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AMA training session a success

By Reena D’Souza
Training and Development Officer

As part of the professional development sessions offered to doctors for the calendar year, we were invited to speak at the Australian Medical Association (AMA). At the conclusion of the presentation we are thrilled to report that the majority of attendees indicated increased awareness and understanding of current best practise testing and treatment options for HIV.

The turnout was fantastic with forty doctors signing up for the accredited 2 hour session. Tailored to suit the audiences level of knowledge, content covered a range of topics including recent HIV global and national and WA epidemiology, transmission, treatments, Treatment as Prevention (TasP), Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PreP), Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), various studies, stigma and discrimination, confidentiality and disclosure.

There was a high level of engagement throughout the session and feedback from the session evaluation reaffirmed this.

When asked what the main benefits or important aspects of the training were, responses included an awareness and understanding of TasP; simple ways to communicate to patients about it; importance of non-judgmental /non-presumptive language; and updates on recent studies on HIV/AIDS.

Overall the session was a success, and we very much look forward to working with the AMA on future presentations.

If you would like to organise training for your organisation please contact Reena via email rdsouza@waaids.com or phone 9482 0000.

This article was featured in April's eNewsletter.
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About the WA AIDS Council Training and Development Program

The WA AIDS Council has been delivering education and information updates to professional groups for over 20 years. Training and development, through professional group training, seeks to develop, maintain and strengthen strategic partnerships with relevant key agencies, organisations and professions (including education, scientific, health and research sector organisations) which represent or provide services to priority target groups. We will increase commitment and capacity of mainstream organisations to provide and/or support HIV, STI and BBV education and prevention and care and support service provision where applicable.

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