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Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.

Poster Review: Primary Health Care Nurses-STI Testing

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Nurses on Placement: Primary Health Care Nurses undertaking Clinical Placements at Publicly Funded Sexual Health Services: Can it be done? Is it worthwhile? Lead author: Desreaux, C.

 

I found this poster very interesting, as STI testing seems to be limited to sexual health services and GP’s. If Primary Health Care Nurses were encouraged and educated to provide testing, would that increase testing rates? Also, how do I get a placement??

 

Introduction

 

The role of Primary Health Care Nurses (PHCN) is underutilised in sexual health care in GP settings. To expand their role, a pilot program was developed in which clinical placements at a publically funded sexual health service were offered. They were supported by mentors/supervisors, during the five half or full day observation placement. A series of questionnaires were completed by the participants and mentors before and afterwards

 

Conclusion

 

The program was well received by the participating nurses and mentors/supervisors. It is hoped that more support can be provided to the PHCN to undertake the placements and implement changes in the GP practice.

 

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