- The hepatitis B prescriber program enables GPs to prescribe Highly Specialised Drugs for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B.
- This program is available in all states and territories across Australia.
- From 1 July 2015, accredited prescribers are able to initiate treatment and the medications can be dispensed in the community.
- Expressions of interest and general enquiries can be directed to HBVprescriber@ashm.org.au.
About the Program
ASHM administers the Hepatitis B Community s100 Prescriber Program. The health departments issue a list of authorised community prescribers to public hospital pharmacy departments within their jurisdictions.
ASHM's program provides initial training, ongoing support and continuing professional development (CPD) activities for general practitioners prescribing Highly Specialised Drugs for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B in:
- the Australian Capital territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
Victorian HIV and Hepatitis Integrated Training And Learning (VHHITAL), in partnership with ASHM, North West Melbourne PHN (NWMPHN), Alfred Health, and the Doherty Institute, provides introductory and intermediate training for Victorian GPs in hepatitis B medicine. For further information about the VHHITAL program, please email Julie Brock or Rachael Ball or call (03) 9347 1188
How to Become a Hepatitis B s100 Community Prescriber
We welcome new prescribers. To take part in the Hepatitis B s100 Community Prescriber Program, GPs need to do fulfil an initial accreditation process:
- Complete an accredited hepatitis B prescriber training course, or get recognition of prior knowledge.
- Access appropriate support from senior clinicians working in a designated liver clinic treatment unit in a public hospital, and access other clinic staff and services.
- Complete a 'Application Form for HBV Prescribing', nominating at least one specialist to be linked with.
- Be committed to ongoing HBV-specific continuing professional development (CPD)
How to Start
For more information on how to become a prescriber in your jurisdiction, please contact us on HBVprescriber@ashm.org.au.
Practitioners in Queensland can also contact ASHM staff in Queensland directly.
ASHM administers the Hepatitis B s100 Community Prescriber Program for:
- ACT Health (see process)
- NSW Ministry of Health (see process)
- Northern Territory Government Department of Health (see process)
- Department for Health and Ageing, Government of South Australia (see process)
- Government of Western Australia Department of Health (see process)
- Queensland Health (see process)
- Public Health Services Tasmania (process TBC)