The short courses covered a range of topics, including: HIV Medicine, Community Advocacy, Research and Laboratory skills.
(Sydney, 1 December 2014): The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) is today calling on general practices across Australia to use World AIDS Day as an opportunity to open the conversation about HIV with patients and offer testing.
The first Australian STI Management Guidelines designed for GPs and primary health care nurses have now been launched and are accessible through the website www.sti.guidelines.org.au The Guidelines are an online resource and provide concise information to support the prevention, testing, diagnosis, management and treatment for sexually transmissible infections. The Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA), a committee of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM), developed the Guidelines with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health. RACGP, APNA and many other national organisations have supported the development of the Guidelines to ensure they reflect best practice and are presented in the most appropriate format for primary care. Read the Media Release
This World Hepatitis Day, medical practitioners are asked to consider regular liver check-ups as a standard part of care for people living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C, just as they would check blood pressure and cholesterol in people at risk of heart attack or stroke. This simple approach could save many lives.
Hepatitis Australia today also launched its Hepatitis Report Card, which can be viewed at its microsite, Liver Danger Zone
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