VHHITAL is the Victorian HIV and Hepatitis Integrated Training And Learning program.

What is VHHITAL?

VHHITAL delivers comprehensive education and training for the primary health care workforce for the diagnosis, treatment and management of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections (STI). 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 the capacity of the general practice workforce to screen, treat and manage HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and STIs
  • improve alignment of general practitioners with priority populations and areas of high prevalence for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and STIs
  • improve access to community testing and prescribing for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and STIs
  • improve networking opportunities for prescribers.

View the VHHITAL summary dashboard: 2016–2019 for an overview of recent VHHITAL achievements.

VHHITAL's response to the syphilis epidemic in Victoria.

If GPs can recognise the signs of potential HIV infection, they'll test for HIV. This will mean more people get access to better care, earlier.

Not enough people living with hepatitis B are receiving the treatment they need – and many are undiagnosed.

Watch this video to learn more about VHHITAL.

Upcoming VHHITAL events

VHHITAL training is delivered throughout Victoria. To find out about upcoming events, sign up to the VHHITAL mailing list by emailing vhhital@nwmphn.org.au, or see the events calendars below.

View upcoming VHHITAL events

View the statewide BBV and STI events calendar

Online modules

PrEP in practice

Guidance for GPs (40–60 minutes). This online module guides GPs to better understand and safely prescribe PrEP. Note: If you are a first-time user of the ASHM Learning Management System, you will first be directed to register as a new system user.

Curing hepatitis C. Your role as a GP (60 minutes). This online module is designed to educate GPs on how to assess patients with hepatitis C prior to initiating treatment and assist with the selection of an appropriate direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agent.

LiverWell app and PozQOL Scale. Tools for wellbeing for people with blood-borne viruses. Find out all you need to know about the new tools that empower people with chronic conditions to engage with their self-monitoring and health maintenance.

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Consortium partners

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

The program is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and is delivered and managed through a consortium comprising North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN), the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM), Alfred Health, and the Doherty Institute.