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Graham S (2014)

Sexually transmitted infections/bloodborne viruses in Aboriginal people; understanding the burden of disease and evaluating interventions.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of New South Wales: Sydney


Graham S, Guy RJ, Cowie B, Wand HC, Donovan B, Akre SP, Ward JS (2013)

Chronic hepatitis B prevalence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians since universal vaccination: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

BMC Infectious Diseases; 13: 403

Retrieved 31 August 2013 from


Aratchige PE, Markey P, Webby R, Krause V (2012)

Hepatitis B in the Northern Territory – an analysis of hepatitis B notifications.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 19(2): 1-12


Garland SM, Brotherton JM, Condon JR, McIntyre PB, Stevens MP, Smith DW, Tabrizi SN, Whinurs WS (2011)

Human papillomavirus prevalence amongst Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian women prior to a national HPV vaccination program.

BMC Medicine; 9: 104

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Heffernan ME (2011)

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines: the attitudes and intentions of Australian health providers and parents from three diverse cultural groups toward HPV vaccination of pre-adolescent children.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, The University of Melbourne: Melbourne


Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Second national sexually transmissible infections strategy 2010 - 2013.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Third national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections strategy 2010 – 2013.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

The Third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy was released in March 2010. It is one of a set of five national strategies aimed at reducing the transmission of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) and their morbidity, mortality and personal and social impacts.

The strategy highlights ongoing challenges in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities relating to STIs and BBVs. These include:

  • sustained and unacceptably high rates of bacterial STIs in many remote communities
  • the rate of acquisition of HIV and viral hepatitis through injecting drug use
  • ongoing incidence of HIV infections among men who have sex with men
  • lack of access for many communities to culturally appropriate primary health care services.

The new priority action areas identified in the strategy are:

  • annual, routine and systematic testing, treatment and follow-up for bacterial STIs of sexually active Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • increased access to treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who test positive to bacterial STIs;
  • increased primary prevention activities that seek to reduce the number of new cases of HIV and viral hepatitis among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who inject drugs
  • competent and accredited workforces consistent across all jurisdictions to address the scope of work outlined in the strategy.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Dent E, Selvey CE, Bell A, Davis J, McDonald MI (2010)

Incomplete protection against hepatitis B among remote Aboriginal adolescents despite full vaccination in infancy.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 34(4): 435-439


Cancer Council Australia (2008)

Best practice in cervical cancer immunisation: report of a roundtable discussion about the impact of the human papillomavirus vaccine in Australia.

Sydney: Cancer Council Australia

This report presents the recommendations and summarises the discussions and presentations from the Cancer Council Australia 2007 roundtable on human papillimavirus (HPV). The national roundtable discussed HPV immunisation and its impact on the National cervical screening program. The aim of the roundtable was to share expertise, examine the latest evidence and develop recommendations for policy makers.

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Last updated: 17 October 2014
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