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Victorian HIV and Hepatitis Integrated Training And Learning (VHHITAL)

VHHITAL.jpgVictorian HIV and Hepatitis Integrated Training And Learning (VHHITAL) delivers the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Blood Borne Viruses Training and Certification Program.

The program is delivered and managed through a consortium comprising of North West Melbourne PHN (NWMPHN), the Australasian HIV, Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine Society (ASHM), Alfred Health, and the Doherty Institute.

The program includes a comprehensive education and training program for the general practice workforce in Victoria for the diagnosis, treatment and management of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. It includes the provision of training and certification for practitioners who prescribe highly specialised drugs administered under Section 100 (S100) of the National Health Act 1953.

The program aims to:

    • Improve general practice workforce capacity to screen, treat and manage HIV, hepatitis B + hepatitis C.
    • Improve alignment of certified general practitioners, priority populations and geographical areas of high prevalence for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C screening and treatment.
    • Improve access to community testing and prescribing for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
    • Improve networking opportunities for prescribers of HIV and viral hepatitis.

For further information about VHHITAL, please email Julie Brock or Rachael Ball or call (03) 9347 1188.


Consortium partners

The consortium brings the skills and resources of clinical subject-matter experts, research expertise, program development and accreditation, training and education for health professionals, and expert knowledge of the health needs of Victorian living with, or at risk of contracting blood-borne viruses (BBV).

The program is delivered and managed through a consortium:

NWMPHN logo

As an independent, locally governed and run, not for profit organisation North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) is dedicated to strengthening primary health care, and connecting health services across the system. NWMPHN brings experience in developing, delivering and promoting education and training to the primary health workforce.

   VPHNA logo

NWMPHN is a member of the Victorian PHN Alliance (VPHNA). VPHNA enables all six Victorian PHNs to collectively achieve the best possible outcomes for local communities and organisations through leadership, collaboration, coordination and synergy. 

     ASHM logo

ASHM seeks to see the virtual eradication of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections. It brings program experience in developing and delivering HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C training tailored to GPs and skills in the management of assessment and ongoing accreditation of HIV and hepatitis B S100 prescribers.

Alfred health logo

Alfred Health’s Department of Infectious Diseases is one of the largest and most comprehensive infectious diseases clinical services in the country and provides state-wide HIV/AIDS services. It provides share care support to low-caseload GPs, regular case discussions with high-caseload S100 clinics, lunchtime education meetings, and other HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C education events targeting the primary health workforce including education in rural and regional areas.

Doherty lnstitute logo

A joint venture between The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Doherty Institute is a world leader in research and clinical management of BBV including HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C and an experienced provider of both face-to-face and online education.

See also:

Media Release - VHHITAL on the fast track to an AIDS free future on 1 December 2016

Media Release - Expanded HIV prevention and care in Victoria on 1 December 2016

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