Monday, 03 October 2016 08:42

Training session at Acacia Prison a success

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

If you are interested in offering training at your organsation, contact Reena D'Souza, Training and Development Program Officer via email: 

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by Lisa Tomney, Manager, Clinical Services

Last month, the WA AIDS Council provided comprehensive training for a group of health professionals from the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA). The AACQA is the federal independent body responsible for managing the accreditation and ongoing supervision of Commonwealth funded aged care homes.

Following on from the success of the HIV & Ageing pilot program with Brightwater in 2015, the AACQA was very supportive in promoting the HIV & Ageing training in their newsletter and also indicated an interest in a training package which would suit their accreditation staff.

Whilst the WA AIDS Council is still keen to provide ‘on the ground’ training for any Aged Care Organisation, having the AACQA Assessors be fully informed and putting HIV & Ageing on the agenda through their processes, is indeed very beneficial in terms of systemic advocacy about this important issue.

Training was provided for 20 health care professionals from the AACQA, as part of their professional development day. The training was well received and the feedback was that the session was very informative and engaging.

Where to from here? The WA AIDS Council has been invited to present at the ‘AACQA Better Practice Conference for Home Care & Residential Aged Care’, being held in Perth in October 2016. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘The quality experience - beyond the expected’ where the sector will consider how to move beyond minimum standards of care to embrace a broader definition of quality that puts the consumer experience of quality of life firmly at the centre of care.

The WA AIDS Council applauds the AACQA for its forward thinking, its open doors to our training and has now given us the opportunity to pitch the important issue of HIV and Ageing in WA to the sector at a State based conference.

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