​Summary

  • To become a Community Prescriber, GPs must meet several accreditation criteria. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in hepatitis B is an important part of the program.
  • This page contains specific resources for use by medical practitioners participating in the Hepatitis B Community Prescriber Program

 

Pro forma: Initiation of patient on treatment

The pro forma document is designed to support GPs new to initiating treatment for hepatitis B. The document is a prerequisite for the first five patients HBV s100 Community Prescribers decide to start on antiviral treatment. Linking specialists will review the document and initiation work-up to confirm that the decision to start treatment is appropriate at that time.

Pro forma: Guidelines

This guide contains information on the use of the pro forma document for use by HBV s100 Community Prescribers.

Video tutorial: Prescribing using streamlined authority codes​

This 8 minute video tutorial uses Best Practice medical software as an example and provides guidance on how to produce a prescription using streamlined codes for hepatitis B treatment.

Guidebook: Prescriber Manual

This guide contains information about the training, accreditation, and maintenance for community prescribers of s100 hepatitis B (HBV) antiviral drugs for the jurisdictions where ASHM has a formal accreditation arrangement with the respective health departments.

Flowchart: Hepatitis B Decision-Making Tool

A two-page decision support tool for hepatitis B diagnosis and management.

Template: General Practice Management Plan: Chronic Hepatitis B

This is an editable, downloadable template for a GP management plan.

Article: Hepatitis B serology

Published in the Australian Family Physician ‘Tests and results’ series in 2012, this article provides information on test indications, what to tell the patient, what the test can and cannot tell you, and interpretation of results.

Website: HepBHelp.org.au

HepBHelp is a website that aims to assist Australian GPs in the further investigation and management of patients diagnosed with chronic hepatitis B virus infection. The website has been developed by staff of the Hepatitis B Program, Epidemiology Unit, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (now known as the Doherty Institute).​

Website: National Hepatitis B Testing Policy

This national policy, developed by an Expert Reference Committee, defines appropriate diagnostic testing pathways using currently available technologies. It is relevant for all health professionals ordering and interpreting tests for hepatitis B.​

Hepatitis B and Primary Care Providers

This 12-page booklet outlines hepatitis B virus and provides advice on the important role primary care providers can play in vaccination, diagnosis, management and treatment. 

B Positive (3rd Edition) - all you wanted to know about hepatitis B - a guide for primary care providers

This website provides a comprehensive summary of currently available knowledge and practice, reiterating the key role of primary care practitioners in the diagnosis, care, and management of people living with chronic hepatitis B. It is intended to be used as a resource by practitioners who require information to direct management or answer questions from patients living with CHB. It covers testing, interpretation of serology, initial assessment, ongoing monitoring, treatment and complex management situations such as pregnancy and advanced liver disease.