GPs

A GP’s duty to follow up test results

Medical negligence claims alleging ‘failure to diagnose’ are a common cause of claims against general practitioners. In these claims there is often an underlying weakness in the GP’s test result and patient tracking systems. This article discusses the duty of care of a GP to follow up patients and their test results. Guidance is provided on how to establish an effective test result tracking

Australasian Contact Tracing Manual

A practical handbook for health care providers managing people with HIV, viral hepatitis, STIs and HIV-related tuberculosis.

Australian Family Physician - Contact tracing

Australian Family Physician Vol 41, (3) 128 - 132 Contact tracing for STIs – new resources and supportive evidence

Clinical indicators for HIV testing in adults

This table has been drafted by the National HIV Testing Policy ERC using the UK National Guidelines for HIV Testing 2008 and the HIV Indicator Conditions: Guidance for Implementing HIV Testing in Adults in Health Care Setting from HIV in Europe to include Australian indicators for Adult HIV Infection.

Common Blood Tests for Managing HIV

Date: January 2010 A summary of HIV tests which to help inform treatment decisions

Conveying a Negative HIV Test Result

A brief guide for health professionals when providing a negative HIV result, including challenging cases

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.

Gaining informed consent and conveying a result

Short notes on powerpoint slides around gaining informed consent prior to testing (previously called pre-test discussion) and conveying test results (previously called post-test discussion). These slides may be freely used

Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors Australia

‘The code’ describes what is expected of all doctors registered to practise medicine in Australia. It sets out the principles that characterise good medical practice and makes explicit the standards of ethical and professional conduct expected of doctors by their professional peers and the community. When testing sexual partners or family member for HIV refer to section 9.2 (yourself); 9.3 (colleagues) and 3.14 (personal relationships).

HIV and STIs Testing Services at WAAC – an Overview

A summary of the services provided by WAAC, specifically the M Clinic, a new HIV and STIs testing service for gay and other MSM. The model of care provided by this clinic helped to inform the review and inclusion of point of care testing into the 2011 National HIV Testing 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.

Informed Consent and HIV

A summary of best practice and a checklist of key features to include in a discussion to gain informed consent for those carrying out HIV testing. (PDF, 83 KB)

Interpreting hepatitis B serology: Recommended wording for national laboratories to report hepatitis B diagnostic test results

A resource to be used as a guide by pathology providers, with recommendations for best practice  nterpretive comments when reporting results for hepatitis B serology

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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