Course Overview


There is no place for complacency in the fight against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In this Course, learn about the global HIV situation and the role of healthcare professionals in stopping the spread of this disease.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define what HIV and AIDS are and explain how the virus works
  • Explain the current national and international HIV situation
  • Describe key principles in the prevention of HIV and AIDS
  • Identify current and emerging treatment options for HIV and AIDS

Topics include:

  • What is HIV?
  • Why HIV is hard to beat
  • National (Australian) and international HIV situation
  • HIV prevention and treatment

Target audience

Healthcare professionals working across all areas of practice.


Equip healthcare professionals working across various areas of practice with current insight and knowledge about the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), its impact and management.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection rates in Australia have recently risen by 10%− a rate increase that hasn’t been seen for 20 years. Nurses and the general public may have become complacent about this potentially deadly virus that affected 35.3 million people in 2012, according to WHO global statistics. With HIV listed as the sixth leading cause of death in the world, it is essential that nurses maintain current, factual knowledge of HIV and remain up-to-date with current treatment and prevention strategies. Nurses have a vital role in community awareness and health promotion, as well as being able to effectively care for people currently living with HIV.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.