In late August, Training and Development Program Officer Reena D'Souza (pictured presenting above) delivered a two hour training session at Acacia Prison*. The session covered the understanding of BBV's in prison from a global and Australian perspective; an update on HIV in 2016 globally and nationally; and how to do an effective Pre and Post Test Discussion.
The presentation was tailormade through frequent communication with staff prior to the training and involved extensive research on studies in prisons around the world and Australia on the effects of BBV’s in this setting.
The training was delivered to a diverse group of over 20 staff that included doctors, nurses and non-clinical support staff. Training was very well received and the feedback was all positive. Staff were impressed with how the information was presented in a very interesting and understandable fashion.
Acacia's health centre coordinator is looking into other avenues the WA AIDS Council can provide further education to other non medical staff such as prison officers, and perhaps in future, the prisoners. The WA AIDS Council will continue to seek opportunities to deliver training to other prisons in the current calendar year.
*Not pictured above
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