A trained and competent clinical and public health workforce is fundamental to managing and responding to STIs and to supporting this strategy’s implementation. All five national strategies identify the difficulties of developing and maintaining such a workforce and combined efforts must address this issue. The problems of recruiting, retaining and training an undersupplied and ageing workforce have been identified.51
This strategy supports the promotion of training and support across all levels of the response and models of service delivery which incorporate multidisciplinary teams and general practitioners, nursing staff and Aboriginal Health Workers.
Priority actions in workforce development
- Strengthening training programs, continuing education in STIs and supporting mechanisms for primary healthcare providers.
- Strengthening the capacity of non-specialist service providers in health, education, justice and other related services to take on STI education and prevention and to respond to the needs of priority populations in respect to STI prevention and other needs.
Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible InfectionsRobert Batey
Michael Kidd (Chair)
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Sexually Transmissible Infections Expert Writing Reference GroupChris Bourne
Marian Pitts (Deputy Chair)
Darren Russell (Chair)
Writing teamLevinia Crooks
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51 McLean S & Savage J, ‘Australia’s Health Workforce: roles, supply, trends, recruitment and capacity to deliver HIV services’, background paper for the Models of Access and Clinical Service Delivery Project, Australasian Society for HIV Medicine, Sydney, NSW, 2009b, <http://www.ashm.org.au/default2.asp?active_page_id=168>.