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Key references

References for the key publications about hepatitis among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are listed here.

2013

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 http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2334-13-403

The Kirby Institute (2013)

Bloodborne viral and sexually transmitted infections in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: annual surveillance report 2013.

Sydney: University of New South Wales

The Kirby Institute (2013)

HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia: annual surveillance report 2013.

Sydney: University of New South Wales

2012

de Wit J, Holt M, Treloar C(Eds) (2012)

HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia: annual report of trends in behaviour 2012.

Sydney: National Centre in HIV Social Research, The University of New South Wales

National HCV Testing Policy Expert Reference Committee (2012)

National hepatitis C testing policy.

Sydney: Australasian Society for HIV Medicine

National Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Testing Policy Expert Reference Committee (2012)

National hepatitis B testing policy.

Sydney: Australasian Society for HIV Medicine

Strobel NA, Ward J (2012)

Education programs for Indigenous Australians about sexually transmitted infections and bloodborne viruses.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report investigates the efficacy of sexual health education in improving knowledge about sexually transmissible infections and bloodborne viruses among young Indigenous Australians, and whether this leads to attitude and behaviour changes. Categorising education programs in terms of community-based, combined clinical and behavioural, and school-based, the report describes a range of initiatives that have been developed to raise awareness about sexual health among young Indigenous people, and influence behaviour. The report also explores the barriers and facilitators to the successful implementation and maintenance of sexual health programs, such as having an appropriately trained and well-resourced workforce, and ensuring young people have access to health hardware (e.g., condoms).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2010

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

National hepatitis B strategy 2010 - 2013.

: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

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

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Third national hepatitis C strategy 2010 - 2013.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Markey P (2010)

Nearing elimination of hepatitis A in the Northern Territory following immunisation of Indigenous infants.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 17(3): 1-6

Resnick I, Brener L (2010)

Hepatitis C and the Aboriginal population.

Sydney: National Centre in HIV Social Research, The University of New South Wales

2009

Butler JRG, Korda RJ, Watson KJR, Watson AR (2009)

The impact of chronic hepatitis B in Australia: projecting mortality, morbidity, and economic impact.

Canberra: The Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health

Hepatitis Australia, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Aldo Spina Consultancy Services (2009)

Mapping and scoping of hepatitis C education and prevention activities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: survey of Aboriginal community controlled health services.

Canberra: Hepatitis Australia

 
Last updated: 10 October 2014
 
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