Emily Wheeler, Nursing Program Manager, ASHM
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.
Nurses: a hep B resource in the community
Tracey Cabrie, hep B CNC, presented this morning on the Integrated Hepatitis B Service, a pilot program based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The program was set up with funding from the Department of Health Victoria, received following significant advocacy work from General Practice Victoria (GPV) and others in the sector.
There are 2 hepatitis B CNCs working part time in the role (0.6 FTE in total) to build capacity and support GPs in high prevalence areas of
Melbourne, to care for patients with chronic hepatitis B. The GPs/clinics collaborating in the pilot have high caseloads and are keen to be involved. A parallel ground swell of hepatitis B education is also providing primary care, more broadly, with the skills to upscale management and care.