National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2003-2013

Healthy Communities and Lifestyle – Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections

To ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy a healthy life equal to that of the general population that is enriched by a strong living culture, dignity and justice.

Page last updated: 30 August 2011

Longer Term Priority Actions (current year and beyond)
(Specific Strategies)

Lead Agency
(Contributing agencies)

Healthy Communities and Lifestyle – Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections

108. Continue to implement the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Strategy 2005-2008, and the related National HIV/AIDS, STI and Hepatitis C Strategies. DoHA
109. Contribute to the evaluation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Strategy 2005-2008, and the related National HIV/AIDS, STI and Hepatitis C Strategies by mid-2008 and consider the evaluation outcomes to determine future approaches. DoHA
110. Facilitate increased access to testing, treatment and management for STIs, HIV and Hepatitis C through ACCHSs, State/Territory government services, mainstream services, and non-government organisations with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. DoHA
111. Facilitate prevention of STIs, HIV and Hepatitis C through education targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are at greatest risk due to certain behaviours, practices or settings.DoHA
112. Improve Torres Strait Islander communities’ understanding and awareness regarding STIs and HIV and support programs to reduce the risk of HIV transmission in the Torres Strait Protected Zone.
113. Develop and implement programs to improve the training, recruitment and retention of the health workforce in relation to blood borne viruses and STIs skills development, with a focus on improving the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. – see also KRA3 DoHA
114. Increase the number of needle and syringe programs (NSPs) being delivered through ACCHSs and facilitate increased access to existing NSPs. Increase needle and syringe programs awareness levels regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population needs in relation to accessing needle and syringe programs. - see also KRA4 DoHA
115. Encourage participation in sexual health fora in each jurisdiction, including Framework Agreement Health Forums. DoHA
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