PrEP has been listed on the PBS since 1 April 2018. It can be readily prescribed by any GP throughout Australia. The Alfred provided a key research leadership role prior to the PBS listing which provided access to PrEP via the PrEPX Study. The Alfred continues to provide leadership in the area of HIV Prevention and PrEP, our focus on is on leading clinical care initiatives and access, GP and health service education and continuing to lead HIV prevention/PrEP research.
What we do
The Victorian PrEP Service provides PrEP clinics at The Alfred and partner outreach health services and provides:
- Nurse led telephone information service for people wanting to start PrEP or seeking general advice about PrEP
- Specialist Medicare Ineligible Clinic
- Telephone consultation for GPs to assist with commencing patients on PrEP and for specialist advice on managing patients with complex health conditions
- Innovative service responses - developing clinical responses or projects focused on addressing PrEP service barriers and gaps.
Education - Health Professionals and Services
- Provide education sessions on request to GP practices and health services
- Provide In partnership with VHHITAL provide education sessions across Victoria targeting GPs
- Support community and peer based organisations running community focused education on PrEP.
The service continues to undertake research relating to PrEP. The XPlore Study is a follow up study post PrEPX which aims to follow people who enrolled in PrEPX for a further 5 years.
What is PrEP?
PrEP is a tablet that is taken by people who are at risk of HIV. PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by up to 99%.
Where can I access PrEP?
All GPs in Australia are able to prescribe PrEP. However PrEP is relatively new in Australia and your GP may not yet be familiar with prescribing it. If you have any difficulty with obtaining a PrEP prescription from your GP get in touch with us. We will help you find a GP in your area who is already familiar with prescribing PrEP so that you don’t have to wait. We will also talk with your GP and offer to provide some education so that they feel confident to prescribe PrEP in the future.
The Alfred has several PrEP clinics throughout the week, and we can see you here to start you on PrEP. Get in touch to make an appointment.
PAN and PrEP’d websites for Change have a list of GPs that are familiar with prescribing PrEP. See the links below.
How much does PrEP cost?
There is a standard PBS co-payment for each script/month of PrEP.
ResourcesAll patient resources
10 things you need to know about PrEP
PrEP for Trans
PrEP Access Now
PrEP’d for Change
PrEP fact sheet - AFAO 251 KB
This fact sheet provided by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) explains what PrEP access through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) means for those accessing this medicine.
Thorne Harbour Health (THH)