Ongoing monitoring of the PNG–Torres Strait Island cross-border region is supported. Supporting agencies already working in this region to ensure that adequate levels of prevention and education occurs in Torres Strait Islander communities and that regular testing for STIs and HIV occurs over the life of this strategy are seen as critical in preventing an HIV epidemic in this region.
The Torres Strait Island region is in the process of implementing a focused public health program that includes health promotion, surveillance, screening, treatment and management. The Australian and Queensland governments, in partnership with key stakeholders from the Torres Strait Island region and PNG, continue to develop plans and allocate resources to deal with the potential risks in the region.
Priority action in cross border issues
- Continue the multi-agency and systematic response in the Torres Strait Island region to ensure the potential for HIV to escalate in the region does not occur.