The Challenge of Talking About Blood Borne Virus Testing

Talking to patients, residents, or clients about testing for HIV and Hepatitis B and C can be a challenging part of your job.

The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) has developed an online course suitable for staff involved pre and post BBV testing discussions in all healthcare settings including aged care, midwifery, alcohol and drug services, acute care, community health, women’s health, correctional health, rural and remote health, refugee health, sexual health, and infection prevention and control practitioners.

The self-paced course has been developed in conjunction with La Trobe University and includes lived experience speakers and filmed diagnosis scenarios. Upon completion, students will convene for a live webinar with our facilitators and fellow students to consolidate learnings and ask questions.

During the course you will learn about:

  • HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C with particular reference to epidemiology, transmission, management options and prevention
  • The different tests available to correctly diagnose HIV hepatitis B and hepatitis C, testing intervals post exposure and window periods for testing
  • Post incident pre- and post-test discussion following an potential exposure
  • The personal impact and medical consequences of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C
  • Conducting a risk assessment for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C
  • Strategies and resources for effective health promotion and prevention education
  • Basic counselling skills including listening, questioning, reflecting and summarising

The course cost is $350 for the 6-week online course and compulsory webinar

Book now for the next course on the 29 July 2022 or join the EOI list for future courses.