Summary

  • Most HIV diagnoses are made in the general practice setting.
  • Some states and territories have specific programs in place to assist practitioners who have just made a new diagnosis.
  • ASHM produces a range of practical resources to support GPs when making a new HIV diagnosis, including: guidance on conveying a positive result; support for patients; legal responsibilities; and contact tracing/partner notification.

Most HIV diagnoses are made in general practice. 

Delivering a positive HIV result can be a difficult task for a health worker, particularly when it might be the first diagnosis they have made. 

Knowing the best way to deliver a result and accessing the resources and support available to both clinician and patient can make this process easier. 

ASHM works closely with a range of HIV organisations across Australia. Please find below a list of resources from organisations in different states and territories. 

 

New South Wales

Referral Pathways for GPs and Patients

HIV Support Program (HSP)

Patient-centred care and support is at the core of the NSW Ministry of Health's HIV Support Program. The Program assists GPs to negotiate additional support, meeting individual needs for each new HIV diagnosis. The program also provides information for patients around psychosocial and community support services that are available across the state.

 

Queensland

Referral Pathways for GPs

Referral Pathways for Patients

 

South Australia

Referral Pathways for​ GPs

​​Referral Pathways for​ Patients

 

Tasmania

Referral Pathways for​ GPs

​Referral Pathways for​ Patients

 

Victoria

Referral Pathways for​ GPs

  • The Alfred – The Alfred provides a statewide HIV service, which provides comprehensive care for Victorians affected by or infected with HIV. This ranges from acute care and chronic illness management, to health maintenance, prevention and health promotion.

​Referral Pathways for​ Patients

  • Living Positive Victoria – Living Positive Victoria is a not for profit, community based organization representing all people living with HIV in Victoria since 1988 and is committed to the advancement of human rights and wellbeing of all people living with HIV
  • Victoria AIDS Council (VAC) – leads the fight against HIV/AIDS by providing care and support to PLHIV through health promotion and advocacy, VAC aims to  improve the health outcomes for gender, sex and people from sexually diverse communities
  • Straight Arrows – Specific, targeted services for people living with HIV/AIDS are available in most parts of Australia. Education, peer support, financial counselling and assistance and many more free services are available to help

 

​Western Australia

Referral Pathways for​ GPs

​Referral Pathways for​ Patients

  • HIV information sheet​ (Dept of Health WA): Basic overview of HIV/AIDS for people living with HIV and their families, friends and other contacts
  • Choices and Responsibilities (Dept of Health WA): For people living with HIV, this 12-page booklet outlines their responsibilities and choices.