Govt/Policy

Conveying a Positive HIV Test Result

A brief guide for health professionals when conveying an HIV positive result, including within the context of point of care testing and when encountering challenging cases.

Discussion Document to 2011 National HIV Testing Policy v1

This discussion document reflects the process undertaken by the Expert Reference Committee who reviewed the 2006 National HIV Testing Policy from December through to May 2011. It reflects a time and place in the review process where content was removed from the policy and the decision to use hyperlinks within the policy to re-direct the reader to supporting documents was made. This allowed for significant changes to the 2006 policy to occur. This document should only be used as evidence of this process and does not include all the recent changes which have since been made to the policy.

HIV Antibody Testing by Laboratories in NSW

Jurisdiction: NSW Health Date: 2006 The document states current policy on testing for HIV including the changes arising from Medical Benefits Schedule listing of HIV antibody testing in November 2005. Issues covered include the principles for HIV testing, the HIV testing classification, authorisation of laboratories to perform standard testing, reference testing, the role of medical practitioners and registered nurses, confidentiality and payment.

HIV Australia. Volume 9 Number 1

Virus in the system: keeping watch on the health of Australia’s prisons This issue of HIV Australia focuses on blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) within the prison system. Contributors examine surveillance and management of STIs, BBVs and other health issues in Australian correctional facilities, identifying current successes and gaps – particularly in relation to communities that are disproportionately affected.

Management of Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis B Virus and Hepatitis C Virus Infected Health Care Workers Policy

Jurisdiction: ACT Health Date: 1999 This policy has been developed with reference to other Australian State and Territory Health Department guidelines, as well as the National Health and Medical Research Councils (NHMRC) recommendations. These recommendations state that health care workers undertaking exposure prone procedures should be aware of their infectious status in regard to blood borne diseases.

Notification of infection diseases under the public health act 1991

Jurisdiction: NSW Health Date: 2006 Lists the diseases to be notified under the Public Health Act 1991 and the notification procedures.

Rapid HIV tests: guidelines for use in HIV testing and counselling services in resource- constrained settings

This document reviews the characteristics of rapid HIV tests which make them suitable for HIV testing and counselling services and discusses practical aspects of their use. Consideration is given to counselling issues, the advantages of rapid tests and the precautions necessary in using them. Testing algorithms for the use of rapid tests and current WHO recommendations are presented. Although rapid HIV tests have been developed which use saliva and urine, this document concentrates on tests involving the use of whole blood, serum or plasma.

 

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Development of this site and the 2014 and 2017 revisions of the testing policies was supported by: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing