Joint Media Release
The Hon Peter Dutton MP
Minister for Sport
Minister for Health
The Hon David Davis MLC
Minister for Health
Minister for Ageing
7 July 2014
Five new and improved national strategies to target HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections were launched today.
They provide a coordinated national response to HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, STIs and a specific strategy targeting blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections in the indigenous community.
The BBV and STI Strategies were launched by Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton and Victorian Health Minister David Davis in Melbourne which will host the international AIDS2014 conference later this month.
“It’s an important time to renew our efforts through the five national strategies which have been endorsed by all state and territory health ministers,” Mr Dutton said.
“We have been a world leader in teaming up with the medical profession and affected communities to fight these diseases.”
Mr Davis said the states looked forward to working with the Commonwealth to reduce the spread of blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.
“We are united in meeting common goals – working towards Australia being free of HIV and other blood borne viruses and ensuring effective prevention, early detection and treatment,” Mr Davis said.
“The 20th International AIDS conference in Melbourne from 20-25 July is an opportunity to showcase both Australia’s and Victoria’s new approaches to HIV prevention.
“We have also established PRONTO! – a peer-based community led HIV rapid testing trial, convened the Department Advisory Committee for Blood Borne Viruses, established the Victorian Hepatitis B and Syphilis Response working groups and expanded the hepatitis B vaccination program to include more at risk populations.
“Melbourne is looking forward to welcoming national and international delegates from researchers, to scientists, activists, people living with HIV and community members to the AIDS 2014 conference.”
Read about the National Strategies for blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections at the Department of Health National Strategies for blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections page.
Minister Dutton – John Wiseman 0401 776 108
Minister Davis – Ashley Gardiner 0427 560 438