Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections

The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing provides leadership for the coordination of the national response to blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections through a number of national strategies and initiatives.

Page last updated: 16 May 2013

The department, working through the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference and its sub-committees, facilitates national policy formulation and coordination for blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs). In particular:

The Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infection Subcommittee (BBVSS)

The BBVSS is a key advisory body reporting to Australian Health Ministers’ Conference (AHMC) through the Australian Population Health Development Principal Committee (APHDPC) on strategic policy, programs, social issues and activities related to HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs. The BBVSS forms part of a coordinated response across Australian government, state and territory government, key organisations, peak bodies and national research centres for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, STIs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.

The Australian Government further seeks advice through:

Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections (MACBBVS)

The MACBBVS is the Australian Government’s key advisory body on the national response and management of blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. It is responsible for providing independent and expert advice to the Minister for Health and Ageing on BBVs and STIs. MACBBVS works as an advisory structure and its key role is to provide specialist advice to inform the Australian government’s response to BBVs and STIs, identify emerging issues and ways these may be addressed.

More information

The following documents are also available upon request. Please email: bbvsti (bbvsti@health.gov.au) to request a copy: