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HBV Prescriber Programs

​​​​​​Summary​

  • From 1 July 2015, accredited prescribers were able to initiate treatment and the medications can be dispensed in the community.​
  • ASHM is working to increase primary care practitioners' capacity and confidence in diagnosing and caring for patients with hepatitis B. 
  • ASHM administers the Hepatitis B s100 Community Prescriber Program, which enables GPs to prescribe Highly Specialised Drugs for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B in ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA and WA.
  • In VIC, GPs can become accreditated through Victorian HIV and Hepatitis Integrated Training And Learning (VHHITAL), which is a partnership with ASHM, North West Melbourne PHN (NWMPHN), Alfred Health, and the Doherty Institute.
  • Practitioners in Queensland can also contact ASHM staff in Queensland​ directly. 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 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 
  • Western Australia, and
  • Queensland

The health departments issue a list of authorised community prescribers to public hospital pharmacy departments within their jurisdictions.

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:

  1. Complete an accredited hepatitis B prescriber training course, or get recognition of prior knowledge. 
  2. 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.
  3. Complete a 'Application Form for HBV Prescribing', nominating at least one specialist to be linked with. 
  4. 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​

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 (process TBC)


Victoria 

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

Tasmania

Tasmania currently does not have a policy in place that support community prescribing around hepatitis B.

If you are a practitioner in this jurisdiction and interested in participating in hepatitis B shared care, please register your interest through HBVprescriber​@ashm.org.au​.  

Practitioners within this jurisdiction are also welcome to attend prescriber trainings in other jurisdictions for a fee. 


National Standards 

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