The Sixth National HIV Strategy

6.3.4 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Page last updated: July 2010

The strategy will ensure attention to the treatment, health and wellbeing needs of Indigenous people living with HIV, consistent with Australian Government commitments to closing the gaps in health outcomes and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. Measures will include:

  • development of culturally effective health promotion programs
  • a focus on addressing stigma and social isolation, that responds to the different support needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in rural and remote communities or in urban settings
  • HIV-positive peer support
  • recognition of the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander input and the role of community-based organisations in delivering support services and in advocating for improved HIV health services appropriate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.