HIV is a manageable chronic condition and, with treatment, people are expected to have a near normal life expectancy.
Most new cases of HIV in Australia are diagnosed in primary care, and much of the person’s care will also occur in primary care. The launch of the statewide HIV pathways will improve general practice capacity to screen, treat and manage HIV.
In a partnership with the Statewide HIV Health Service at Alfred Health, Victorian HIV and Hepatitis Integrated Training and Learning Program (VHHITAL) and the Victorian and Tasmanian PHN Alliance, comprehensive HIV HealthPathways have been launched in each Victorian PHN.
The pathways were created through a collaboration between HIV specialists from the Alfred HIV Service, experienced GP HIV s100 Prescriber, specialist medical writers and the HealthPathways Melbourne team from the Primary Health Networks.
The suite of pages assist general practice to support their patients with prevention, screening, diagnosis and lifelong with the following information:
General practitioners are encouraged to increase their confidence to manage patients with HIV in their practice and can undertake funded prescriber accreditation courses, that include a mentoring program, with the VHHITAL program throughout the year.
If you are interested in becoming a HIV s100 Prescriber, please contact VHHITAL@nwmphn.org.au