ASHM offers a range of face-to-face, webinar and online training courses specifically designed for health professionals and any other specific workforces that require hepatitis C education and training.  

ASHM tailors training courses to address the specific needs of the audience and epidemiology and service practicalities of the locality in which it is delivered. We use local experts to deliver the training wherever possible.   

We can develop and tailor courses to meet your specific needs. Please contact ASHM​ if you would like to discuss customised training for your workforce. 

Face-to-face training

Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) Frontline Workers have a crucial and unique role to play in the elimination of HCV in Australia.  This comprehensive education program is targeted towards those working at the frontline of primary, secondary and pharmacy NSPs; and aims to provide participants with the confidence to initiate conversations around HCV in the NSP and provide appropriate referral to health services for HCV testing and treatment.

The program includes an online learning module followed by an interactive workshop enabling collaboration amongst participants through case study discussions, and self and group reflection activities around addressing challenges to providing HCV education in the NSP.

After completing all components of this course, participants will have an understanding of HCV prevention and natural history, how to start the conversation around HCV, HCV testing and liver disease assessment, treatment options for HCV, and how to continue engagement with people in the NSP around HCV.

Duration:  1.5 hour online learning module + 3 hour face-to-face workshop

A comprehensive education program for medical practitioners wishing to prescribe HCV treatment independently. The program includes a predisposing case study activity, online learning module, full day face-face workshop and reinforcing activity. Through case study discussions, this interactive workshop covers diagnosis and assessment, treatment decisions, monitoring during and post-treatment, and special issues such as; resistance, treating HCV in renal patients, HIV-HCV co-infection, HBV reactivation and risk of HCC during /after DAA therapy for HCV.  

Duration:  2.5 hour online learning module + 5 hour face-face workshop

CPD:  Active Learning Module: 40 Category 1 RACGP QI & CPD points

A comprehensive education program for practitioners working in drug and alcohol settings or with people who inject drugs. The program is designed to provide participants with the confidence and clinical decision-making skills to be able to increase testing and linkage to HCV care in their practice, and to prescribe DAA therapy either independently or in consultation with a specialist.  

The program includes an online learning module and an interactive workshop enabling practical and collaborative application of HCV management principles through case study discussions. 

Duration:  2.5 hour online learning module  + 6 hour face-face workshop 

CPD:  Active Learning Module: 40 Category 1 RACGP QI & CPD points| 6.5 hours CPD (ACN endorsed)

 

An introductory course for GPS, nurses and other primary care based practitioners covering; HCV epidemiology, identifying priority populations for testing, interpreting test results and diagnosis, pre-treatment assessment, evaluating liver fibrosis, treatment for hepatitis C, mechanisms for prescribing (either independently or in consultation with a specialist), monitoring and follow-up.  

Duration:  2.5 hours face-face workshop

CPD:  4 Category 2 RACGP QI & CPD points

 

This 2 day face to face course is designed for nurses working in Primary Health Care settings including General Practice, Corrective Services, Drug and Alcohol services, mental health services.  The program content is delivered through presentations and case discussions that introduce the epidemiology and natural history of HCV, population groups to consider for screening, testing and the nurses role in case finding, assessment for treatment, fibrosis assessment, advanced liver disease, stigma and discrimination. 

Duration:  1 hour online learning module + 2 days face-face workshop 

CPD: 10.25 hours CPD (APNA and ACN endorsed activity) Certificate of attendance provided

 

Online training

This online learning module consists of 4 individual modules covering: prevention and starting the conversation around HCV; HCV testing; treatment for HCV; and ongoing engagement with people in the NSP. These modules are designed for those working at the frontline of the NSP, with the goal of increasing ability and confidence to have conversations around HCV in the NSP and to link people to appropriate health services.  

Duration:  1.5 hours  

Link:https://lms.ashm.org.au/enrol/index.php?id=1202

 

This online learning module consists of 4 individual modules covering; HCV epidemiology, prevention and natural history; HCV testing and liver disease staging; Treatment options for HCV; and Monitoring, adherence and post-treatment follow-up. These modules are designed for medical practitioners working in drug and alcohol settings or with people who inject drugs.  

Duration:  2 hours  

Link:https://lms.ashm.org.au/course/explore_courses.php?categoryid=91

 

Part 1 of this online learning consists of 4 individual modules covering; HCV epidemiology, prevention and natural history; HCV testing and liver disease staging; Treatment options for HCV; and Monitoring, adherence and post-treatment follow-up. These modules are designed for medical practitioners, nurses and other health care professionals working in primary care settings.  

Duration:  2.5 hours 

Part 2 of the eLearning is a case-based Refresher Module that aims to reinforce the assessment, management, treatment selection and monitoring for people with chronic  hepatitis C.    

Duration: 30 mins 

Link: https://lms.ashm.org.au/course/view.php?id=1203

Developed by AIVL, the ‘Normal Day’ podcast series and resources features conversations between healthcare professionals and people who use drugs on the challenges and misunderstandings that sometimes occur within the clinical relationship. The six-part series includes interviews with GPs, pharmacists, researchers, emergency room physicians and GP receptionists who provide unique insights and rarely heard perspectives.  

Duration: 1.5 hours 

Link: https://lms.ashm.org.au/course/view.php?id=1190

 

 

Webinars

ASHM is experienced in the delivery of webinars and provides opportunities for health professionals to access ASHM and partner organisation training remotely. Existing webinars cover clinical skill development, health promotion and research dissemination. Participants can register and ‘attend’ online to enable them to interact with presenters or can access recordings at any time for convenience.    

Find a webinar happening soon or access a webinar recording.

 

International Collaborations

ASHM has collaborated with the International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU) to adapt and deliver the Hepatitis C in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program, internationally. 

INHSU is a not-for-profit, member-based organisation dedicated to scientific knowledge exchange, knowledge translation, and advocacy focused on HCV prevention and care among people who use drugs. To find out more please visit www.inhsu.org

In close partnership with local organisations, ASHM and INHSU tailor and translate the education program to ensure materials and resources meet the needs of practitioners, are in-line with local guidelines and appropriately support increased HCV screening, linkage-to-care and treatment for people living with HCV.