Seniors with HIV require special aged care services. Plus, specific training is needed for aged care staff. Because of this, a nationally-accredited training program was launched. The training aims to better the services for older people with HIV.
The Training Program
The training was officially launched on October 1, 2017. In fact, the launch forms part of the International Day of Older Persons. This new program was developed by the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM). Notably, it currently receives funding from the Department of Health.
Senior men and women with HIV deserve to get the right aged care services they need
Aged Care Services
Senior men and women with HIV deserve to get the right aged care services they need. Further, people with HIV often feel discriminated against and excluded. Therefore, carefully trained workers are vital to making them feel loved and cared for. Naturally, staff and carers need special training for this. Hence, the importance of the new program.
The training covers aged care services in residential, home and community settings.
Coverage of the Program
The training program is the result of a series of consultations with advocacy groups, health professionals, service providers, and education providers. Moreover, it is a way of debunking some of the myths about HIV. Ultimately, it is one way of getting rid of the societal stigma and discrimination attached to HIV/AIDS.
The training covers aged care services in residential, home and community settings. Plus, it includes various topics on senior care and HIV in general. As part of the training course, aged care staff learn about HIV transmission, disclosure, confidentiality, standard precautions, medication, treatment regimen and other information regarding HIV.
Dr Claire Italiano recently gave a speech on this during a training session at Royal Perth Hospital. Dr Italiano is a vital figure in the program. Plus, she is also the AHSM’s board member.
Implementation and Delivery
Currently, ASHM strengthens its qualifications and training on aged care services for people with HIV. The organisation now works with RTOs and project partners like the National Association of People with HIV Australia. This is to ensure that an accredited unit of competency is delivered nationwide.
It is highly important that aged care staff receive up-to-date and special training in this particular area. Seniors with HIV require support services that boost their health and well-being.
The training program is definitely a step up in how aged care services are offered to this group of seniors. Learn more about the program and ASHM.