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Nurse Practitioner (NP) prescribing for hepatitis B, C and HIV medicines - PBS changes

Friday 3rd April, 2020

Nurse Practitioner (NP) prescribing for hepatitis B, C and HIV medicines - PBS changes information from ASHM

ASHM is a peak organisation of health professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in HIV, viral hepatitis, other BBVs and sexually transmissible infections. ASHM draws on its experience and expertise to support the health workforce and to contribute to the sector, domestically and internationally.

NP s100 PBS changes

The PBS changes to enable NP prescribing for HIV, hepatitis B and C came in to effect on the 1st April. Legislative changes to the National Health (Highly specialised drugs program) Special Arrangement Amendment (Authorised Nurse Practitioners) Instrument 2020 can be viewed via the following link: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2020L00366

PBS listings acknowledging NPs as authorised prescribers can be viewed under Highly Specialised Drugs Program (Public Hospital) - Alteration – Authorised Prescriber and Highly Specialised Drugs Program (Community Access) – Alterations - Alteration – Authorised Prescriber – via the following link: http://www.pbs.gov.au/browse/changes#633413-prog-title

NP access to ASHM ss100 courses

ASHM has been following news on COVID-19 closely and where feasible, are adapting their education for online delivery, including the HIV and Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber courses and the Curing Hepatitis C in Primary Care course.

While this mode of delivery does not replicate the face to face experience, ASHM are working to ensure a high quality, interactive learning experience. ASHM also acknowledge the additional demands on health professionals’ time may impact on their ability to participate. Course information and registration links will be updated on the ASHM Training Calendar.

Nurse Practitioners will be required to take part in the HIV and Hepatitis B s100 Community prescriber programs, as General Practitioners also do. See https://www.ashm.org.au/HIV/prescriber-programs/how-to-become-hiv-prescriber/ or https://ashm.org.au/HBV/prescriber-programs/how-to-become-a-prescriber/ for more information. There are two pathways, either completing a HIV or Hepatitis B s100 prescriber course, or applying for recognition of prior experience.