Review of Investment in Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Activity – Final Report
State/ Territory Snapshot: Victoria
The Commonwealth directly funded the Victorian Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Organisation to implement a sexual health plan for the state. Victoria was also allocated $191,336 in 2009-10 for a youth demonstration project. Total state funding for 2009-2010 was $550,014.
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|Sexual health program to provide sexual health support to AHW in OATSIH-funded organisations that aim to improve sexual and reproductive health (including STIs and BBVs) services in VACCHO Member organisations. |
OATSIH Victoria provided $358,678 for the 2009-2010 recurrent core funding for VACCHO’s Communicable Diseases (Sexual Health Program). VACCHO employs a Coordinator and two Project Officers and provides a Sexual Heath Program.
VACCHO’s sexual health team provides support and training to Aboriginal Health Workers to assist their delivery of training, information, referrals and support to their Aboriginal communities. This program also aims to raise the profile of Sexual Health in Victoria through its involvement in providing secretariat support to the VACKH Sexual Health subcommittee and organising stakeholder meetings and submitting Sexual Health as an agenda item at VACCHO member meetings.
|Marie Stopes Australia (youth demonstration project)|
|‘Don’t Let U Community Get Bitten – Ask for a Snake (Condom)’ Project, which is about expanding the condom social marketing and STIs early detection project to impact on 24 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia. Encourages 16-30 year olds to practice safe sex by marketing condoms designed by Aboriginal youth to be culturally acceptable and appealing. The promotion of the condom involves educational messages and health service referrals. It also aimed to improve the sexual and reproductive health of young Indigenous Victorians by acting as an awareness raising and education medium whereby messages about early STI detection can be discussed in an open, safe and culturally appropriate environment. |
The key elements of the Snake initiative include community consultation, design development and distribution of a snake interactive toolkit, training of Aboriginal health workers and peer educators to be Snake Charmers, raising national awareness of the initiative, a youth advocacy program, development and distribution of early detection STI referral cards and handover to the community.
|Australia wide service|