17 Oct 2017
05:30 PM - 09:00 PM
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Event location
North Western Melbourne PHN - Level 5
369 Royal Parade
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The main objective of this course is to strengthen the capacity of nurses managing patients with chronic viral hepatitis C (CHC), in primary health care settings to effectively test for, treat, support and manage their disease.
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This 3.5 hour, face to face, introductory workshop aimed at nurses currently managing/looking to manage patients with hepatitis C. 

Topics Covered: 
  • Populations at risk of hepatitis C infection
  • Hepatitis C transmission and testing 
  • The role of primary care in diagnosis, management and treatment of advanced liver disease, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. 
  • Current hepatitis C treatments
  • The role of primary health care nurses in hepatitis C diagnosis, management and monitoring support during treatment
  • The negative impact of stigma and discrimination for people with hepatitis C
  • The importance of lifestyle modification factors on hepatitis C progression, including general health and wellbeing
  • Models of Care


Gabrielle Bennet
Gabrielle Bennett is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with experience working in a variety of community settings around the issues of drug use, blood borne viruses, sexual health and primary health care.  She has worked in policy, education, public health and clinical settings.  She has extensive experience in working with marginalised communities and is currently the Victorian Viral Hepatitis Educator at St Vincent’s. 

Lisa Stothers
For the past 6 1/2 years, Lisa Stothers (RN, Post. Grad. Cert. Critical Care) has worked in rural and metropolitan areas providing viral hepatitis treatment and management  to marginalized patients. Her role has also involved  providing support, education & consultative services to GPs and Primary Health Care Nurses to up-skill in hepatitis C management.  Lisa is also involved in hepatitis C research. Current memberships include Prime Study Steering Committee, NWPHN Steering Committee, Eliminate Hepatitis C Partnership Clinical Pathways working group and Education & Training working group.

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