Course Date(s)

Course Date(s) Duration Location Availability
Wed 22 NovThu 23 Nov 2017 2 days Box Hill Open now


A course that qualifies you to offer blood borne virus screening, in accordance with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

Course Overview

This two day short course trains health workers in providing information and support to those undergoing testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C and other blood-borne viruses.

Course content

Lectures, demonstrations, workshops, role-plays, group work and assessments address the following topics:

  • blood-borne virus overview
  • blood-borne viruses - clinical considerations
  • living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • living with hepatitis C (HCV)
  • pre-test discussion
  • counselling and communication skills
  • post-test results and information

The course will require pre-reading and self-directed research prior to attendance.

Who would benefit from this course?

This course is open to people working in health and community services situations where testing for HIV and other blood-borne viruses is carried out. Professionals from a broad range of areas are encouraged to enrol, including midwifery, nursing, adolescent health, Aboriginal health, the justice system, community health and general practice. 

Entry requirements / Eligibility

Completion of pre-reading and self-directed research prior to attendance.

This course is open to workers who have existing experience in a sexual health counselling and/or information provision role. Participants should be working or preparing to work in health and community service environments where testing for HIV, HBV and/or HCV is offered. Applicants will need to possess a capacity for self-reflection, a willingness to develop their interpersonal skills and a willingness to fully participate in the learning modalities. An ability to communicate fluently in English is necessary as all course components and modalities are conducted in English.  Applicants require strong interpersonal and communication skills and the capacity to interact with clients in a non-judgmental fashion.  


Participants must attend the two day workshop, participate in group activities and role plays, and successfully complete all assessment tasks as described below:

  • Online training package prior to course attendance
  • Role play risk assessment and provision of results


The Course in Health (HIV & Hepatitis C Test Advisor) addresses the unit of competency: 22056VIC. Provide information and support to clients before and after testing for HIV and other blood-borne viruses.

Successful completion of this course represents competency required to become a person of prescribed class under the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 and the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. A person of prescribed class is authorised to deliver a positive HIV test result and provide the prescribed information as defined in the regulations. 

Accreditation / Recognition

This course is accredited through the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA).


2017 Cost: $730 (GST free), including morning and afternoon tea.


To register for this course, please submit your expression of interest via the Enquire button below.

Upon receiving your expression of interest, we will forward to you both the:

  • Student Handbook
  • Registration form

Upon receiving your completed registration form, we will finalise full payment and confirm your enrollment.

For information regarding cancellation, please refer to our terms & conditions.


Wed 22 NovThu 23 Nov 2017

901 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

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Clinical & Community Education Unit

Telephone: 03 9257 0129 

Fax: 03 9257 0111