Definition of Shared Care
HIV shared care is the joint participation of GPs and specialists in the planned delivery of HIV care informed by an adequate education program and information exchange over and above routine referral letters.1
With continually improving treatment options, HIV infection is now considered a chronic condition. People living with HIV can expect to live long and productive lives and HIV infection can be managed using a team-based interdisciplinary - ‘shared care’ - approach involving GPs, specialists, nurses, allied health and specialist support services.
This shift to a chronic disease model means there is an increasingly important role for GPs and primary health care nurses to ensure that patients are offered comprehensive preventative care based on national guidelines.
HIV shared care for GPs aims to increase the capacity of the primary care workforce to engage in HIV management. It does this through: