Sexual health and blood-borne viruses – workforce development

This page provides information for any professional whose work involves sexual health and/or blood-borne viruses.

A range of courses and events are available to professionals working in the area of sexual health and/or blood-borne viruses. Learn more about upcoming training opportunities on our Sexual health and blood-borne viruses training calendar.

Bursaries and scholarships

Nurse practitioner scholarships

Scholarships are available to help registered nurses and midwives working in the Western Australian public health system to study sexual health and/or blood-borne virus specialisation courses at nurse practitioner level to increase their working knowledge.

The course must be undertaken at a Western Australian tertiary institution or recognised organisation.

The value of scholarships varies depending on the cost of the course and the number of successful applicants.

If the demand for the scholarships exceeds funding, priority will be given to nurses and midwives with more than 2 years post registration experience.

Download a nurse practitioner scholarship application form (Word 88KB).

Government and non-government organisations

Professional development bursary

The Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program (SHBBVP) has limited funds available to help people employed within government and non-government organisations to attend sexual health and/or blood-borne virus related workforce education and training.

People working within Western Australia (WA) are eligible to apply for a training bursary. Conference attendance will not be considered under this bursary program.

Download a professional development bursary application form (Word 338KB).

Organisation development grant

The SHBBVP has limited funds available to assist government services and non-government organisations to apply for an organisation development grant to improve or develop sexual health and/or blood-borne virus related workforce training or services.

Only services based within WA are eligible to apply for a grant. Conference attendance will not be considered under this grant program.

Download an organisation development grant application form (Word 336KB).

Sexual health post-graduate scholarships

Two scholarships are available to assist post-graduate or honours degree students undertake applied research and evaluation of sexual health and/or blood-borne virus (HIV, hepatitis C or hepatitis B) related projects.

The research project must have a public health or social research focus that will contribute to the prevention of sexually transmitted infections or blood-borne viruses.

For more information read the sexual health post-graduate scholarship form (PDF 112KB).

Rural nurse clinical training update bursary

The South Terrace Clinic at Fremantle Hospital, with the support of the SHBBVP, provides training updates on sexually transmitted infection and blood-borne virus clinical management for rural and remote nurses in WA.

Each year, this training is provided for up to 4 registered nurses working in rural and remote settings in WA at a suitable time for South Terrace Clinic staff and the rural nurse.

The training is delivered over 3 to 5 days depending on the experience of the nurse.

Download a rural nurse clinical training update bursary application form (Word 347KB).

Employment and volunteering opportunities

Careers in the public sector

The Jobs WA website (external site) provides information about employment opportunities in the Western Australian public sector, including the Department of Health.

Other opportunities

The WA AIDS Council

The WA AIDS Council (external site) delivers several programs that require help from volunteers and professionals.

Volunteer opportunities at the WA AIDS Council include:

  • the Needle and Syringe Exchange Program mobile van
  • HIV/AIDS education
  • K.I.S.S. (Keep It Safe Summer).

HepatitisWA

HepatitisWA (external site) is committed to engaging with the community and providing volunteer opportunities for people with its telephone information line, health promotion events and community education.

Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ)

Read about current employment opportunities with Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ) (external site).

Professional networks

The WA Sexual Health Network

The WA Sexual Health Network (external site) is coordinated by Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ) (external site) and is open to anyone in Western Australia whose work involves sexual health.

The network distributes current information on sexual health issues, by email and mail, and enables people to:

  • share experiences, challenges, success stories and resources
  • support each other
  • reduce professional isolation.

Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine

The Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (external site) is a chapter within the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

For more information email: shmed@racp.edu.au.

Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)

The Australian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) (external site) is a key partner in the Australian response to HIV, hepatitis and related diseases. The society works closely with government, advisory bodies, community agencies and other professional organisations.

WA Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Applied Research and Evaluation Network (SiREN)

The Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Applied Research and Evaluation Network (SiREN) is an applied research network that aims to strengthen existing, and create new, partnerships by promoting and facilitating WA-based applied research and evaluation relating to the prevention and control of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs).

For more information email: siren@curtin.edu.au.

Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) related training

Under the Poisons Regulations 1965 (external site) NSP Coordinators are required to ensure that all persons providing NSP are appropriately instructed and trained, and understand the requirements of the program. The Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program (SHBBVP) will ensure that access to NSP training is available to NSP coordinators and staff.

NSP information pack

At a minimum, it is suggested NSP workers are familiar with the material in the NSP information pack, including the NSP guidelines, pamphlets and factsheets.

Online training packages

The SHBBVP, in collaboration with the Workforce Development Branch of the Mental Health Commission (MHC), has developed two online training packages for the NSP sector.

Annual NSP training

Each year the SHBBVP runs a 2-day NSP training program, presented collaboratively with the Workforce Development Branch, MHC. The program covers topics including:

  • harm reduction principles
  • blood-borne viruses
  • safer injecting
  • models of drug use
  • communication with clients
  • presentations by speakers from HepatitisWA, the Western Australian Substance Users’ Association and the WA AIDS Council.

Details of the next NSP training course will be circulated to NSP coordinators.

NSP training as required

NSP coordinators and staff are invited to request NSP-related education and training through the SHBBVP (email: NSP@health.wa.gov.au). This training can be presented in collaboration with organisations such as HepatitisWA, the WA Substance Users’ Association and the WA AIDS Council.

Other training and courses

Many non-government organisations in WA deliver education and training to those working in the field of sexual health and blood-borne viruses. These include:

Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) education and training

ASHM delivers a range of online education and training opportunities (external site) including courses about HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses.

The WA Department of Health funds ASHM to provide a range of training opportunities for GPs and other primary healthcare providers in WA. More information can be accessed via the ASHM external site above.

Edith Cowan University (ECU) viral hepatitis online education project

ECU and the SHBBVP have developed a hepatitis online educational program (external site) for GPs and nurses interested in extending their knowledge of hepatitis B and C.

For GPs the online hepatitis B and C programs are accredited with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development Program.

GPs who complete all 3 hepatitis C modules can apply for s100 prescriber status for the antiviral drugs pegylated interferon and ribavirin, prescribed in conjunction with a tertiary liver clinic.

For nurses the online learning programs have been endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA), according to approved criteria.

Edith Cowan University (ECU) STI e-learning: A resource for health professionals

Funded by the WA Department of Health this free online learning program (external site) increases the knowledge and skills of medical practitioners, nurses and other professionals in WA to effectively manage sexually transmitted infections.

The 'special module' of this online program is designed to train rural and remote nurses in Western Australia to provide treatment of sexually transmitted infections (chlamydia and gonorrhoea) to patients 16 years or above in accordance with the operational policies of the WA Department of Health. An assessment is completed at the end of the module.

For nurses this online learning program has been endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) according to approved criteria.

Curtin University – Teacher training for school-based sexual health education

Curtin University offers training courses for school teachers and undergraduate education student teachers to enable them to deliver quality, evidence-based sexuality and relationships education. Courses incorporate professional development for current teachers, specialised training for Bachelor of Education students and a biennial symposium showcasing current efforts in school-based sexual health education. School health nurses may participate in training where appropriate.

Visit the Curtin University, School of Public Health – Short Courses (external site) for more information.

Provision of Teacher Relief coverage and travel grants for school teachers participating in professional development and training in school-based sexual health education

Curtin University offers a range of training opportunities in school-based sexuality and relationships education for teachers. To further enable participation, teachers can apply for coverage of some costs of teacher relief for their school. Rural and remote area teachers can also apply to have expenses covered to enable travel to Perth for training. Applications for this funding can be made as part of the normal registration process for each event.

Visit the Curtin University, School of Public Health – Short Courses (external site) for more information.

Your cultural lens

Your cultural lens (external site) is an interactive training resource which was developed by the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre to help people talk about sexual health and blood-borne viruses with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

Contact us

Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program

Address:

  • Grace Vaughan House
    227 Stubbs Terrace, Shenton Park, WA 6008

Postal address:

  • Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program
    Department of Health WA
    PO Box 8172, Perth Business Centre, Perth, WA 6849
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