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

ADF fact sheet for applicants

Information on blood-borne viruses and testing requirements for people who wish to join the Australian Defence Force.

Analytical goals for point-of-care testing used for diabetes management in Australian health care settings outside the laboratory

This article focuses on setting analytical goals (quality specifications) for the imprecision, bias, and total allowable error of these selected POC tests in the public health environment in Australia. The article reviews published data on analytical goal setting for laboratory tests, considers the factors that set POCT apart from the laboratory, compares laboratory-based analytical goals with state-of-the-art performance, and then sets analytical goals that are designed to be relevant for non laboratory POCT environment.

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

Australian National HIV Testing Policy v1 (Archived)

This Policy was written by the National HIV Testing Policy Expert Reference Committee – a joint working party of the Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Standing Committee (BBVSS) of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). Please note that this version has been superseded.

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.

Evaluation of a training program for device operators in the Australian Government's Point of Care Testing in General Practice Trial: issues and implications for rural and remote practices

A point-of-care testing in the General Practice Trial was underpinned by a quality management framework which included an on-going training and competency program for PoCT device operators. This article describes the design, implementation and results of the training and competency program. Results of the evaluation showed rural and remote practices have a greater need for training and support compared to their urban counterparts and may require more flexible training options to cater for much higher rates of staff turnover.

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

Gay men's guide to sexual health checks

Date: July 2009; Sexual health checks are simple and painless. If you go to a sexual health clinic the testing will be free, if you go to a doctor there may be a charge unless the doctor bulk bills.

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).

High rates of undiagnosed infection in gay men in Melbourne

High Rates of Undiagnosed HIV Infections in a Community Sample of Gay Men in Melbourne, Australia. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2012;59:94–99 In this study, Pedrana et al found almost a third of HIV-positive men were unaware of their HIV status,and of these men, a large proportion engaged in high-risk behaviors.


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.

HIV Result Giving. Is it time to change our thinking?

Study assessed the number of patients who returned for HIV test results to Royal Prince Alfred Sexual Health Clinic in Sydney, Australia, and predictors of return. It concludes that the current NSW Health policy is failing to achieve high levels of HIV post-test discussion. For many patients, giving results by telephone may be a more appropriate strategy to ensure HIV post-test discussion.

HIV results: practice at public sexual health clinics in New South Wales

New South Wales (NSW) Health guidelines recommend all HIV results be given in person, however this practice fails to achieve high levels of result collection. This paper recommends that NSW guidelines require revision to allow clinicians to determine the most effective and efficient mode of HIV result delivery to their patients.

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