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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

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.

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.

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).

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 on the Frontlines of Communities in the U.S. (HIV FOCUS) The Bridge Project Logic Model

This logic model describes a project from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and their key partner agencies - Brothers Health Collaborative (BHC), Beyond Care, MADE and the Chicago Department of Public Health. The project aims to: improve community health planning and population health status, decrease the number of undiagnosed Individuals and the number of late diagnosis of HIV and to ensure more HIV clients are linked to services.

Information for Heterosexual People Living with HIV

Date: January 2010; This fact sheet is designed to provide you with some basic information, to tell you where to find out more, and let you know where to go for support.

Information on adherence and hints to help manage your HIV medications

Date: July 2009; Information on adherence and hints to help manage your HIV medications

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

Medscape - Advances in HIV Testing: What Clinicians Need to Know

CDC Expert Commentary Advances in HIV Testing: What Clinicians Need to Know. Video and written commentary

Next Steps

Date: November 2008 This booklet details how the virus affects your body, offers advice on how to manage your life as an HIV positive person and provides suggestions on how to make decisions around treatments, sex, telling people and your legal rights.

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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