Research provides the evidence base for the development and implementation of public policy, programs and service delivery that responds to the evolving needs of people affected by STIs, HIV and hepatitis C. Improvements in planning and decision making can be linked to the collection, analysis and dissemination of accurate and meaningful data.

Epidemiological, basic scientific, clinical, social, and behavioural research contributes to addressing sexual health and BBVs in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

The second National Health and Medical Research Council Roadmap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research16 will provide opportunities for addressing some of the knowledge gaps in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STIs and BBVs.

Forming research partnerships, particularly between the community sector and national research centres will help address research gaps in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health and BBVs. It will also support capacity building in research.

Priority actions in research

  • Identify specific research priorities in relation to primary healthcare access, epidemiological surveillance and health promotion needs for responding to this strategy’s priority population groups.
  • Develop strategies and partnerships to actively involve local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the collection, analysis and interpretation of research data related to their experiences of sexual health and BBVs, and ensure the findings are communicated to their communities and other interested parties, such as policy makers and planners.
  • Continue with established partnerships with national research centres to maximise the development and implementation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health and BBV-related research.
  • Encourage research that examines behaviours associated with sexual practices and injecting drug use in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  • Evaluate strategies designed to, and interventions aimed at, reducing risk behaviours.

Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections

Robert Batey
Bill Bowtell
Graham Brown
Jennifer Bryant
Kerry Chant
Andrew Grulich
Michael Kidd (Chair)
Sharon Lewin
Annie Madden
Helen McNeil
Robert Mitchell
Marian Pitts
Darren Russell
Cindy Shannon
Kim Stewart
Carla Treloar
Helen Watchirs
Mark Wenitong

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses Expert Writing Reference Group

David Brockman
Robbie Charles
Shaun Ewen
Daniel Geus
Heath Greville
Rae-Lin Huang
Brendan Leishman
Andrew McCormack
Wilo Muwadda
Patricia Nona
John Rynne
Mark Saunders
Cindy Shannon (Co-Chair)
Dion Tatow
John Van Den Dungen
Peter Wapples-Crowe
Mark Wenitong (Co-Chair)
Sidney Williams
Jon Willis

Writing team

Levinia Crooks
John Godwin
Jacqui Richmond
Jan Savage
Jack Wallace
James Ward

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16 National Health and Medical Research Council 2009, Roadmap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research.