​Summary

  • Improved treatment options mean that HIV is now considered a chronic condition.
  • GPs, specialists, nurses, allied health and support services are involved in managing people living with HIV.
  • HIV management using a 'shared care' model involves team-based interdisciplinary communication and planning.
  • ASHM has developed resources and training to enhance communication within the shared care framework.
  • View the HIV Shared Care for GPs flowchart

 

Definition of Shared Care

HIV shared care is the joint participation of GPs and specialists in the planned delivery of HIV care informed by an adequate education program and information exchange over and above routine referral letters.1

 

With continually improving treatment options, HIV infection is now considered a chronic condition. People living with HIV can expect to live long and productive lives and HIV infection can be managed using a team-based interdisciplinary - ‘shared care’ - approach involving GPs, specialists, nurses, allied health and specialist support services.

This shift to a chronic disease model means there is an increasingly important role for GPs and primary health care nurses to ensure that patients are offered comprehensive preventative care based on national guidelines. 

HIV shared care for GPs aims to increase the capacity of the primary care workforce to engage in HIV management. It does this through:

 

HIV Shared Care Training Options

GPs with an interest in HIV Shared Care are encouraged to complete an ASHM HIV education.

There are two online education options available for GPs ASHM’s Online Learning Management System (LMS): 

We recommend that GPs undertake all three courses to gain competence in managing the chronic disease needs of people living with HIV in their general practice.

 

Reference

  1. ​​Adapted from: Hickmann M, Drummond N, Grimshaw J: A taxonomy of shared care for chronic disease. Journal of Public Health Medicine 16:4 -447-454, 1994