87474 - Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program
- : Online
The Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program is delivered in three parts: Part 1 consists of an eLearning component introducing the learner to topics related to the assessment, management and treatment of hepatitis C. Part 2 consists of a highly interactive face-to-face workshop building on the knowledge and skills gained in Part 1 by enabling practical and collaborative application of concepts and theory through case discussions and simulation-based models facilitated by experts in the field. Part 3 consists of a tailored capacity strengthening toolkit including: a checklist for the assessment and treatment of HCV in drug and alcohol settings; local referral pathways; FibroScan® access forms; an assessment pro forma; and quick reference guides.Relevance to General Practice
People who inject drugs (PWID) account for the majority of new (90%) and existing (65-70%) cases of HCV in many high- and middle-income countries. Drug and alcohol settings and GP practices working with PWID are logical venues for expanding HCV care, given the large burden of HCV infection and an existing framework for the provision of quality patient care to PWID.
This Education Program is designed to enable GPs to demonstrate their competency in management and treatment of hepatitis C. GPs, who successfully complete all components of this course including the online assessment, will have the confidence, knowledge and clinical decision-making skills to effectively test for, treat and manage HCV infection.
By providing participants with tailored testing and management protocols based on local referral pathways and through engaging local expert speakers, the Program will also enhance linkages between primary health and specialist viral hepatitis services.