The Sixth National HIV Strategy

6.1.4 People who travel and priority culturally and linguistically diverse populations

Page last updated: July 2010

Australian residents who acquire HIV while travelling and working in countries or regions with high HIV prevalence are a diverse group that includes people holidaying, working overseas or visiting friends and relatives. This group also includes gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers who work while travelling, heterosexual travellers, expatriates and Australians from high prevalence countries returning to their country of origin for visits. More research on this priority population is required, to inform tailored health promotion interventions targeting specific groups travelling to particular countries.

There is also a need to target programs to travel-related prevention and to work with migrant and expatriate communities within Australia—including Papua New Guinea communities in far north Queensland—and people working and studying here and overseas. Opportunities also exist for collaboration between domestic and regional organisations working in the HIV area, as well as across portfolios with migrant and settlement services and through the Australian Agency for International Development and other development partners.