Expressions of interest from primary health care nurses for ASHM's Nursing Program
can be directed to Nikitah.Habraken@ashm.org.au
May and June have been busy months for the ASHM Nursing Program with over 150 nurses Australia-wide attending ASHM training.
Highlights from the ASHM training calendar included the Hepatitis B Nursing: Advanced Management and Care course and the Hepatitis C Nursing: Advanced Management and Treatment course, both held in Sydney NSW and developed in partnership with the Australasian Hepatology Association – the peak professional body supporting and educating hepatology nurses and allied health professionals. Over 50 nurses attended these two-day workshops which aimed to provide practical skills and knowledge; and comprehensive understanding of the nursing role in hepatitis B and C diagnosis, management and treatment, including that of advanced liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma.
These courses were expertly facilitated by Jacqui Richmond (Hepatology CNC, Melbourne Health), Enaam Oudih (Practice Manager, Multicultural Services Manager, BBV Programs at Relationships SA), Tracey Jones (Hepatology NP, Viral Hepatitis Service, John Hunter Hospital), and Sue Mason (Hepatology CNC, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital).
On June 10, ASHM delivered its inaugural one-day Hepatitis C Nursing: Management and Treatment course in Brisbane at the Queensland State Library, facilitated by Penny Wright (CNC at Princess Alexandra Hospital). Over 20 nurses were in attendance from across the state as far as Mackay. “[The course] provided a great opportunity for networking, as well as informative discussions around the different approaches to using the new direct acting antivirals treatments, and the different ways that this is being managed within various settings,” was the feedback from one participant.
Expanding your Scope: An HIV/STI Case Discussion for Primary Health Care Nurses was facilitated by Karen Biggs (NP, Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre) in Surry Hills, NSW on 7 June, which explored opportunities for primary health care nurses to incorporate sexual health risk assessment, prevention, screening, treatment and care into their clinical practice.
Further courses for primary health care nurses, such as the Hepatitis B Nursing: Preventing Liver Cancer in Primary Care course are in planning for Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide over the next 12 months. Expressions of interest from primary health care nurses who wish to attend can be directed to Nikitah.Habraken@ashm.org.au.
A revised 2016 update of the ASHM resource Nurses and Hepatitis C is currently in review and is due for release in July 2016. This profession-based booklet is aligned with the Australasian Hepatology
Association’s Competency Standards for the Hepatology Nurse and the
Consensus-based Nursing Guidelines for the Care of Patients with Hepatitis B,
Hepatitis C, Advanced Liver Disease and Hepatocellular Carcinoma.
Scholarships opportunities are available for nurses to attend the 2016 Australasian Sexual Health Conference and the 2016 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference in Adelaide between 14-16 November and 16-18 November (respectively). For information about scholarship inclusions, terms and conditions see the ASHM website or contact Rini.Das@ashm.org.au. Apply for a scholarship before 8 July here.