HIV s100 community-based Prescribers are required to participate in CPD to maintain accreditation to prescribe s100 HIV drugs in Australia. This is a requirement set out in the Highly Specialised Drugs Program (HSDP) and the National Standard for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Community HIV s100 Prescribers.

To maintain accreditation, Prescribers are required to:

  • Accrue a minimum 7 HIV CPD points annually**
  • Renew their prescribing rights annually
  • Demonstrate that they have an established link with an experienced HIV specialist located at an HIV treatment unit in a public hospital

 ** Community HIV s100 Prescribers accredited in South Australia must accrue 5 out of the 7 total HIV CPD points required from activities held in South Australia

 

Mentoring

In the 12 months following accreditation HIV s100 community Prescribers are required to demonstrate a relationship with a mentor.

The Mentor must be a registered Medical Practitioner currently working in HIV Medicine and needs to have demonstrated ongoing contemporary experience in HIV Medicine and a demonstrated commitment to CPD in HIV Medicine.

The times and reasons for making contact with the mentor will vary and may include assistance with areas such as:

  • The diagnosis of a new patient with HIV.
  • Initiating new treatment regimens.
  • Changing treatment regimens.
  • Suspicion of adverse reactions to antiretroviral therapies.
  • Potential drug interactions.

The new prescriber must seek support from their mentor on a minimum of four occasions within the first 12 months. The continuation of this relationship is encouraged after the initial 12-month period. Prescribers with no current caseload of people living with HIV still are asked to contact their mentor every three months.

 

Award and Accrual of HIV CPD points

The aim of the HIV CPD program is to ensure Prescribers maintain their clinical competency and hence, assist with maintenance of patient safety.

HIV CPD points can be accrued through participation in accredited education activities which may be delivered by ASHM or external CPD providers.

Community Prescribers are required to participate in a variety of HIV CPD accredited activities such as; clinical updates, clinical mentoring, clinical placement, clinical audit, conference attendance or online CPD activities.

Activities include:

  • Pre-adjudicated HIV CPD activities delivered by ASHM and external providers

External organisations may apply to have their educational activities adjudicated for HIV CPD points by ASHM on behalf of and according to the National HIV Standards, Training and Education Committee. Application form can be provided upon request to ASHM HIV Prescriber Team at HIVPrescriber@ashm.org.au.

External providers are required to submit attendance lists and evaluation reports to ASHM so HIV CPD points can be allocated to prescriber attendees. For further details, please contact ASHM HIV Prescriber Team.

  • Self-adjudicated HIV CPD activities

Prescribers can claim directly through ASHM Prescriber portal to have educational activities adjudicated for HIV CPD points. These activities can include HIV updates or non-HIV-specific updates attended that have not previously been adjudicated for HIV CPD points. Learning outcomes will be required to submit with the activity as evidence.

For a detailed breakdown of the points available for specific activities, please refer to the National Standards for the HIV s100 Prescriber Program.

 

HIV Prescriber Support

ASHM works to support HIV prescribers by sending quarterly email bulletins outlining upcoming training opportunities, relevant research and other important sector news.

We offer a robust support network of prescribers around Australia, which includes some of the finest medical practitioners in the country.

ASHM can provide ad hoc support to prescribers with particular needs. If you are a prescriber looking for support, please email HIVprescriber@ashm.org.au and we will assist however we can.

We look forward to welcoming new prescribers.