Below are details of sexual health and blood-borne virus training, events and online forums hosted by a number of different organisations for Western Australian health professionals. There is also information about financial support available for workforce development.
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- Online learning
The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) delivers a range of online education and training opportunities including courses about HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses.
Edith Cowan University and the Sexual Health and Blood-Borne Virus Program (WA Health) have developed a hepatitis online educational program 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 Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development Program.
For nurses the online learning programs have been endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing according to approved criteria.
Funded by the WA Department of Health this free online learning program increases the knowledge and skills of medical practitioners, nurses and other professionals in WA to effectively manage sexually transmissible infections.
The 'special module' of this online program is designed to train rural and remote nurses in WA to provide treatment for sexually transmissible 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 according to approved criteria.
Your Cultural Lens is an interactive training resource originally developed by the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre (with funding from WA Health). This online resource aims to promote cross-cultural communication about sexual health and blood-borne viruses.
- Face to face training
Many non-government organisations in WA deliver education and training to those working in the field of sexual health and blood-borne viruses. Visit the SHBBVP training calendar (external site) for details of sexual health and/or blood-borne virus training and events available to staff in WA.
- Networking forums
Many people working in or around sexual health can feel quite isolated and find it hard to get the support, current information and resources needed to meet the local need. The WA Sexual Health Network (external site) aims to reduce this isolation. The Network has a strong focus on Aboriginal health issues. There is an emphasis on providing support to Aboriginal people who work in sexual health and to rural and remote workers in their role in sexual health. In addition to disseminating useful information, the Forum has an eYarning feature.
- Bursaries, grants and scholarships
Nurse practitioner scholarships
Scholarships are available to help registered nurses and midwives working in the WA 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 WA 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 two years post registration experience.
Download a nurse practitioner scholarship application form (Word 88KB).
Professional development bursary
The Sexual Health and Blood-Borne Virus Program (WA Health) 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 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).
Organisational development grant
The Sexual Health and Blood-Borne Virus Program (WA Health) 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).