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Courses in blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections target rural primary health workforce.

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ASHM Courses in Blood-borne Viruses and STIs Target Rural Primary Health Workforce

Four face-to-face training workshops for primary healthcare workers are to be held in rural locations in New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia.  

The courses will take place in Mount Isa in North West Queensland on July 25th, followed by Karratha (WA), Parkes (NSW), and Port Augusta (SA). 

The areas were identified as having high need based on examination of epidemiological data and consultation with local stakeholders. Each course will be customised to focus on specific blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) dependent on the local need. They will focus on the practicalities of clinical practice. 

At the end of each course, participants should be able to:

• Identify priority populations to opportunistically test for BBVs and STIs and appropriately order and interpret serology and other tests.

• Improve testing and management of Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) and STIs in the primary care setting. 

Speakers include local doctors, liver clinicians and nurse practitioners.

The training for each course is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health as part of the Rural Health Continuing Education Stream Two (RHCE2) Program. The courses are free for GPs, Nurses and midwives, Aboriginal Health Workers, and Allied Health Practitioners. All meals will be provided. All courses are being run by the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM).​

To read more or register, please visit

ASHM Media Release Rural Health.pdf

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