Course overview

This course trains health professionals in providing information and support to those undergoing testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and viral hepatitis.

The course meets the requirements of the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009. Course content addresses the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) National Testing Policies.

Course components

  • Face-to-face training (two days)
  • Online learning and assessment

Course content

  • Blood-borne virus: epidemiology, transmission, management options and prevention
  • Blood-borne virus: testing options
  • Taking a comprehensive client history and risk assessment
  • Living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Living with hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Basic counselling and communication skills
  • Pre-test discussion and information
  • Post-test discussion and information

Entry requirements/eligibility

This course is open to health professionals working in settings where testing for HIV and viral hepatitis is discussed or carried out. The course is most relevant to those working in sexual and community health settings.

Professionals from a range of settings may enrol. This includes, but is not limited to, nursing, adolescent health, Aboriginal health, the justice system, peer work, community health, general practice, infection control and midwifery.

Who would benefit from this course?

All health professionals who provide pre- and post-test information for HIV and viral hepatitis.

Course outcome

  • Family Planning Victoria’s Certificate of Completion: HIV and Viral Hepatitis: pre- and post-test discussion
  • On successful completion of this course participants will be considered 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.


$774 (GST free)


Action Centre, Level 1, 94 Elizabeth street, Melbourne VIC 3000


Contact us

Clinical Education Unit

Telephone: 03 9257 0129 

Fax: 03 9257 0111