Blood Borne Virus Program Update - August 2018

News from HIV and viral hepatitis research, resources, projects, events and services in Victoria from the BBV Program at ARCSHS

The BBV Sector Development Program has commenced a new two year project working with the Integrated Hepatitis C Nurse (IHCN) Service. This project, led by Emily Lenton, will work with the IHCNs, and other stakeholders to collaboratively develop a framework of contemporary nurse-led model of hepatitis C care. The aim of this project is to increase the capacity of primary health services to manage hepatitis C care, and to integrate hepatitis C testing and treatment in community-based settings.

Following the release of HIV and hepatitis pre and post test discussion in Victoria: consultation report in November 2017, dissemination and implementation activities are well underway. The ‘Talking Testing’ series of practice tools, which support GPs to initiate and normalise HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C testing in generalist settings, are nearing completion and will be launched on 16th October.

As part of local World Hepatitis Day activities, the BBV Sector Development Program, together with other members of the Victorian Hepatitis B Alliance, delivered the multidisciplinary 10th Annual Spotlight on Hepatitis B Forum at the Doherty Institute. Jen presented on the topic of ‘Talking about testing – hepatitis B pre and post test discussion’. Jen also wrote this piece exploring the importance of World Hepatitis Day in 2018.

The new HIV Intersections Community of Practice has commenced, with its third meeting held in August 2018. This initiative aims to support practitioners, programs and agencies as they reorient their work in HIV towards underserved communities, and to strengthen and broaden collaborations within and beyond the current HIV response in Victoria.

For more information on any of the above, or to join the mailing list of the BBV Sector Development Program, please email us at bbv_program@latrobe.edu.au

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