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Blood Borne Virus Testing Course

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This course is suitable for healthcare practitioners involved in undertaking HIV and hepatitis testing in all healthcare settings including midwifery, acute care, community health, women’s health, correctional health, rural and remote health, refugee health, sexual health, and infection prevention and control practitioners.

The course was previously known as The HIV and Hepatitis Pre and Post Testing Discussion Course and was delivered by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University.

Individual bookings

Use the following button to book individual students into the Blood Borne Virus Testing Course. If you pay by credit card when booking, the student will be allocated to the next available course.

Dates for 2024

We have courses proposed for following months with dates to be confirmed closer to commencement:

  • 9 February 2024
  • 1 March 2024
  • 19 April 2024
  • 12 July 2024 – Bookings Open (includes a compulsory live tutorial on 26 August 2024)
  • September or October – To be confirmed

Expression of interest

Bookings are open. Use the button above to book.

Blood Borne Virus Testing Course poster

Course length

The course study is designed to run over six weeks, with a compulsory online tutorial at the end.

Learning outcomes

Students will gain a working knowledge of the components of effective pre- and post-test discussion. In particular they will:

  • gain a working knowledge of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C with particular reference to epidemiology, transmission, management options and prevention;
  • refresh their knowledge on the different tests available to correctly diagnose HIV hepatitis B and hepatitis C, testing intervals post exposure and window periods for testing;
  • consolidate their understanding of post incident pre- and post-test discussion for both the recipient and the source following the incident;
  • increase their understanding of the personal impact and medical consequences of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C;
  • build on existing skills and knowledge in conducting a risk assessment for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C;
  • be introduced to strategies and resources for effective health promotion and prevention education.

Course delivery

The course will be delivered online.