02 October 2017

Innovative training program to better support people with HIV in aged care settings

A nationally-accredited training program for frontline aged care staff who provide support to people with HIV in aged-care settings is now available.

With newer, better-tolerated antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV is now considered a chronic condition that can be easily managed. As a result, people with HIV are living longer and will require access to residential aged-care as they reach older age.

The first nationally-accredited program of its kind, it focuses on the skills and knowledge required to provide support to people with HIV in a variety of aged-care settings.

The program was funded by the WA Department of Health, and developed by the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) in consultation with a range of stakeholders.

Manager Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program, Lisa Bastian said that the innovative program was funded as it would benefit Western Australians, as well as older people living with HIV across the nation.

“The program will provide aged-care workers with the knowledge and skills they require to manage HIV-related social and physical health needs of residents, in an environment free from stigma and discrimination,” she said.

“It aligns with the WA Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Strategies 2015-2018, which works towards ambitious targets to prevent, test, treat and minimise the personal and social impact of blood-borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections.”

Read the WA HIV Strategy 2015-2018 or visit www.ashm.org.au (external site) for more information on this training program.

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