Guideline

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).

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

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.

Requirements for Laboratory Testing of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) (Third Edition 2013)

This article defines requirements for Laboratory testing of Antibodies to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV).

Note: Original article cannot be found so added this temp one instead, please confirm new link [National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council Requirements for Laboratory Testing for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) (Second Edition 2009)]

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners standards for general practice (4th Edition)

The RACGP Standards are developed by the profession for the profession and provide a template for quality care and risk management in Australian general practice.

UK National Guidelines for HIV Testing 2008

These guidelines provide the information needed to enable any clinician to perform an HIV test within good clinical practice and encourage ’normalisation‘ of HIV testing. This guidance refers to both diagnostic testing of individuals presenting with ‘clinical indicator diseases’ (i.e. where HIV infection enters the differential diagnosis) and opportunistic screening of populations where this is indicated on the basis of prevalence data. We also include an appendix on the provision of community-based HIV testing (Appendix 3).

 

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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