Review of Investment in Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Activity – Final Report
State/ Territory Snapshot: Tasmania
The Commonwealth provided $286,302 to community controlled health services directly.
Description of aim, strategies and measures
Location/# of employees
|Mersey Leven Aboriginal Corporation |
|Maternal health is anticipated to be gained by improving the health and wellbeing of pregnant women and their babies. Biannual information sessions to pregnant women. |
Educate the community about safe sex. Providing information and support is the main strategy, measured by maintaining a wide range of resources for distribution. Men and women’s health promotion will also be implemented depending on community need.
Decrease the prevalence of sexually transmissible diseases through access to screening and contraception.
Build and maintain links with other organisations that assist in offering better services for clients. Sharing information at sessions designed to promote networking will keep regular contact with mainstream providers. Measure number of sessions and organisations at events.
|Devonport||Mersey Leven Region|
|South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (SETAC) |
|Ensure ATSI members and families receive information, advice and referrals on sexual health. Information will be disseminated through counselling and emotional wellbeing sessions. |
Increase the number of men using SETAC services by establishing a men’s group. Immediate measuring technique would be to view the increase in the number of men attending.
Conduct group and individual counselling programs in schools and with family groups.
Promote and market existing services through local media and community activities and build linkages with other organisations to assist in service delivery.
|Cygnet||South East Tasmania|
|Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre $178,371.00||Implement a population health approach to clinical and program service delivery through population registers, adult immunisation and monitoring of chronic disease. Rates of cervical screening for women and incidents of disease will be monitored against the 2004/05 baseline. Monitor progress against national rates of vaccination. |
Improve capacity of staff to operate using population health approaches by employing a public medical officer to guide TAC workload and that of other OATSIH funded organisations
Ensure staff have a comprehensive knowledge of sexual health issues through regular training sessions so that they can identify STIs and other potential health problems at the earliest possible stages.
Provide a comprehensive youth health program including sexual health education and advice.
Implement strategies to raise awareness of BBVs and STIs that are more prevalent in the community.
Provide prenatal, antenatal and hospital support for pregnant women and young mothers. Pregnancy support groups also to be held. Responsive support measured by number of mothers catered for will show how they are going
|Burnie, Hobart, Launceston||State service from three clinics|