Journal article

A chlamydia education and training program for general practice nurses: reporting the effect on chlamydia testing uptake

Anna Wood, Sabine Braat, Meredith Temple-Smith, Rebecca Lorch, Alaina Vaisey, Rebecca Guy, Jane Hocking

Australian Journal of Primary Health | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2021


The long-term health consequences of untreated chlamydia are an increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancies and infertility among women. To support increased chlamydia testing, and as part of a randomised controlled trial of a chlamydia intervention in general practice, a chlamydia education and training program for general practice nurses (GPN) was developed. The training aimed to increase GPNs' chlamydia knowledge and management skills. We compared the difference in chlamydia testing between general practices where GPNs received training to those who didn't and evaluated acceptability. Testing rates increased in all general practices over time. Where GPNs had trainin..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the ACCEPt research officers, general practice staff and GPNs who participated in ACCEPt. The Health Workforce Rural Communities Chlamydia Pilot was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. ACCEPt has been supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), NSW Health and Department of Health, Victoria.