Combatting Australia's new syphilis epidemic: The crucial role of GPs

2022wed23mar7:30 pmwed9:30 pmCombatting Australia's new syphilis epidemic: The crucial role of GPs

Event Details

While Australia has made some notable progress in the management of sexually transmissible infections (STIs), Syphilis remains a significant public health challenge.

About 2 million Australians see a GP each week, and most STI’s are diagnosed in general practice – GPs have a crucial role in reducing the prevalence of Syphilis in the community through early diagnosis, testing and re-testing at risk patients, and timely and appropriate antibiotic treatment for cure.

This webinar will provide an important update on the specific skills and actions to improve prevention, detection and treatment of Syphilis by GPs including:

  • Comprehensive Syphilis testing and treatment
  • Achieving earlier detection of primary, secondary, and asymptomatic infection
  • Opportunistic testing as part of the time-limited consultation
  • Preparedness for universal (up to five times) testing during and post pregnancy
  • Test, screen and manage Syphilis in a culturally appropriate and inclusive manner
  • Accessing clinical advice and support at point of care

Learning outcomes

  1. Define the risk factors for Syphilis and identify priority and high-risk groups in your practice
  2. Extend skills to improve the diagnosis of primary syphilis and frequency of serological testing to detect very early syphilis
  3. Interpreting correctly and consistently a range of Syphilis test results
  4. Administering treatment protocols correctly, including long-acting Penicillin injection, reducing pain of treatment and multiple treatments
  5. Support women and their sexual health during pregnancy to reduce the risk of congenital syphilis and adverse pregnancy outcomes


(Wednesday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT