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​Nurses to participate in focus groups for development of project aimed at combatting stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with blood borne viruses accessing health care.

​Nurses to participate in focus groups for the development of an ASHM project aimed at combatting stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with blood borne viruses accessing health care

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Pictured: Melinda Hassell, Clinical Nurse Lead of ASHM Nursing Program presents Removing Barriers project at APNA Conference 2017


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May 2017:  ASHM's Nursing Program team members, Melinda Hassall (Clinical Nurse Lead Nursing Program) and Sami Stewart (Nursing Program Project Officer), will be presenting a paper at the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) 'State of the Art' conference in Hobart on 6 May 2017. 

The paper, titled Removing Barriers – Online education resource for Primary Health Care Nurses to combat stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, will describe the development of an online learning module aimed at informing nurses about the impact of stigma and discrimination on people living with HIV, hepatitis B and C who are accessing healthcare.  This learning module will enable nurses to reflect on potential workplace and structural barriers and individual perceptions in primary care settings.  The learning objectives aim to support nurses to identify opportunities for personal and organisational change to ensure the delivery of safe and appropriate nursing care.


The ASHM Removing Barriers Project

Throughout 2016-18, ASHM is engaged in a collaborative with health services, research and community partners to address systemic barriers, stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C accessing the health system.  Part of this project involves an online learning module for primary health care nurses which will be designed to raise awareness of stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with blood borne viruses (BBV), to enable nurses to reflect on potential structural workplace barriers and individual perceptions.  Learnings from the module will encourage opportunities for practical and procedural change within primary health care settings where required.


Primary health care nurses are integral to this project

Primary health care nurses are integral to the care and management of people living with HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.  At national and state/territory levels, greater emphasis and funding is being placed on client management within primary health care settings.  Correspondingly, advances in treatment and management of people living with BBV enable people to seek healthcare within the community, as well as/or instead of a tertiary-setting.


Nurse particpants to particpate in focus groups at APNA Conference

ASHM have invited nurses attending the 2017 Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) Conference to participate in focus groups being facilitated with assistance of Jacqui Richmond, Education and Training Manager EC Partnership at the Burnet Institute.  Feedback obtained from the focus groups will assist the Removing Barriers project working group to better design an online learning module directed at primary health care nurses.


For more information on the project, contact:


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