Above: ASHM Senior Project Officer, Zindia Nanver (left) to-date has delivered more than 25 PrEP training events across Australia (and New Zealand) for primary care providers. Pictured with co-presenters, Matt Bacon (WA AIDS Council) and Dr Ric Chaney, who delivered 8 courses in metropolitan and regional Western Australia; and Dr Lewis Marshall (far right; standing at lectern) who presented the course at the 2018 AIDA Conference.

 

Sector Release

1 December 2018

Following the watershed start to 2018 on April 1, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis announced on the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. ASHM has continued to work tirelessly to support  primary health and allied health providers in best practice in guidelines, training and resources to prescribe PrEP.

To-date in 2018, more than 780 health professionals in Australia, and an additional 385 in New Zealand (including general practitioners and practice nurses) have attended ASHM PrEP courses. These courses are run face-to-face, through webinars as well as online learning packages.

Australia has recorded its lowest level of HIV diagnoses in seven years, according to a new surveillance report from the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney, with the introduction of universal HIV treatment recommendations and PrEP being major game-changing innovations contributing to this opportunity to drive down rates of HIV. "However, it needs to reach all people who could benefit from it," says ASHM HIV Programs Manager, Jessica Michaels.

"All primary care providers have a key role to play in the testing, diagnosis and management of HIV. The training ASHM delivers to primary care providers provides them with the tools and prescribing pathways of PrEP within local jurisdictions. We also advocate for and encourage health professionals to consider PrEP within hard-to-reach populations."

 

Continue reading to find out more about our roll-out of education opportunities and updates in clinical guidelines to commence in 2019:​

 

PrEP courses in Western Australia

From July 2018 to June 2019, ASHM is holding roadshow series of ten PrEP training events for primary care providers funded by the WA Department of Health. To-date, eight have been delivered across Perth, Geraldton, Karratha, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, and Broome.

  • Seeking expressions of interest:  Are you a primary care provider in Western Australia wanting to attend ASHM's PrEP training either via face-to-face or webinar? Two courses are soon being scheduled in 2019.  Send your expression of interest to education@ashm.org.au

 

PrEP courses in NSW, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland

To-date, ASHM has held training in:

  • New South Wales (3 courses: metropolitan Sydney; Central and Eastern Sydney Public Health Network region) 
  • Victoria (1 course; Melbourne)
  • South Australia (1 course: Adelaide)
  • Queensland (2 courses: Brisbane; Mackay)

From July 2018 to June 2020, ASHM will continue to host PrEP training events for primary care providers funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health.

  • Seeking expressions of interest:  Are you a primary care provider in NSW, Tasmania or Northern Territory wanting to attend ASHM's PrEP training either via face-to-face or webinar? Four courses are soon being scheduled before July 2019.  Send your expression of interest to education@ashm.org.au
  • Seeking expressions of interest:  Are you a primary care provider in the Australian Capital Territory (funded by ACT Health) wanting to attend ASHM's PrEP training either via face-to-face or webinar? One Canberra course is soon being scheduled in February 2019.  Send your expression of interest to education@ashm.org.au

 

Online PrEP training via webinar and eLearning

Access recordings from previous ASHM PrEP webinars or eLearning: 

  • All clinicians interested in accessing training on HIV PrEP can register to join ASHM’s Online Learning Module – PrEP in practice: Guidance for GPs (Australia) or PrEP in practice: Guidance for GPs (New Zealand) (Duration: 40 to 60 minutes) via the ASHM Learning Management System: https://lms.ashm.org.au/
  • Prescribing PrEP for HIV in General Practice [Duration: 1h 15m] – presented by Dr David Baker on 12 September 2018
  • PrEP: The Other Blue Pill – presented by Dr Vincent Cornelisse on 30 November 2018
  • Coming soon in March 2019:  PrEP eLearning developed with Think GP

 

PrEP clinical guidelines and other tools

The ASHM PrEP Clinical Guidelines for clinicians who will be initiating and monitoring people taking PrEP were first published in  July 2017, and updated in April 2018 to reflect changes to the PBS listing of PrEP treatments. In late 2019, a further review and update of the Guidelines will commence.

 

The 2-page Decision Making in PrEP tool provides a prescribing pathway which summarises the key eligibility and recommended assessment for primary care providers in Australia who wish to prescribe PrEP and the ongoing patient education and monitoring requirements.